Sightseeing in the Jasper Area
Miette Hotsprings - 60
kilometers (50 mintues) on a gently winding road (Highway 16 East
to the turnoff and then North) brings you to Miette
Hotsprings. The hottest springs in the Rockies this is a great
place to unwind. Two hotpools and a very cool pool make for relaxation
and invoigorating plunges. Closed October through April. 780-866-3939
Athabasca Falls - Not
the highest falls in the Rockies but impressive just the same.
You hear the thunderous water as you approach Athabasca
Falls. Hike the area to examine rock formations that have
been carved by the rushing water. 30 kilometers (25 mintues) south
of Jasper on Icefields Parkway.
Sunwapta Falls - 55
Kilometers (40 minutes) to the south of Jasper is Sunwapta Falls.
Lovely rock outcroppings and the familiar roar of water
Medicine Lake -
See Maligne Canyon Walk.
Maligne Lake - 50
kilometers (55 minutes) east on Highway 16 (Yellowhead Highway
towards Edmonton). Maligne is known
for its legendary beauty and unspoilt setting. We recommend the
relaxing guided boat road to the Narrows and Spirit Island and
a visit to the Teahouse. You will never forget the beautiful colors
of the water. Your guide will point out the two mountains that
tower to the south at over 10,000 feet, know as the "Sweater
Girl". Take the easy stroll east and south and watch for
moose, elk and deer along the way.
Maligne Canyon - 50
kilometers (55 minutes) east on Highway 16 (Yellowhead Highway
towards Edmonton). The Maligne River flows
in and then disappears!
1 Kilometer Hike. Take
the easy and shorter canyon loop and see steep canyons where the
wals are eroding 1 inch every 5 years, a dramatic waterfall and
the teahouse. Examine the rock here and see fossilized remains
of Sea Creatures. This terrain was once very much underwater!
3 Kilometer Hike. Visit the upper and lower canyon
and see the waterfalls, teahouse area, six bridges, ever-deepening
canyon and the flow point of an underground river from Medicine
Lake. Medicine Lake (called bad medicine by early natives) can
actually disappear entirely into the underground caverns and cave
networks that drain the lake. Be sure to note how the stream at
the beginning of the canyon becomes a river by the end of the
walk. It is fed by spring water from underneath!!
Mount Edith Cavell - Angel
Glacier - 30 kilometers and 25
minutes south of Jasper is a great morning visit. Cavell road
from the highway climbs steeply up 15 kilometers (9 miles) to
a terrific viewpoint. Interestingly the rubble and debris you
see near the parking lot was caused by the glacier which has retreated
over the last 400 hundred years. The mountain is name after an
English "Lady" who aided scores of first World War soldiers.
She was captured and later executed. The "Path of the Angel
Glacier trail" is an easy walk that will deliver you to Angel
Glacier and its aqua colored lake. For those seeking a longer
hike consider the Glacier and Cavell Meadows Loop. This 89 kilometer
(5 mile) hike is moderate to strenuous. On warm afternoons the
lucky will hear or see giant shards of ice cracking and breaking
from Angel Glacier across the valley. Visit in the summer months.
The Whistlers - See
Goats and Glaciers of the
Icefields Parkway -38 kilometers
(40 minutes) from Jasper on the Icefields Parkway (south of Athabasca
Falls) is a spot where mountain goats gather because of the mineral
rich soil. Good place for photographs. Use the parking lot as
it is not safe to stop on the road.
Jasper Park Lodge - This
is a fabulous deluxe hotel set
between two lakes. It is a site worth visiting even if you cannot
afford to stay overnight. Princess Margaret and King Edward have
graced the lodge with their presence. Located 7 kilometers east
of Jasper townsite on Highway 16 (Yellowhead Highway). The lodge
sits on Lac Beauvert with fine views of Mount Edith Cavell in
the distance. Have a drink in the Emerald Lounge, or sit by huge
fireplaces. Open year round.
