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Celestine Lake Road

Parks has announced the road is opened for the sum­mer. After years of dif­fer­ent clo­sures, the access is open to pub­lic again.

Bridge to North Bound­ary Trail

This road has a time sys­tem, where only one way traf­fic is allowed at cer­tain time of the day. The time sched­ule is post­ed on the entrance of the road. If you are trav­el­ing by bicy­cle, not to wor­ry as you can avoid the traf­fic.

Snake Indi­an Riv­er

Traf­fic: The traf­fic is one way, so please observe the “in” and “out” times. The one way sched­ule is: hours in, 8–9, 11–12, 2–3, 5–6; hours out, 9:30–10:30, 12:30–1:30, 3:30–4:30, 6:30–7:30.

This road is also the trail­head for the North Bound­ary Trail, Celes­tine Lake, Snake Indi­an Falls.

CN rail and Athabas­ca Riv­er

April 22, 2001

Access: High­way 16 East of Jasper approx­i­mate­ly 15 kilo­me­ters.

Park­ing: Yes, in des­ig­nat­ed areas along the road.

Trail­head: Take the Snar­ing turnoff, then dri­ve pass Snar­ing Camp­site.

Activ­i­ties: Hik­ing, Bik­ing, Camp­ing and His­tor­i­cal site.
Map: http://goo.gl/e1esV9



Horseback Riding

Whether you have your own horse or want to ride some. There are out­fit­ters here that can help you out. Plus there is a cou­ple of day ride out­fits that can take you out for a cou­ple of hours or even overnight back coun­try cab­ins.

Lit­tle known fact; You can bring your own horse in the Nation­al Park and enjoy the des­ig­nat­ed trails for hors­es. The Parks Cana­da infor­ma­tion office can sup­ply you with all the details on which trails you can bring your horse.


Horseback Willow Creek
Horse­back Wil­low Creek

Wil­low Creek

by Eddie Wong

Great trail rid­ing for all ages in Jasper Nation­al Park. You can ride for a cou­ple of hour or a cou­ple of weeks. There are a few out­fit­ters that can take you around the town­site area or go into the wilder­ness to some remote back­coun­try lodges. What­ev­er you are into, you will be sure to find an adven­ture of your choos­ing. There are out­fit­ters that will even rent you hors­es and you can cre­ate your own wilder­ness trip. Below are links that you can con­tact to arrange your hol­i­day adven­ture.


Skyline Trail

I have done this trail twice now and both times in harsh weath­er. I was wait­ing to go again so I can get some updat­ed pho­tos for you. Here are some details of the Sky­line Trail for all of you that are inter­est­ed in this spec­tac­u­lar hike.

Patrick Cross­ing the stream
Col­or­ful rock fall
The cairn along the route
View from Watch­tow­er

You can access this trail from sev­er­al loca­tions, Sig­nal Moun­tain, Wabas­so Lake, Watch­tow­er, and the most com­mon route starts at Maligne Lake and end­ing up at Sig­nal Moun­tain.


Cura­tor Lake

There are about sev­en camp­sites on this trail, Eve­lyn Creek 5.2km (dis­tance will list from Maligne Lake Trail­head), Lit­tle Shov­el Pass 8.1km, Snow Bowl 11.8km, Watch­tow­er 21.5 (this camp­site is off the main path, and can be access by the Maligne Lake road just before Med­i­cine Lake 10.3km), Cura­tor 20.4km, Tekar­ra 30.1km, Sig­nal 35.7km then anoth­er 8.5km down to the road. Book­ing camp­sites for this pop­u­lar trail is a must and well in advance.


Be pre­pared for this trek as the weath­er changes are fre­quent and unpre­dictable. These pho­tos were tak­en years ago and it was all in one long 12 hour day. If you think you are unable to hike this trail, try going by horse­back with a local out­fit­ter, and their access is from the Athabas­ca val­ley side by the way of Wabas­so Lake.

Access: Maligne Lake, 48km from Jasper

Park­ing: Yes, last park­ing lot

Trail­head: Short walk

Dis­tance: 45–47 Kilo­me­ters (usu­al­ly 3day trek)

Ele­va­tion Gain: 1,350m

Activ­i­ties: Hik­ing / Horse­back

Thanks to Patrick for being my mod­el.

 by Eddie Wong.



Willow Creek

 North Boundary Trail

Be pre­pared to get your boots wet for this hike to one of the camp­sites on the North Bound­ary Trail. We (Lydia and I) access this route by Rock Lake in the Wilmore Wilder­ness Park. If you take the route from Celes­tine Lake, it takes about 33km, but if you take the route we took, it is only 13km. While dri­ving to Rock Lake we encoun­tered Elk, Goat, Sheep, White­tail Deer and Mule deer.

Rock Lake access
Rock Lake access
Willow Creek
Wil­low Creek

New Bridges

The trail is well marked and beat­en by hors­es. The gen­tle open ter­rain through this val­ley make this trip a walk in the park. Upgrades to the trail was notice­able as we crossed some new­ly built bridges by the Fly-in Trail Crew of 99 (FTC99). The sight of these bridges was def­i­nite­ly a bless­ing to our feet.

Willow Creek foot bridges
Wil­low Creek foot bridges
Willow Creek foot bridges
Wil­low Creek foot bridges

Dur­ing rainy weath­er, you might come across water crest­ing slight­ly over old­er bridges on the far end. But the upgrad­ed bridges are will gen­er­al­ly serve well to keep your feet dry. There is a sec­tion of the creek cross­ing that you can­not avoid get­ting your feet wet, even after attempts to find shal­low chan­nels and pole vault­ing across with no suc­cess! Squish, sloosh, squish …lucky the camp site is not that far.

Willow Creek Headquarters

Arriv­ing at the Wil­low Creek Head­quar­ters (war­den sta­tion) we met up with friends from Jasper. You guessed it, the FTC99 (Sean, Angela, Math­ieu and Pats). They were in for ten days of hard labor. We got to join them for din­ner (a feast I might add) and asked them all about how their tech­niques of con­struct­ing and detail­ing these bridges. All I can say is, HARD WORK. The camp site is about two kilo­me­tres passed this sta­tion.

Our barn abode
Our barn abode
Inside the warden cabin
Inside the war­den cab­in

Since we knew the crew, we got invit­ed to stay and camp out with them. Glad­ly tak­ing them on their offer we enjoyed music, fine food and friends. Vis­i­tors on horse­back passed through to the horse cor­ral at Wil­low Creek camp site.

Willow creek stables
Wil­low creek sta­bles
Horse route
Horse route