Jasper National Park
For a serene, beautiful experience, immerse your senses in this charming area ringed by mountains, lakes and wildlife.
Head west to enter JASPER NATIONAL PARK, 10,878 sq. km. (4,200 sq. mi.) of preserved wilderness. As part of the ROCKY MOUNTAIN WORLD HERITAGE SITE, the region offers hiking, mountain biking and skating as well as gorgeous scenery and wildlife watching.
Drive the POCAHONTAS INTERPRETIVE TRAIL to the scenic PUNCHBOWL FALLS and soak in the MIETTE HOT SPRINGS (late May to mid October).
Along MALIGNE LAKE Road, walk the rim of MALIGNE CANYON. Winter ice-walks are conducted on the canyon floor.
En route to MALIGNE LAKE, you’ll pass ‘disappearing’ MEDICINE LAKE. Take a 90-minute interpretive cruise to SPIRIT ISLAND, one of the most photographed sights in the CANADIAN ROCKIES.
The JASPER PARK LODGE GOLF COURSE rates as one of Canada’s finest. The guided tour of JASPER TRAMWAY (April to October) affords views of six mountain ranges from 2,300 metres (7,500 ft.). In winter, ski or snowboard the high alpine bowls, glades and groomed runs at MARMOT BASIN.
Continue south from JASPER on the ICEFIELDS PARKWAY (Hwy 93) past campgrounds, lakes, glaciers, and towering peaks. Visit ATHABASCA FALLS, SUNWAPTA FALLS, and the magnificent COLUMBIA ICEFIELDS. Take an ‘ICE EXPLORER’ tour atop 350 m (1,000 ft.) thick glacial ice (May to early October).
Return to EDMONTON via the DAVID THOMPSON HIGHWAY (Hwy 11).