Jasper Cemetery - Learn
about the history of the region and the "stories behind the
stones". Early headstones tell of unfortunate meetings with
Grizzly Bears. Very imformative and easy visit. The cemetery is
just east of town on Highway 16 (north side of the highway)
Valley of the Lakes
Lakes Edith and Annette - Very
easy to find and nice easy walks. Beautiful blue-green spring
fed lakes are a joy to see and close to Jasper Park Lodge.
Lake Annette features a fully accessible interpretive
trail, 1 hour in length. A walk around Lake Edith will afford
views of some of the fine homes of those lucky enough to live
Lakes Beauvert, Mildred and Trefoil - Jasper
Park Lodge is built on Lac Beauvert and quite close to Mildred
Lake. Easy walks on Lac Beauvert (trail 4A) will take you through
cool forests, around the green lake (Beauvert in French is beautiful
green) across a wooden bridge and past the Rocky Mountains best
golf course. The Whistlers and Mount Edith Cavell can be seen
from several vantage points.
You may see scuba divers in the Five Lakes who come from the prairies
to train in the relatively warm and clear mountain lakes. Lake
Edith is known to be the warmest.
(& Whistlers Summit 8,100') - A
5 minute drive south of Jasper and then a switchback road (Whistlers
Mountain Road) to the base terminal will bring you to one of the
favorite sites of the Rocky Mountains the Jasper
Tram. Ride the cable cars up or the adventurous (and
conditioned) can hike the 7 kilometer, 1200m elevation gain to
the upper terminal. The large coffee house here is the perfect
place to breathe in the great views while sipping a coffee or
having lunch. The views of the town below, Mount Robson (3953M
- 12,966 feet), and several mountain ranges will take your breath
away. The air is cool and thin up here and the alpine (alpine
means "high mountains" and this is the case here) climatic
zone is a fascinating visit. From the visitor center you can choose
to hike further to the summit of the Whistlers. Watch for small
flowers (pincushions, cinquefoils, dryas and others) and marmots
and squirrels along the path. The climb is fairly steep and you
will want to sign the log book. Spend some time admiring the views
of 45 lakes in the region and be glad you brought extra film.
Open March through October. 780-852-3093
Patricia and Pyramid Lakes
- Easy 10 minute drive above (uphill)
Jasper townsite. Enjoy the two delightful lakes on the "Pyramid
Bench". 5 kilometer trail loops along Cottonwood sloughs
and a small creek before swinging back around. Allow 1.5 hours.
Moose, elk, waterfowl (including loons) and beavers are often
seen. Birdwatchers can be on the lookout
for hummingbords, warblers, yellowthroats and thrushers. From
the shores of Patricia Lake admire the colors of red quartzed
sandstone in Pyramid Mountain (9,000 ft). Visit the island on
Pyramid Lake and stay in the popular lodges across the road from
Little known gems of paradise
Stanley's Eight Waterfalls - 88
Kilometers (1 hour drive) south of Jasper is an astounding place.
Watch on the east (left) side of the highway for two large culverts
and a man-made dike for the roadside pulloff. The little secret
of a trail will lead you past 8 magnificent little falls all within
a "country mile". The rushing waters of Beauty Creek
have carved the rugged terrain and left us with a series of waterfalls
each seemingly taller and more beautiful than the last.
If you wish to see another little known
treasure then visit
Horseshoe Lake - Driving
south from Jasper on the Icefields Parkway it is easy to miss
my personal favorite in the Rockies. Horseshoe
Lake gets its name from its' shape, a big "U" shape.
Steep multicolored cliffs circle the lake and create a little
world of splendid isolation. The local high school kids from Jasper
are known to visit the lake and jump from the cliffs into the
cool water. Come in the spring and you may see them tossing small
boulders onto the thin layer of ice to create a diving hole. Those
crazy Canucks! When you arrive look for the babbling brook that
flows south from the lake and disappears into a tangle of fallen
wood. Drive 28 kilometers south of
Jasper and watch carefully for the sign on the left (east) side
of the highway. The short walk on level ground from the highway
is suitable for all ages but the lake area is a little uneven.
of Jasper National Park