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Things to Do in Jasper National Park- 17 Experiences for Your Jasper Bucket List

Jasper National Park has long been a favourite place of mine. Ever since I was a little kid, I’ve been fascinated by Jasper’s rocky mountains, pristine lakes, icy glaciers, roaring waterfalls, and abundant wildlife. It wasn’t hard for Jasper to capture my heart, but even after countless trips, I’m still head over heels in love…

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Maligne Lake Cruise to Spirit Island- One of Jasper National Park’s Most Iconic Experiences

I’ve been visiting Jasper National Park ever since I was a kid, but had never got around to enjoying one of the park’s most iconic experiences- the Maligne Lake cruise to Spirit Island. I can honestly say, I saved the best for last! The scenery I saw during the Maligne Lake cruise epitomized everything I…

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Canadian Rockies Road Trip Itinerary- 8 Days in Alberta’s Rocky Mountains

A trip to Alberta wouldn’t be complete without doing a road trip in the Canadian Rockies. The drive from Calgary to Jasper is one of the finest road trips in Canada, a route that passes by Alberta’s most inspiring scenery as it makes its way through the mountains and into the heart of Banff and…

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  • the cape on the corner - gorgeous! this is definitely on my list. thanks for the detailed route!
    bMay 29, 2018 – 1:19 pmReplyCancel

  • Janice & George, Sand In My Suitcase - We used to live in Calgary — and we’ve done this road trip; spectacular! Maligne Canyon is gorgeous to hike. Thanks for the trip down memory lane.May 31, 2018 – 2:11 pmReplyCancel

  • Kristie - Can you comment on doing this trip the end of October/beginning of November?  I wasn’t sure if the weather would still be good for driving.  I live in the very humid South in the US, so not accustomed to snow or cooler weather, lol!October 3, 2018 – 4:28 amReplyCancel

    • Rhonda Krause - That really depends on the year. Sometimes we have snow that sticks around by October, but sometimes not. In general, weather in the mountains can be unpredictable, especially on the Icefields Parkway. I would make sure I come prepared with blankets, food etc. just in case. I think if road conditions get really bad they close the highway but I’ve never seen that in October/early November.November 18, 2018 – 5:54 pmReplyCancel

  • Shelley - Very helpful! We’re planning our trip through the Rockies in September.  Will definitely make reference to this ….nothing like getting a locals insight. Thanks for the tips! 🙏🙏June 2, 2019 – 6:13 amReplyCancel

  • Diane - Great information!  Thank youJuly 1, 2019 – 11:07 amReplyCancel

  • Kelley - Hello! You’re article has inspired me to take this trip and try out your itinerary. I am curious if you have any thoughts on doing it by Campervan. We did the Ring Rd in Iceland by camper last year and really enjoyed it but I don’t see it as widely recommended for Banff and Jasper. Thoughts?August 8, 2019 – 7:21 pmReplyCancel

    • Rhonda Krause - You can definitely do Banff and Jasper with a camper van. My family did this all the time when I was a kid. Nowadays though you’d have to have your trip planned well in advance (if visiting in July or August) because campsites book up months ahead of time.August 11, 2019 – 2:56 pmReplyCancel

  • Aman - Hey guys. First of all, thank you for creating this blog. It has helped me tremendously in planning and organizing our first trip to Canada. I had saved this blog in my bookmarks last year and just last month, I and my wife did a ditto road trip to the Canadian Rockies. The only difference was, we did a 7-day trip but we loved it. We did Calgary – Canmore – Banff – Lake Louise – Icefield Parkways – Jasper and flew back to San Francisco from Calgary. Thank you again for the great work on this blog and for inspiring me to visit Canada. August 29, 2019 – 10:56 amReplyCancel

    • Rhonda Krause - Hi Aman! This is just the type of note I love to receive. Glad I could inspire your trip to Canada and help you plan your adventure. Sounds like you had a wonderful trip!September 18, 2019 – 1:12 pmReplyCancel

  • Jo - Thanks for the great article! Doing a round-trip visit to Calgary shortly, and this really helped quickly structure a timetable for day hikes and lodging. Cheers!September 7, 2019 – 4:20 pmReplyCancel

  • io - Hi! Awesome plan! Thinking about doing it next year. Do you think this route can be done in middle May? Thanks!! 😊December 4, 2019 – 2:29 amReplyCancel

    • Rhonda Krause - Yes, you can do this trip in the middle of May. Be aware though that the Moraine Lake road may still be closed for the season. It usually opens around mid-late May, but depends on the amount of snow. There might also still be some snow on the trails at higher elevations (if you plan on doing some hikes) and the glacier lakes could also still be frozen. But the best part of visiting during shoulder season is that the parks won’t be so crowded with tourists!December 5, 2019 – 12:10 pmReplyCancel

4 Romantic Winter Getaways in Alberta

Albertans love to complain about our long winters, but rather than dreading Canada’s coldest season, we think it’s the perfect time to have a romantic weekend away. Covered in a blanket of white, Alberta’s landscapes couldn’t be more romantic. There’s a peacefulness to the surroundings. It feels as though each place, each moment exists just…

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  • Angela - Ok I’m admittedly not one to like snow, but your post is warming me up to the idea, ironically. That scenery is absolutely gorgeous… I mean, I guess if you’re dressed warmly, the white fluff can be kind of nice :DNovember 21, 2017 – 5:14 amReplyCancel

