Jasper National Park

Downtown Jasper

When we visited Jasper ten years ago, we stayed in a cabin outside the town. This time, we were very central and the big bonus of that is we got to appreciate some excellent restaurants right on our doorstep. I can heartily recommend Jasper Pizza Place, Olive Bistro, Raven Bistro and Syrah’s of Jasper – and there were several other places I’d like to have tried if we’d been there longer. So what did we do other than eat?

Jasper Town

Stroll along the main street, Connaught Drive (above), and I defy you not to be transfixed by the mountain views – butย  trains and totem poles are available too.

Mina and Riley Lakes Loop

We followed this 9km trail right from downtown on our first morning, no need to even move the car. It was a beautiful, still day as you can see from the reflections – as we feasted on our picnics, the bugs feasted on us…

Jasper Tramway

On our second day we took the tramway more than 1000 vertical metres (3280 feet) up Whistlers Mountain from where we hiked the (very steep) mile to the summit. The views are awesome, and Parks Canada has helpfully placed some beautiful red chairs just where you can admire Mount Edith Cavell. (These chairs are all over the country – the idea is to share them on social media).

Whistlers is named for the hoary marmots which live on the summit. We saw several of them as well as white-tailed ptarmigans and golden-mantled ground squirrels. One of the latter appears to be trying to eat a tissue!

After a reasonable lunch in the tramway’s top station, we headed back down the mountain for another hike on flatter terrain.

Valley of the Five Lakes

There were, indeed, five lakes on this trail! Third Lake had another set of red chairs, just right for enjoying the view. I think I have these lakes labelled right….

Maligne Canyon and Lake

Our final day in Jasper was my birthday, which we celebrated in the worst weather of the whole trip. Our first stop was Maligne Canyon, a steep narrow gorge crossed by several bridges.

On to Maligne Lake, where we did a couple of short trails in a sleet-storm! This made the paths muddy and treacherous – you might spot that from the state of John’s left trouser leg. Yes, it was his turn to slip.

Maybe it was the cooler, wetter conditions that made this a good day for wildlife spotting. Deer in abundance, and twice – bears! Only one bear picture good enough to share though.

From Jasper, we headed back south to Lake Louise, our last stop in the Rockies.

73 thoughts on “Jasper National Park

  1. Denzil October 2, 2017 / 17:16

    Glad you were able to see – and photograph – a bear. Love those ptarmigan too.

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    • Anabel Marsh October 2, 2017 / 17:33

      The bear was awesome! We saw several during our trip, really lucky.

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  2. jazzfeathers October 1, 2017 / 15:00

    Well, Anabel, a wet birthday is a lucky birthday, let’s just say that ๐Ÿ˜‰
    I envy you. This was a beautiful place, in spite of th emany letdowns. I hope I’ll have a chance to visit, one day.

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  3. the eternal traveller September 29, 2017 / 23:49

    Oh, that mountain scenery is stunning and I do love a cable car ride. How lovely that you got to see so much wildlife on your birthday.

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    • Anabel Marsh September 30, 2017 / 00:38

      I like be the cable cars too, we went on another one in Lake Louise. Yes. The wildlife certainly indulged me on my special day!

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  4. da-AL September 29, 2017 / 19:19

    much enjoyed this – love armchair travel! – thank you ๐Ÿ™‚

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  5. Sarah Ferguson and Choppy September 29, 2017 / 17:23

    Jasper is such a great place – I would love to spend some more time there. I think Paul would really love it.

    And the red chairs are awesome. It’s been, what, three months since I was there? I should make a return trip!

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  6. prior.. September 29, 2017 / 03:16

    anabel – such a cool place – and the totem pole shots were my fav of the post ๐Ÿ™‚ esp the upview – could feel the height impact ๐Ÿ™‚

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  7. Joanne Sisco September 27, 2017 / 17:39

    I love the totem pole, and your wonderful wildlife photos (so many deer!!!), but the mountains will be what always captures my heart!

    I’ve never been to Jasper, except passing through, sleeping on an overnight train, in the middle of the night. Someday I need to correct that omission!

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  8. Sartenada September 27, 2017 / 09:51

    Wonderful post. I enjoyed visiting there thru You photos. Did You find there Reindeer Lichen which we have in Finland?

    Have a good day!

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  9. Jessica (Diverting Journeys) September 27, 2017 / 03:49

    I really like the totem pole, though I hope it was there for a nice reason and not just a case of “we took your land, now here’s a totem pole to make up for it.” I’m currently visiting my family in Ohio, and my boyfriend pointed out that he thought it was weird how many statues of Native Americans we have here, which sadly, are pretty much there for the reason stated above.

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    • Anabel Marsh September 27, 2017 / 07:49

      Well, according to the blurb it was put up in collaboration with aboriginal peoples, but I fear there may also be something of the reason you suggest too.

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  10. Ann Coleman September 26, 2017 / 14:33

    I’d love to visit Jasper some day! Although I couldn’t do the tram ride, as my husband is terrified of heights. Still, it looks like a wonderful vacation spot.

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    • Anabel Marsh September 26, 2017 / 15:03

      There are a lot of options without the tram ride! He would not like my next couple of posts either then – more heights coming up.

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