Fall in love with Jasper
If you want to take a trip to the Rockies, then there is almost no better place to check out than Jasper National Park in Alberta. Jasper National Park is the biggest national park in the entire Canadian Rockies, located north of the very popular Banff National Park. Jasper National Park is a breathtakingly beautiful place, with no shortage of natural wonders to see and fun activities to do.
Here are 5 places that you should visit in order to make the most out of your trip:
1) The Columbia Icefield
The majestic Columbia Icefield covers a total of 389 square kilometers, or 233 square miles, making it the largest ice field you can find south of Alaska. Not only is the Columbia Icefield itself a sight to behold, but it is also surrounded by some of the tallest mountains of the Canadian Rocky Mountains. It feeds 8 glaciers and receives up to 7 meters of snowfall every year. The Icefield Interpretive Centre offers tours out to the Athabasca Glacier, so sign up if you’d like some adventure.
2) Miette Hot Springs
The Miette Hot Springs are the hottest hot springs in the entirety of the Canadian Rockies. The water needs to be cooled from its natural temperature of 54ºC, down to 39ºC for the hottest pool. The hot springs are commercially developed and divided into a few pools of varying temperatures. They offer a fantastic view of the Fiddle Valley and the surrounding tree-covered mountains. The 15km seasonal road leading to the Miette Hot Springs contains a lot of switchbacks, but the views are worth it.
3) Maligne Lake
Having so many glaciers, Jasper is naturally abundant in glacier-fed lakes. The largest of these, which also just happens to be the largest glacier-fed lake in the entire world, is Maligne Lake. Maligne Lake is 22km long, and known for its sparkling, clear, blue water. You can take a boat cruise or catch views of this beautiful lake from one of the many hiking trails available in the area.
4) Athabasca Falls
The Athabasca Falls are not known for their height, but rather for the power of the rushing water that pours into the gorge below. Many waterfalls lose their power during the fall, but the Athabasca Falls continue roaring even then. There are picnic areas available, so bring a lunch to have at this picturesque location, which lies only 30km south of the town of Jasper.
5) Patricia Lake and Pyramid Lake
These two lakes are listed together because of their close proximity to one another. Patricia Lake and Pyramid Lake can both be reached by a road leading straight from the town of Jasper. Just follow signs once you are in town and you should have no trouble finding them. The lakes and their surrounding area offer a wide variety of activities for you and your family to enjoy. You can go hiking, fishing, and boating in the summer, or skiing and skating in the winter.