Hiking Activities


Walking is one of the best ways to get a real feel for the mountain region, enjoy great views and hopefully you see some wildlife in its natural habitat.


There is a variety of hikes available but be sure to check the distance and degree of difficulty before you set out. And always carry the appropriate gear.
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.

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...

Geraldine Lakes

The water falls are what most people go to see. but if you venture on to the upper lakes, you will be blessed with more spectacular views. Beautiful green lakes and rugged terrain makes this a classic half day hike or overnight camping. The lakes overflow into the...

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...

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. Big but coming here, as we forgot the picnic for the adults. Oh, well we still get to #lovenature on the prairie. It is also the second day of the...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Winter Hike to Hibernia Lake

A short 6+ km hiking in the snow or should I say a lack of this year.  Follow the cabin creek on trail 3 to the west and the first lake you will encounter is Minnow Lake, then a 1 km past that is Hibernia lake.  Snowshoe tracks was spotted, but the packed trail by...

Discovery Trail

Take a stroll around town The Discovery Trail is a looped trail that surrounds the town. The trails are just footsteps right from your accommodations and lodgings. Jasper is quite environmentally sound when it comes to driving. you really don't need a vehicle when in...


Fly in and hike Travel to the remote locations in less time than you can image. Reach the high alpines of the mountain tops without the sweat. Helicopter hiking is becoming the norm, as the service is widening in the Rockies. Did you ever want to stand on the alpine...

Verdant Pass

Verdant Pass We drove south on hwy 93 then turned onto hwy 93a just pass the south park gate. A few kilometers up this road past Marmot Basin turn off is the Edith Cavell road. The road is closed in the off season, so check in at the parks office for information on...

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...

Roche Bonhomme

You start this trail just across the Maligne Canyon Hostel facing south east. Find the trail close to the drainage that leads you uphill. You will be in the trees for the most of this trip. When you get higher in elevation, you will come across a old burn area. This...

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. You can access this trail from...

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...

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.

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...

Shops & Services LINKS

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  • 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)


Tour Outfitters LINKS






  • 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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