Larger, yet less visited, than its Banff neighbour, Jasper is arguably the most spectacular of the Rockies' national parks. Here, endless backcountry trails – hiked in summer, skied in winter – bring visitors among a landscape of dizzying peaks, rushing rivers and deep river canyons, all framed by delicate ecosystems home to bear, elk, moose and caribou among a host of native wildlife. Access its glacier-sculpted beauty from the spectacular Icefields Parkway, which links the park directly to Lake Louise, or step aboard the Rocky Mountaineer to experience it all from the luxuries of a glass-domed train carriage.
Wildlife and Trails
You can spot plenty of flora and wildlife at Jasper National Park. Winter activities such as ice fishing and guided walks over the frozen lakes also attract the adventurous, while summer trails criss-cross the park in almost every conceivable direction. As the largest national park in the Rockies, Jasper offers more remote exploration, but make sure you plan in advance with the Park Trail Office for more off-the-beaten track adventures.
Jasper's lakes & rivers
Jasper National Park is home to some of Canada's most beauty lakes. First among these is Maligne Lake, whose emerald waters reflect a landscape of snow-dusted peaks and centuries-old forests home to elks, wolves and bears. Continue down Maligne Lake Drive to reach Medicine Lake, which harbours an underground cave network responsible for its changing water levels throughout the year. View the powerful Athabasca Falls and move on to Miette Hot Springs, the hottest natural rockpools in the Rockies.
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Between expert-led tours, handpicked hotel stays and, yes, an ultra-scenic rail journey, this curated itinerary showcases Canada’s dramatic landscapes in style. Along the way, you’ll step out onto glaciers, sweep alongside rushing rivers and summit national-park peaks.
Top itineraries in Jasper
Compare the snow-capped beauty of Banff with Calgary's cowboy culture and the ever-changing landscapes of Alberta's Badlands on this tailor-made fly-drive holiday.
This superb summer escape introduces you to the exciting cities of Calgary and Edmonton, followed by a journey along the spectacular Icefields Parkway, one of the world's most spectacular highways. Take in Canada's Rocky Mountains and the charming mountain resorts of Jasper, Lake Louise and Banff.
This tailor-made winter holiday sees you travel to north to the remote city of Yellowknife, the capital of the Northwest Territories and Canada's most reliable location for spotting the Northern Lights.
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Wexas rail specialist Alison Nicolle reports back from the Rocky Mountaineer’s signature journey – a weeklong itinerary that winds up through the Rockies to link Vancouver and Calgary.
Canada is a country made for train travel, given its size and variety of landscapes that travellers can enjoy from the rails. Rocky Mountaineer offers some standout itineraries for great luxury rail journeys throughout Canada's West.
Winter is Canada's longest season. However, rather than shut down the country comes alive with opportunities for activities and festivities. Essentially the country is one big winter playground.
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