This attraction is now in full operation. What a way to check out Jasper at high elevation and looking into the valley where Jasper townsite resides. Spend a day and explore the peak, have a sunset dinner at the restaurant, whatever you decide, it is nice to be outdoor.
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 to these lakes. Hiking is a great option too to spend more time taking in the scenery, sights and smell of Rocky Mountain air.
These lakes are refreshing as we locals call them, so if you care to take a dip in them, be prepared to get a little bit chilled.
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 force of the rushing water carrying sand and rock. Parking and restroom facilities. paved trail and picnic sites available.
In the winter there are track-set cross-country skiing trail nearby. In the summer this is also a starting point for whitewater rafting which takes you down some scenic sights only accessible by water craft. Check out the sponsors below and take in the adventure that awaits you.
Access: Highway 93 (Ice Field Parkway) South of Jasper approximately 30 kilometers.
Exploring new area is one of these places. It has been around for awhile, but we had never ventured into this area before. Even though thousands of visitors travel through the Columbia Icefield, this ice cave has not seen many of those visitors. Due to the seasons, it is very difficult to get to in the summer months, plus it is also dangerous when ice melts.
Athabasca glacier can be access by Ice Explorers in the summer months. There is also an outfit that offers hikes onto the glacier, but not to this cave due to the dangers that lurk.
Use caution to explore this area. Do not venture too deep into the cave due to crevasses with in the cave itself. Proper tools to venture deeper is recommended.
Access: Highway 93 south, approx. 105km from Jasper
Trailhead: at base of glacier where the summer platform ends