Jasper is a picturesque town and a popular vacation destination in the Athabasca Valley. Jasper offers tourists a wide range of attractions, activities and of course the amazing views. You will have to travel outside of the town to truly experience Jasper National Park and all that it has to offer. Here are the highlights of my trip!
This place is amazing! I love that it’s so well maintained yet still completely free. At the beginning of the trail there is a restaurant and shopping. Pack your own drinks and snacks or you will be paying $5 just for a bottle of water. You will start off at the falls and the trail will lead you to the canyon. The walk is gorgeous and there are so many places to stop along the way that all have different views. We spent 2.5-3 hours walking the trail. Maligne Canyon was my favourite stop in Jasper National Park.
Miette Hot Springs
59 km’s from the town of Jasper are the Miette Hot Springs. We loved it here so much we went twice. It’s a gorgeous drive and great views surrounding the pools. There is a mix of hot pools and cold pools in a range of temperatures. The facility is very nice and clean and the life guards were great at stopping anyone jumping or splashing right away. It was busy both times we went but because there are 4 pools (2 are quite big) there was never a problem finding somewhere to sit. The adult fee is $6.05 making this cheaper than what you would pay for a latte in Jasper!
This pricey experience will take you on a 7 minute tram ride to the upper station and Summit restaurant. From here you have as much time as you want to explore. There are a few trails that take you to different view points. We took the Summit Trail to Whistlers Mountain Summit. It was a nice way to spend a few hours. This may have made it to my number one highlight if it wasn’t for the limited visibility due to the forest fires. I would love to go back on a clear day but not sure I would pay the price of $45 per adult again.
I’m so happy we made the time to stop here before heading to Banff. This is a gorgeous place to walk the paved paths along the Athabasca River and check out the waterfall. Take the dirt path the opposite way to avoid the crowds for a peaceful walk. The spray from the waterfall will cool you off on a hot day!