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Jasper National Park
Glaciers & Famous Lakes
Covering over 10,000 square kilometres, Jasper National Park is the largest protected area in the Canadian Rockies. A World Heritage Site, this Alberta national park contains the city of Jasper, and is reached by nearby cities like Hinton, Edson, and Fox Creek.
Established in 1907, Jasper draws nearly two million annual visitors. Home to the Columbia Icefield – where you can try the famed Ice Walk – Jasper NP is connected to Banff National Park by the Icefields Parkway.
Jasper National Park is known for attractions like Mount Edith Cavell, Athabasca Falls, and the incredible Maligne Lake. View the entire landscape from on high with the Jasper Tramway – Canada’s longest aerial tramway.
Jasper also offers the usual national park activities – everything from hiking, biking, and climbing to water and winter recreation. Wildlife viewing and bird watching are highly encourage, while other fun includes scuba diving, and even frozen waterfall ice climbing.
While in the Canadian Rocky Mountain town of Jasper, schedule plenty of time to experience the best of northern Alberta's Jasper National Park.
One of the best ways to see the beauty of the park, is from an enclosed tram cabin aboard the Jasper Tramway. The tramway remains Canada's highest and longest guided aerial tramway. Located southwest of downtown Jasper, the tramway ascends from 4,279 feet to a height of 7,472 feet to the Upper Station.
Passengers marvel in the views of the six mountain ranges, along with amazing views of the Athabasca River in Jasper National Park. Enjoy the seven-minute ride to the top, while listening to the tour guide provide information on the area's history and points of interest.
Enjoy a meal in the Treeline Restaurant, located at the Upper Station on Whistlers Mountain, and take it all in. The Gift Shop and Snack Corner at the Lower Station also offers clothing, souvenirs and food.
While traveling across the vast, open plains of northern Alberta, be sure to experience all of the facets of Jasper National Park. One of the most memorable experiences is partaking in a guided Ice Walk onto the Columbia Icefield, the Rocky Mountains' largest section of ice. This incredible mass of ice extends over twenty-five kilometres long, on the border of Alberta and British Columbia.
During a half-day or full-day tour, guides lead participants onto the slow moving Athabasca Glacier, close to the Icefield Parkway. Tours range from beginner to more advanced, offering the chance to view ice crevasses, with the potential of seeing an avalanche.
Make your way through the Athabasca River valley to reach the Icefields Parkway, also known as Highway 93. This incredible scenic road is a premier destination in northern Alberta.
Continue your travels along the 140-mile parkway, passing through Banff National Park, until it ends at Lake Louise, north of Moraine Lake and Banff. Be sure to look for the portions of the Columbia Icefield, visible from the parkway. Take your time exploring this wonderful area of Alberta.
Visit Maligne Lake for a breath-taking view of the towering Canadian Rocky Mountains, against the gorgeous lake. Located in Jasper National Park, Maligne Lake is a wonderful Jasper attraction. The tiny Spirit Island in the middle of the lake is one of the world's "most photographed" locations. Enjoy a scenic 90-minute boat tour to Spirit Island during the spring, summer and fall to really appreciate the lake's beauty. Canoe and kayak rentals are also available for paddling along the lake. Drop a line into the lake to try to catch trout or lace up your hiking boots to explore the park by foot. Stay close to the park, in a comfortable Best Western guest room while in beautiful Northern Alberta.
Beauty abounds in Northern Alberta's Rocky Mountains. These incredible mountains are home to Jasper National Park, the Rockies' largest park encompassing more than 2,700,000 acres of land.
Be sure to take a break to see the stunning Athabasca Falls. Water from the Athabasca River rushes over the eighty foot high by sixty foot wide falls, with powerful force. Enjoy a short hike along the trail to one or more of the several viewing platforms to see the water falling into the gorge.
Be sure to bring your camera to capture these beautiful falls and the surrounding landscape. Bring along a picnic lunch or snack to enjoy near the falls and relax as you listen to the water rushing by.
With so much to see and do in Jasper National Park, you'll find it easy to experience adventure in Jasper.
Mount Edith Cavell
Recreational enthusiasts can rejoice because Jasper National Park is also home to Mount Edith Cavell.
This beautiful mountain, located in the Astoria and Athabasca River valleys, was named after English nurse Edith Cavell in 1916. Cavell was killed during World War I for helping soldiers escape to the Netherlands from Belgium.
One of the prominent features of Mount Edith Cavell is Angel Glacier, hanging on the north face of the mountain, above Cavell Meadows. Enjoy hiking to the meadows for great views of the glacier and the mountain peak. Rock climbers have access to a variety of climbing routes on the mountain, including the West Ridge, East Ridge and North Face routes.