Rocky Mountain Flowers

Rocky Mountain Flowers

Here are some of the wild­flow­ers of Jasper. From time to time, I come across species that I can­not rec­og­nize, get right or even find in the ref­er­ence in flower books. Please feel free to com­ment or toss me an email with the cor­rect name.

Calypso Orchid
Calypso Orchid
Brown Eyed Susan
Brown Eyed Susan
Blue Flax
Blue Flax
Common Butterwort
Com­mon But­ter­wort
Blue Eyed Grass
Blue Eyed Grass
Elephant Head
Ele­phant Head

Maligne Canyon Summer

Amazing deep canyon walls

One of the most spec­tac­u­lar gorges in the Cana­dian Rock­ies, sheers lime­stone walls plunge to depths of over 50 metres(165 ft.).  An inter­pre­tive trail winds its way from the pic­nic area across six bridges where you can catch the spray from the thun­der­ing Maligne River, or peer into the mossy depths.

Infor­ma­tional map
No fences here, use cau­tion
Maligne Canyon
Safety net
Maligne Canyon - Jasper
view from above
Maligne Canyon - Jasper
Frozen water­falls

Sum­mer has a dif­fer­ent charm to Maligne Canyon, although you can­not get right into the canyon itself, unless you are a Kayaker. You can how­ever walk along the the Canyon from above to view the beau­ti­ful water falls and gorges.

Maligne Canyon - Jasper
good paths
Maligne Canyon - Jasper
Good Park­ing area with the entrance close by
Maligne Canyon - Jasper
Guided tours avail­able year round


Nearby, between the Fifth and Sixth bridges, are the Rock Gar­dens and the Boul­der Gar­dens, Jasper’s fore­most climb­ing areas. In the win­ter, try your hand at a guided Canyon Tour across the floor of the frozen canyon.  This is a sight you’ll not want to miss!  The Tea House is open from March to early Novem­ber.

Maligne Canyon - Jasper
easy steps
Maligne Canyon - Jasper
Great for fam­ily fun

Maligne Canyon - Jasper

spec­tac­u­lar view

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Coronet Creek Adventure

Coronet Creek Camping

I was a lit­tle hes­i­tant in writ­ing about this trip, because I wanted to keep it secret from the mass vis­i­tors to the area. Real­iz­ing that the best expe­di­tions can­not be hid­den away. This trip con­sist of water­crafts (canoes & sea kayaks) of human power. The length of Maligne Lake is approx­i­mately 22 kilo­me­tres long and Coro­net Creek camp­site is at the south end of the Lake. Need­less to say it is a long pad­dle down, if you can afford to rent the elec­tric motor­ized ver­sion (no gas pow­ered motors allowed) at var­i­ous places in Jasper, you can relax and enjoy the scenic ride.


There is some­thing about pack­ing all your gear and being self suf­fi­cient for a cou­ple of days in the wilder­ness. This par­tic­u­lar trip started with a thun­der and light­ing show min­utes before we arrived at the put-in. The weather seemed to clear up, so off we went on our annual trip down the lake. We chose not to stop and camp at Fish­er­mans Bay (approx­i­mately 14 km south) this time around, so the trip only needed three days and two nights, mainly due to work rea­sons. Only two camp­sites are on this lake and only eight tent pads per site, so reser­va­tions are a must. Pick up per­mits at the Parks infor­ma­tion build­ing in Jasper.
Lets get back to the weather as this played an impor­tant role on this out­ing. Giv­ing thanks to Mother Nature at first, great tail wind that pushed us along to the nar­rows and then the dread­ful head­wind that fol­lowed. The sky was over­cast and the the waves were start­ing to rise, and the tour boats that roam up and down the lake added to the wakes. Still in good spir­its, some of us were wor­ried about the waves, so we took refuge at sev­eral spots along the lake. There is some day use areas with fire pits if you had to stay out of the water. Real­iz­ing the weather was not going to let up we ven­tured onwards to Coro­net Creek.

The kayak­ers got there first and we canoeists soon fol­lowed. Six and a half-hours since we put-in, we finally arrived, a shout of joy and a shout for BEER! After quench­ing our thirst, tents and tarps went up fairly quickly as a storm was approach­ing. We pad­dled across the bay to pick up drift­wood and dead­falls for the camp­fire. It was sad to see that ear­lier campers had left cans in the pits. A beau­ti­ful place and quite a bit of work to get here and still not enough respect for the area. OH well, I digress.
Noth­ing like a well-earned meal by the fire with the tarps over our heads and the rain pour­ing down, yet we still man­aged to stay dry. Morn­ing came quick, the dis­cus­sion about whose tents stayed dry and whose snor­ing was louder was the topic. The rain did not let up, but that did not stop Mike, Dan and Al from a hike to Coro­net Glac­ier. The rest of us stayed by the camp under the tarp and wished the next day would bring good weather. No such luck. The war­den came by in the morn­ing to con­firm the bad news, head­wind and snow all the way back home!
Why did we ven­ture here? Well, after five to six beau­ti­ful lucky years, we were bound to have one crap­pie weather canoe / camp trip. Coro­net Creek, still a mag­i­cal place even if you can’t see the moun­tain tops. Just be pre­pared and make the most out of it.


Access: Maligne Lake

Park­ing: Yes

Trail­head: Boat Launch on Maligne Lake

Dis­tance: 21 kilo­me­tres on the lake.

Activ­i­ties: Canoe / Camp­ing


The Cast:
Nancy, Miriam, Larry, Jay, Mike, Al, Dan, Rhonda, Rob, Eddie


Lake Annette

Many come here to pic­nic, Bar-b-q, play Fris­bee or just soak­ing up the rays as the sun really hits this area. If you are lucky you might see the Ospreys (bird of prey) hunt for their food, they are known to fre­quent the area as I can attest to. Watch­ing them dive into the water and pulling out some­thing you brag about after your fish­ing trip, is some­thing to behold.

great way to spend a hot day

Wild life is of abun­dance, as food attracts ani­mals (please do not feed ani­mals), some get too close for com­fort as these are wild ani­mals and very unpre­dictable. Some ani­mals include White­tail deer, Mule deer, Bears and Elk. There is also a cat­a­comb of hik­ing trails that orig­i­nates from this area. The Parks Infor­ma­tion Cen­tre can sup­ply you with free maps.

Float with a matress
carry out your bev­er­ages on a float­ing caddy

Boards are avail­able to rent these days in Jasper.    annette-lake-041723   annette-lake-041750

A day use area with plenty of thing to do, as this a large area with open spaces devel­oped for every­one to enjoy the park beach set­ting like you would find like the parks in your city (Not), This set­ting comes with a gor­geous view from the val­ley bot­tom. Panoramic views of the majes­tic Rocky Moun­tains that Sur­rounds Lake Annette. Take a walk around this glacial fed lake and appre­ci­ate the wilder­ness with­out get­ting to far into the back coun­try.

Jasper’s sandy beach
All ages

This area is for day use only and the war­dens will put out your fire if you stay too late, some­thing I do not agree with, but there are van­dals that make it bad for every­one. Please keep area clean for every­one to enjoy.

just float­ing along

Access: From Jasper head towards The Fair­mont Jasper Park Lodge, just before the JPL wel­come gates, turn left
Park­ing: Yes

Trail­head: 5 min­utes east of Jasper on HWY 16, 5 min­utes lodge road

Activ­i­ties: Canoe / Fish­ing / Wind Sail­ing / Bar-b-q / Day Use


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