Exploring Jasper | Things to do in Jasper National Park
After spending my first two days in Canada exploring Edmonton, we woke early on 01.11.15 to drive 4 hours West on the Yellowhead, arriving little before noon at…
Jasper National Park…
Home to the Canadian Rockies.
Jasper National Park was established in 1907, and is the largest of it’s kind in the Canadian Rockies totalling 10,878 square kilometres. Jasper National Park joins with another adventure capital – Banff National Park, connected by the Columbia Icefield Region. (I’ll be exploring these in the next post!)
Jasper is a popular choice for Winter sports lovers, hosting the famous Marmot Basin Ski Resort – claim to Canada’s highest base elevation.
But JNP has so much more to offer beyond it’s winter wonderland (which I totally insist on coming back to visit), & we were here to experience some of it’s finest offerings.
Before even checking into our hotel, we headed straight to our first adventure – Sulphur Skyline Hike. This is one of Jaspers most popular day hikes, an 8km forest and mountain side trek, with an elevation gain of 2300ft (700m).
It a pretty consistent uphill trek but there are plenty of opportunities to stop off should you get tired.
For some reason I was filled with energy when we arrived and I stormed to the top in an hour.
When you reach the top, the view is pretty surreal and shows the rockies through a 360 panoramic.
The kind of moment I live for.
After an hour of admiration, reflection & regaining breath at the summit, we descended back down to where we started & took to the Miette Hot Springs to relax our aching muscles.
Having worked up a serious appetite we headed to another epic destination for a exquisite fire side dinner, just a 40 min drive away – The Stone Peak Restaurant at the Overlander Mountain Lodge.
It’s worth a visit just for the food and table view of the Rockies, but should you be seeking accommodation – they have the CUTEST of mountain lodges available to hire.
We rested our tired eyes and legs at The Crimson Hotel in the centre of Jasper Town.
Jasper Town is like a little dream town & reminded me straight away of Franz Joseph in New Zealand – REAL cute.
Jasper felt like I’d entered my initial expectation of Canada.
Wooden lodges and timber beamed restaurants filled the few streets that make up Jasper. Canadian flags rumbled in the bitter winterly winds the mountains were sending us and Jasper the Bear was ready and waiting for me to take a photo with him.
It felt cosy in Jasper & our hotel – The Crimson, made it even more so.
The next day of adventure in Jasper had us ascending another mountain (with the wonderful assistance of Jasper SkyTram) to gain another spine tingling showcase of the Rockies. In the afternoon we went on to horse ride, eat at Famoso Pizzeria and took a walk around Jasper.
Our last day in Jasper had us venture off further into the Rockies into the Columbian Icefield region for some Glacier adventures… but you’ll have to stay tuned until the next post for that!
MASSIVE T h a n k y o u to Jasper Tourism for the intense thrills, unforgettable images and opportunities for reflection during my stay.
I feel so lucky to have these experiences and will continue to be grateful for the amazing things I get to witness.
Other hotspots in Jasper:
– Maligne Lake Boat Tour
– Spirit Island
– Maligne Canyon Ice Walk
– Lac Beauvert
– Bear & wildlife spotting
– Dark sky observatory (Jasper is Dark Sky reserve)
– Canada’s #1 public golf course
– Whitewater rafting, mountain biking, rock climbing, camping, & fishing