Jasper National Park has been one of the most beautiful places I’ve had the pleasure of seeing.
From the teal blue rivers, the thunderous waterfalls, to the snowy white capped mountains with never ending jagged lines.
We have been impressed with the number of accessible hiking trails. It seems there are numerous trails and not enough time to explore them all.
There are multiple campgrounds in the park. We stayed three nights at the Wabasso Campground, before it closed for the season.
We visited the town of Jasper, that included everything you might need and of course a strip down the main road with plenty of shops and eateries. It was bustling with tourists everywhere. Parking was limited and it’s easy to see why they suggest walking and/or biking the town as opposed to driving. We really liked how the town was separated from the highway, so through traffic didn’t have to fight the activity of the town.
We started our first day in the park by exploring the Athabasca Falls, which was right down the road from our campsite.
There were lots of people there to admire the booming falls. You can read all about Josie’s experience HERE.
After the visiting the falls, we hiked the Valley of the Five Lakes Trail. We enjoyed the 4.5 kilometer loop to see the unique, teal blue lakes. Jason commented more than once how much he would have liked to scuba the lakes. Although I have no idea how he would be able to haul his gear that far through such terrain.
On our second day we headed up the Maligne Valley. We hiked the 4.4 kilometers through the Maligne Canyon, a stunning deep limestone gorge. We also enjoyed a drive down to Maligne Lake.
On our third day in the park we started to head down the Icefields Parkway, which connects Jasper to Banff National Park. To quote a friend of mine, this road has completely knocked our socks off! It is easy to see how many consider it one of the most beautiful drives in the world.
We first stopped and explored the trails around the Sunwapta Falls. The thundering force crashing into the canyon was spectacular.
We continued down the road and enjoyed a few different points such as the Goats and Glaciers Viewpoint. We stopped and stayed the night at the Icefield Centre which was tucked in the pass with views of the Athabasca Glacier.
The next day we encountered rain and snow as we crossed into Banff. We still managed to see the Bridal Veil Falls, and the Weeping Wall. Lucky for us the weather let up just enough for us to get out and explore along the edge of Nigel Creek.