Canadian Rockies - Jasper National Park

May 10, 2013
Whenever we refer to the Canadian Rockies; Banff, Lake Louise & Jasper enter our minds. Snow capped mountain peaks as far as the eye can see. Unspoiled valleys, vast open meadows; breathtaking would be an understatement.

Our focus shifts to the town of Jasper in the UNESCO World Heritage site of Jasper National Park nestled in the Athabasca River Valley of the northern Canadian Rockies. Considered a more relaxed and laid-back mountain town compared to its’ older and more bustling sister; Banff, Jasper boasts a plethora of activities geared towards those looking for a quiet getaway, an outdoor adventure or both.

Part of the town’s appeal is its inherent isolation. Edmonton is 360km/225mi east, Prince George 370km/230mi west and Banff nearly 300km/185mi south. You’ll be surrounded by pristine alpine forests, craggy mountain peaks, glacier-fed lakes and have the opportunity to see an abundance of wildlife in their own natural environment.  You’re more likely to see different species of wildlife in Jasper National Park than anywhere else in the Canadian Rockies.  Moose, grizzly bears, caribou and coyote sightings are more common which could be one of the reasons why the Town of Jasper welcomes over 2 million visitors a year.

The park is home to the expansive Athabasca Glacier and Columbia Icefield, the narrow depths of Maligne Canyon and the geological anomaly of Medicine Lake, also known as the region’s disappearing lake. We’ll let you discover the true mystery behind it when you get here.

Outdoor enthusiasts will find Jasper their playground. There are many hiking trails within the park that range from the easy to the challenging. Our picks? Valley of the Five Lakes, Wilcox Pass and the Opal Hills Loop near Maligne Lake.

If you want to relax in luxury, look no further than the Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge. It overlooks Lake Beauvert where you can canoe or kayak in the warm temperatures of the summer. We’ve stayed there before; imagine our reaction one afternoon when we opened our door to see three sets of male elk wrestling each other with their antlers. Let’s just say that we didn’t watch for too long but were transfixed for what felt like a lifetime.

You could go absorb the aerial views visiting the Jasper Tramway, play a round of golf at the Jasper Park Lodge, canoe or kayak in the turquoise waters of Lac Beauvert, explay the half-day train journey to Harvey, BC or tame the whitewater rapids of Sunwapta or Athabasca Rivers. Day trips to the Columbia Icefield are a great experience with walking on an enormous glacier a highlight.

Need we say more? We recommend a visit if you have time in your vacation.

Some packages we offer that feature Jasper:

Canadian Rockies to the Pacific from Calgary
Canadian Rockies Resorts from Calgary
Rockies Explorer from Calgary

As ambassadors of Parks Canada and the National Parks system, we kindly request that you do not feed, approach or touch wildlife. Travel in groups, stick to the trails and be safe. Exercise caution where necessary.

If you would like to know more, please speak to one of our Vacation Planners on 1-877-791-5500 or use LiveChat above. We are based in the Canadian Rockies and will happily give you any advice you need.
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