Divergence Lake

Jasper-Hamber

Jasper to Hamber (EPIC) I'm not exaggerating with the title I've given this, most likely the most awesome off trail adventure in my hiking history....So far anyway. Its hard to know where to begin but all I can say is that this is one of those treks which grabs hold...

Parkers Ridge

Parker's Ridge is a great place to day hike once you enter Jasper national park border from Banff. Combining nature and human activity, this area has dangers that can be life threatening. But with proper knowledge of the terrain, this place is a great playground for...

Sulfur Skyline

Sulfur Skyline This day hike is fairly straight forward as you park your vehicle in the hot springs parking lot, probably will be greeted with the Big Horn Sheep's tongue. The sheep love to lick minerals off the parked vehicles here. The trailhead is just behind the...
The gang taking a lunch break

Watchtower Basin

Access: Maligne Lake road approximately 18km from Jasper  Parking: Yes  Trailhead: Short walk  Distance: 9.8 km one way Activities: Sightseeing, hiking, camping Watchtower Basin Trail Backcountry campsites bear poles, pit privies, and fire boxes (where fires are...

Kerr Lakes

Kerr Lakes   Having only an ordinary weekend to get to such a difficult spot in the rugged Victoria Cross Ranges northwest of Jasper townsite meant trying to figure out the shortest approach possible, but as I found out this didn't mean it would be in any way...

Valley of the Five Lakes

A favorite for visitors and locals. These five lakes can be accessed in number of ways. Drive to the trail head on the 93 south, just about 6 miles, or 9 km. This is a popular spot, so the parking is tight. Local favorite is to ride a mountain bike from the back route...
Mystery Lake Trail - ExploreJasper

Mystery Lake

The trailhead starts at the same place you would go to for Sulfur Summit, there will be a trail marker that points you to Mystery Lake. This hike takes you on a beautiful Lake that lies just outside of the Jasper National Park boundary. You can...
Whistlers Mountain terminal

Whistlers Mountain

Fairly steep elevation gain to the top terminal of the Jasper Tramway. This route is recommended after the snow has disappeared. If you ever hiked in iso thermal snow, you will know what I am talking about.

Our resident dog whisperer

Red Squirrel Trail

This trail has been around for a while, but Parks decided it needed a name and has upgraded the trail nicely. Mainly, it connects the town and Jasper Park Lodge with minimal auto traffic. Access from Hazel ave in Jasper, you head toward the Highway 16 (Yellowhead)...
Wilcox Ridge - Explore Jasper

Wilcox Ridge

An easy hike to the Ridge is a must for day hiking in the Icefield area.

Moose Loop - Maligne Lake - Jasper

Moose Loop

Part of the six pass route, this loop is open year round and it meanders near Maligne Lake. Great for all ages to explore the woods and perhaps take a picnic along the shores of the lake. In the winter, this loop is groomed cross country ski track. Depending if Parks...
Morning fog at Miette Camp

Miette Packtrail Adventure

"Why not hike a trail for a change" kept ringing in my head as I was planning another excursion into the wilds of Jasper National Park. But it had to be a trail which led into remote and seldom visited country, a place where my inner cravings for challenge and...
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Scrambling Mystery Canyon

Bring a nice pair of leather gloves to save your hands. Once reaching the top of the canyon, a hanging valley awaits. Beautiful vistas on the cliffs over the canyon is worth the day trip.

Terry at the edge of the lake, Edith Cavell

Mount Edith Cavell

Few summits in the park can match Mount Edith Cavell’s jagged beauty. A small powder blue melt water lake and beautiful Angel Glacier

Pyramid Mountain - Jasper Alberta

Pyramid Mountain Climb

The hike is fairly steep and hands on, so it is rated scrambling in my books. Scrambling the local backdrop A little misleading with the word climb, this trip is a multi sport event. Biking the first part is recommended and you will love the downhill when you are done...

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. 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...
Athabasca Falls - Explore Jasper

Athabasca Falls

The headwater comes from the Columbia Glacier about 70 kilometers south. Among the most powerful and breathtaking falls in the Rocky Mountains, The Athabasca River thunders through a narrow gorge where the walls have been smoothed and potholes are created by the sheer...
Morro Canyon - Explore Jasper

Morro Canyon

A late snow year allows for this trek to be done in December.

Standing on snow bridge

Hiking Snaring River Spring Time

Snaring River Exploring areas like this is just what we like about living in Jasper.  Snaring river is beside a campground which is closed until summer rolls around. This campsite is a walk in camp. Park your car and carry your outdoor equipment to your site and set...

Fryatt Hut

Backcountry huts are the only way to go for the ultimate rest and relaxation. If you get the hut to yourself would be a bonus. This area is mainly geared toward the mountaineers who want to bag peaks. Brussels peak is by far the most distinict peak in my books. There...
Opal Hills - Explore Jasper

Opal Hills

Located in the Maligne valley. This trailhead starts at Maligne lake.

