Top 5 activities in the Spring

Spring is a great time to enjoy the warmer weather that brings with it. Flowers starts to bloom, taking a walk along the banks of the receding ice from the lakes and rivers, running through the valley trails when the paths are drying up, biking on the roadways when the gravel is cleaned up, alpine skiing in slush and the adventure tours are just a few of the activities you can enjoy in Jasper National Park.

WALKING

It may seem that we use vehicles everywhere in our daily lives, but we live in the National Park and to appreciate the natural setting of this wonderland, a simple activity of walking in a pace you are comfortable with has many benefits. There is a wonderful Discovery Trail that encompass the town of Jasper that is well maintained and also equipped with interpretive signs along the entire route.

This trail is great for families and not too diffcult. The snow is normally cleared or melted by this time of the year.

biking

Staying lower than 1200 metre in elevation, you should have no problems riding those trails. We do appreciate cyclsts to stay off the trail, if the trail is wet or muddy, it gives the trail a better experience when it is dry later on in the summer.

Road cycling is a really good option once the gravel is off the road. The Gran Fondo has now put Jasper in the mix and happens just around the end of Spring.

skiing

YES, there is still skiing in the spring. The alpine skiing is still available till the first week of May. The locals tend to wait till the afternoon sun hits and the snow softens up just sweet enough plow through the snow with little or no effort.

The backcountry still offers some touring, but this activity should be done with a guide.  The avalanche gets a little higher with the flucution of temperature. 

Dining

Why dining you say for activity? For one, there are special prices when the Summer is just around the corner. Some of the establishments tend to create their new menu for the upcoming onslaught of tourists to perfect their dishes.

As locals, we tend to taste these dishes so that we are aware of what to recommend and what to avoid. You do not believe how many times the visitors asks a local for recommendations.

Spring Cleaning

You might laugh, but this is a thing. You can also get bargains from others that are purging their stuff. The thrift store at the United church gets a influx of donated items this time of year.

The new staff for the summer is amping up, so they will be hunting and searching for household items for their abode.

Activities

Biking - Explore Jasper

Biking Trail Ethics

Great Trails in Jasper National Park...
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.

Little Shovel Pass - Explore Jasper

Ski Tour Little Shovel Pass

Part of the Skyline Trail, this pass can be reached on a day tour either hiking or skiing. Along the way there is a hut operated by a local club.

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Biking Ramping Up

Biking, Cycling in Jasper National...
Crystal blue green lakes

Geraldine Lakes

The water falls are what most people...
Bike jump - Explore Jasper

Monday Source Group ride

Monday is Source for Sports Group...

Colin Hut

Located at the base of MT Colin is one...
Ski touring with friends

Ski Tour Shangri-la

Back country hut Shangri-la A back...

Keith Lake

Exploring off...

Big Bend

Big Bend is such an easy site to get...
Pyramid Mountain - Jasper Alberta

Pyramid Mountain Climb

The hike is fairly steep and hands on,...
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.

JPCA - Explore Jasper

Biking – Overlander

Overlander is a classic biking trail, best when the road is a bit damp so the dust does not fly. but too much water and the trail is not good to ride.

Standing on snow bridge

Hiking Snaring River Spring Time

Snaring River Exploring areas like...
Some visitors from Nova Scotia

Biking Edith Cavell

Still early season to visit Edith...

Buffalo Prairie – Walking

Seems to be a favorite for dog owners...
brazeau-headwaters

Brazeau Headwater

Brazeau Headwaters “Your instincts are...
Mystery Lake Trail - ExploreJasper

Mystery Lake

The trailhead...
Wilcox Lake

Wilcox Lake

Exploring the Wilcox area Wonderful...
Verdant pass Jasper

Verdant Pass

Verdant Pass We drove south on hwy 93...

Biking Trail Descriptions

Biking Trail Descriptions Majorie Lake...
Hiking Signal - Explore Jasper

Biking Signal Mountain

My first mountain This was the first...

Fryatt Hut

Backcountry huts are the only way to...
Athabasca Falls - Explore Jasper

Athabasca Falls

The headwater comes from the Columbia...
Tonquin Valley Adventures cabin

Ski Tour Tonquin Valley

Taking advantage of great weather and the lifting closure ban of trails from Portal Creek and Astoria River.

Our resident dog whisperer

Red Squirrel Trail

This trail has been around for a...
Amazing view for the Whirlpool Valley

Geraldine Lakes Fire Lookout

Abandon site of a fire lookout What do...
Hiking Fryatt - Explore Jasper

Hiking Fryatt

This hike completed in 2004, still a classic. You have a backcountry hut to chill out in.

Mount Kitchener - Explore Jasper

Winter Camping

Camping in the winter Camping does not...
Morning fog at Miette Camp

Miette Packtrail Adventure

"Why not hike a trail for a change"...

Shops & Services LINKS

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BUNGALOWS / CABINS

 

BACKCOUNTRY CABINS

 

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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