Make time to visit remote Jasper and you'll not only get to drive the awe-inspiring Icefields Parkway, you'll discover a town with more of a frontier vibe than dressed-up, touristy Banff and Lake Louise to the south. There's not a whole lot to do in town, though that's precisely the point, as many people you meet here will be gearing up for an expedition into the amazing wilds of Jasper National Park. The seven-day Skyline Trail is a once-in-a-lifetime route that'll take you through grizzly country, high along ridges and past sparkling Maligne Lake. Of course, there are plenty of other great day and overnight hikes. The Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge is everything you'd imagine in a Canadian Rockies retreat -- and then some! Go in winter and highlights include skiing at friendly Marmot Basin plus ice hikes through moonlit Maligne Canyon.