Lake Maligne, Jasper National Park, Alberta (Susteph/Flickr)

Rowing on Lake Maligne, Jasper National Park, Alberta (Ingmar Wesemann/Photodisc/Gettty)

Spirit Island, Jasper National Park, Alberta, Canada (iStockphoto)

Athabasca River, Jasper National Park, Alberta, Canada (iStockphoto/Thinkstock)

Angel Glacier, Jasper National Park, Alberta, Canada (iStockphoto)

Elk in Jasper National Park, Alberta, Canada (iStockphoto)

Jasper National Park, Alberta, Canada (iStockphoto)


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What to do in Jasper National Park

Stretching 143 miles from Lake Louise to Jasper National Park, the Icefields Parkway (Highway 93 North) winds along under towering peaks and their craggy summits that are topped by more than 600 glaciers. Nothing quite prepares you for the massive Columbia Icefield, a sheet of ice and snow that spreads close to 125 square miles. Jasper’s greatest appeal is its remoteness, 224 miles from Edmonton and 257 miles from Calgary, so there’s no major airport in close proximity. In summer, this leaves miles of uncongested trails and rivers. The trail to Maligne Canyon leads travelers to views of one of the most impressive gorges in North America. Waterfalls and mountain lakes are never far from your campsite, your cottage, or the famous Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge—and elk, mountain sheep, and bears are likely to be your only hiking companions.

Traveler Reviews of Jasper National Park

Andre rates Jasper National Park
Even if you just drive through the park it will be unforgettable. It was without a doubt the most amazing place I have been.
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Alistair rates Jasper National Park
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.
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