Mt. Paul overlooking Coronet Creek

Mount Paul

Mt. Paul If you want to summit, crampons are recommended for the section prior to summit. Otherwise the trail was fairly straight forward, canoe across from Coronet campsite dock, head into the valley until you find a suitable accent north and try not to get cliff-ed...

Jasper House

A biking or hiking to historic site, the access is along a service road maintained by CNR is where you can park the vehicles or ride the bike out for an extended burn. The area has only remnants of the settlers back in the day. So you might miss the area if not for...
Amazing view for the Whirlpool Valley

Geraldine Lakes Fire Lookout

Abandon site of a fire lookout What do locals do when there is a day off from the hustle and bustle of the summer traffic? They go hiking and explore the few trails that parks has still left open for the hikers and pets. This relatively short hike but a rough road to...
Taking a lunch break Edith Cavell Caribou Lake

Caribou Lake

Going beyond the Cavell Meadows will bring you to a beautiful Alpine Tarn ( Caribou Lake ), the scenery opens up with breathtaking Vistas.

sign to Vine Creek

Vine Creek

The Celestine Road recently opened to traffic for the season, I was asked what is there to do up that road? Vine Creek popped into mind. This hike is rarely used to my knowledge, and the last time I went, it was overgrown with bushes.   I'm not even sure if there...
brazeau-headwaters

Brazeau Headwater

Brazeau Headwaters “Your instincts are telling you something. Trust them and listen to them.” ― Ed Viesturs I had already been to the Swan Lakes once earlier in the summer, this time I wanted to push on towards the Brazeau headwater and come back via the Swan pass....

Buffalo Prairie – Walking

Seems to be a favorite for dog owners to walk this field. We thought it would be fun to have a picnic by the stream. But coming here, we forgot to pack the picnic for the adults. It is also the second day of the nature challenge mentioned by David Suzuki FDN. It is...
Willow Creek warden cabin

Willow Creek

Be prepared to get your boots wet for this hike to one of the campsites on the North Boundary Trail. 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.

Marjorie Lake

Short access to this lake on a well used trail. Part of the Saturday night lake loop. From town it is 2.5km one way to this small lake. Very popular with runners and dog walkers. Access: Cabin Creek trail 2014 HOTELS My Jasper Nanny ( Nanny Ser­vices ) Athabasca Hotel...

Hiking Activities

We recommend registering with Parks Canada. “A lot of people are afraid to register, but even a twisted ankle can have you out overnight.”  Checking with the Parks Canada trail information office at the visitor information centre for up to date trail conditions and maps is also a good idea.  Hikers can choose from day hikes (some take only a hour or so) or overnight trips.

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Hiking Stories

“Good footwear is most important and you have to dress for the conditions” says Jasper Nature Experience guide Cleone Todgham.  “Layered clothing is a good idea because it can be a lot cooler at higher elevations.”   You should also make sure your day pack contains sunglasses, sun screen, a hat, a first aid kit and water before you set out.

Scrambling Mystery Canyon

Bring a nice pair of leather gloves to save your hands. Once reaching the top of the canyon, a hanging valley awaits. Beautiful vistas on the cliffs over the canyon is worth the day trip.

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Waterfalls – Poboktan

Waterfalls - Poboktan: Off-trail fashion. There I was, at the horse gate just before Waterfalls campground. My plan was to ascend a steep slope along the creek (left side climber view). The pine forest was quite open with few deadfalls on the ground, I quickly got to...

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Geraldine Lakes Fire Lookout

Abandon site of a fire lookout What do locals do when there is a day off from the hustle and bustle of the summer traffic? They go hiking and explore the few trails that parks has still left open for the hikers and pets. This relatively short hike but a rough road to...

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Wilcox Lake

Exploring the Wilcox area Wonderful hike off the Wilcox trail, a lake hidden behind some ridges. It was nice to see hidden gems like these. I don't think we saw this in a hike book when we decided to do this trek. Word of mouth in around town amongst the like minded...

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Cinqfoil Mountain

False summits after false summits Cinqfoil mountain is  a interesting hike, it does not seem long, but it pretty well takes a whole day to summit when you finally hit the peak. The hike starts off low and some what wet if the marsh is high. The year we did this hike...

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LODGING WEST IN BC

  • Mica Mountain Lodge
    (Located near Mount Robson, half an hour to the
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LODGING WEST IN BC

  • Mica Mountain Lodge
    (Located near Mount Robson, half an hour to the
    Jasper National Park boundary)
  • Dreamcatcher Inn
    (Located near Valemount Just over an hour west of Jasper)

 

 

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