A Week in Jasper National Park

SUMMER ROAD TRIP, DAYS 32 – 38

Week five down of the road trip and six more to go! We have visited 7 national parks, driven over 6,000 miles, hiked over 200 miles, and have only wanted to kill each other a handful of times. So far, so good.

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Jasper Skytram Summit Hike

It’s been a week chock full of invigorating experiences in Canada’s largest national park, Jasper. It has been sensory overload with crystal clear mountain lakes, fierce glaciers, picturesque waterfalls, and expansive views as far as the eye can see. Here’s the best of the best of Jasper National Park.

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And so our epic 80 day summer road trip continues – 12 U.S. states, 1 Canadian province and 11 national parks. For the upcoming months, I will be sharing with you our highlights, lowlights, adventures, favorite spots, best tips and our thoughts on three months of road tripping and living in a pop up.  I’ll try to answer any and all of your questions too!  You can also follow our journey via Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.

Miles Driven: 652

Total Road Trip Miles Driven: 6,130

Average Gas Price per Gallon: $3.30

Canadian Province: Alberta

If you would like to see our full itinerary, start at the beginning here. And Start at Day One here.

Jasper National Park Things To Do:

Icefields Parkway Scenic Drive

As we mentioned from our week in Banff, Icefields Parkway has now become one of our top ten best scenic routes we’ve ever driven. It stretches 146 miles along Highway 93 from Banff National Park to Jasper National Park in the province of Alberta and it will blow you away! Our favorite experiences on the Jasper side include the weeping walls, rainbow sightings at Sunwapta Falls, walking to the toe of the Athabasca glacier, and the raging waters of Athabasca Falls.

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Athabasca Falls

Jasper National Park Things To Do

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Athabasca Falls


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Weeping Walls
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Sunwapta Falls

Old Fort Point Loop

The 2.3-mile short hike is a steep climb to 360 degree views from the protruding bedrock above the town of Jasper and the Athabasca River.

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Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge

This might just be our favorite Fairmont yet. I think every hotel in the last two parks have been named Fairmont! Situated on the shores of the idyllic Lac Beauvert, the lodge is a great place to spend half a day. We walked around the entire lake and took way too many pictures.

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Jasper National Park Things To Do

Jasper National Park Things To Do

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Jasper Skytram

We debated whether or not to spend the $39.95 per person to ride the Jasper Skytram. We were still experiencing rain and cloudy days so when the sun peaked out, we figured now was the time to go if we were going to do it. We made the right decision. Other than the fact we were crammed in like sardines, it was one of our favorite experiences of our week in Jasper. The 7-minute tram ride is smooth and drops you off in the alpine zone of Whistler Mountain in the middle of six mountain ranges. We hiked the 620-foot trail to the summit where the 360 degree views rendered us speechless.

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Downtown Jasper

Jasper is a small town situated at the base of Mount Edith Cavell. Shops, restaurants and bars warmly welcomes all visitors. We had two delicious meals in town at Evil Dave’s and Famoso Neapolitan Pizzeria.

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Valley of the Five Lakes

We were looking for an easy hike after a few strenuous ones and I am so glad we did. Valley of the Five Lakes is a quick 2.8-mile loop with gorgeous blue-green lakes, the next prettier than last.

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Sulpher Skyline

The Sulpher Skyline trail is challenging to say the least. We climbed about 2,100 feet in elevation, but the reward is jaw-dropping views of the Fiddle River Valley, Utopia Mountain and Ashlar Ridge. The trail starts and ends at the Miette Hot Springs parking lot which is a perfect place to relax after a strenuous hike.

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That’s the parking lot where we hiked up from

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Miette Hot Springs

What better way to end a cold rainy hike than jumping in a hot spring? Miette Hot Springs is situated in the northeast corner of the park and has four pools. The two heated pools are fed by natural sulpher hot springs and can reach temperatures of 108 degrees. The two cold plunge pools are to cool down your body temperatures every now and then.

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Path of the Glacier

The Path of the Glacier is a short trail that takes you to the north face of Mt. Edith Cavell with views of Angel Glacier. Mt. Edith Cavell receives heavy amounts of snowfall, sometimes even in the summer. The snow accumulates, then avalanches over into the bowl before developing to glacial ice. The drive up to the trail is scenic and interesting, so don’t forget to stop at the overlooks.

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Maligne Lake Boat Tour

It was a nice change of pace to get on the water and glide through towering mountains on the 90-minute boat tour of Maligne Lake. The lake water grew brighter and brighter as we drove deeper in the Maligne Narrows. We stopped briefly at Spirit Lake for breathtaking views.

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Next: Cascades Loop in Washington

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11 Responses

  1. Chris Travels

    Your pictures are so absolutely gorgeous! They almost make me want to shed tears of joy at how awesome these Canadian national parks are as you share the beauty you are experiencing. You certainly know how to “switch things up” to make use o the best weather possible for each activity you plan.

    • Thanks Chris! It was a little tricky with the weather the last two weeks, but we were able to fit in a lot. We just waited for the sun to pop out and ran to our destination for the day!

  2. These views are terrific. I think I would really enjoy staying in and getting to know downtown Jasper.

    • Thanks Natasha! Yes, if Jasper National Park is not already on your wish list, it should be! The town of Jasper was fun as well, but the main gem is the park.

  3. Wow!!! I’ve wanted to go to Jasper since I was a child and this makes me want to go even more… what an awesome adventure you guys are on!

  4. What a fantastic trip! I am going to go check out the rest of your posts, because I am a sucker for national parks 🙂 I’ve only been to Banff in Canada, but from the looks of it, I need to check out Jasper too. Your photos are spectacular. Well done!

    • Thanks so much Brianne! Yep, hitting 13 national parks all in one summer! Originally, it was only going to be 11 but a few were added when we were on the road. Hopefully you get to a few more soon!

  5. Wow! That scenery makes me want to jump in my car right now. Looks like you had a great trip.

  6. Stunning photos. The skytram looks a little scary (the gondola looks like it’s tilting down in that photo), but the views from the summit (like all the other views in this post) are breathtaking.

    • Thanks Harvey! Yea, if anyone is scared of heights, it’s probably not the greatest choice. It is so worth it though if you can get up there!

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