    • Rhonda Krause - Absolutely- it’s all about dressing for the weather! Winter is a beautiful season and I’d take snow over rain any day!November 21, 2017 – 4:29 pmReplyCancel

Photo of the Week: Cave and Basin, Banff National Park

Banff may be world famous for its breathtaking mountains and glistening blue lakes, but it was a small cave and its thermal waters that spurred the creation of Canada’s first national park, Banff, in 1885. Cave and Basin is the lowest of nine natural hot springs on Sulphur Mountain, its water bubbling up from 3…

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6 Ways to Enjoy a Winter Trip to Jasper

Jasper National Park is a great place to visit year round, but it can be especially fun in the winter. Active travellers and outdoor adventurers will find plenty of activities to enjoy during a winter trip to Jasper. Things to Do in Jasper in Winter- Our Favourite Winter Activities in Jasper National Park We’ve made…

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Photo of the Week: Lake Louise Station

After a weekend of hiking to Larch Valley and horseback riding to the Plain of Six Glaciers Tea House, we ended our visit to Lake Louise with a delicious meal at The Station Restaurant. As a train lover, I was immediately impressed. Located in Lake Louise Station, the oldest building in Lake Louise, the restaurant…

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Horseback Ride to the Plain of Six Glaciers Tea House- Lake Louise

It was our quest for new adventures in Lake Louise that led us try horseback riding for the first time, going all the way up to the historic Plain of Six Glaciers Tea House nestled high in the Canadian Rocky Mountains. Neither one of us had been on a horse before. I had always been…

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Larch Valley Hike- Banff National Park’s Most Beautiful Autumn Hike

The Larch Valley hike near Lake Louise has been something Mike and I have been talking about doing for years, so this fall we finally decided to make it happen. Wow, had we been missing out all this time! The Lake Louise area is a special place any time of year, but it shines just…

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  • Dave and Robin - A very enjoyable post – and great photos! I think we may have to add this to our bucket list. Looking forward to reading more of your adventures.May 22, 2017 – 10:26 amReplyCancel

Hiking Jasper’s Valley of the Five Lakes

It was a beautiful day in May. Warm, sunny, a clear blue sky above and fresh mountain air to awaken the senses. It was the perfect weather for a casual hike in Jasper! I decided I wanted to see somewhere in Jasper I haven’t been before, so Mike suggested we do the Valley of the…

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  • Adrienn Takacs - Wow! It looks like such an amazing place! Gotta love those red chairs, haha! But seriously, the lakes and the mountain scenery in the background is to die for! Thanks for sharing :)April 12, 2016 – 11:52 pmReplyCancel

    • Rhonda Krause - Yes, it’s a nice easy hike that takes you to some gorgeous locations!April 13, 2016 – 7:40 amReplyCancel

  • John Guan - wow, a great way to ruin a beautiful landscape with a pair of tacky beach chairs. I hope whoever put those got the instagram picture they wanted. ugh.April 20, 2016 – 10:56 pmReplyCancel

Photo of the Week: Calgary’s Wonderland Sculpture

I am not always a fan of public art but there was one specific piece I was itching to see since it was installed in 2013. Wonderland is a bent-wire portrait of a young girl’s head created by Jaume Plensa, a highly regarded Spanish sculptor. The 12 metre tall sculpture features prominently in front of…

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  • Sara - Wow, what a cool sculpture! When I saw it, it immediately reminded me of one I saw in Antibes, France called “The Wanderer” – so I looked it up, and it is by the same artist!June 17, 2015 – 8:26 amReplyCancel

Wildlife in Jasper National Park

Whenever I’m in the mood to see cute wildlife, Mike and I make a trip to Jasper National Park. Well, not every time because then we’d never be home! Jasper is, by far, the best place in the Canadian Rocky Mountains to see wildlife. In one weekend alone we saw nine bears, three moose, and…

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  • David - Nice wildlife photos! Good tips on seeing the wildlife.May 29, 2015 – 12:11 pmReplyCancel

  • Laura - So nice you can just head on over to Jasper whenever you feel like seeing wildlife! After seeing next to nothing in Banff and Lake Louise, I was so excited to finally see tons of wildlife in Jasper. And it’s so beautiful there. But my favorite place around that area was the Beaver Boardwalk in Hinton. So amazing to see them in their natural habitat and unfazed by humans!May 29, 2015 – 1:28 pmReplyCancel

  • Alouise - Great photos and great tips. I love going to Jasper for the wildlife, because you’re pretty much guaranteed to see something (even if it’s just the bighorn sheep wandering by the highway).June 1, 2015 – 6:53 pmReplyCancel

  • dmitry - Thank you for pointing out the animals and also where to encounter them.September 13, 2016 – 4:11 pmReplyCancel

  • Pat Stilwell - Thanks for your pointers. We are going to Jasper in Sept. Wildlife is what we are looking for. We were in Banff a couple years ago and didn’t see any wildlife except Elk at the golf course. I am glad you shared this because I was told when we were in Banff the place to go is Jasper to see wildlife. Where is the best place to stay for Seniors on a budget. Clean and safe. I am a photographer (hobby). I have a 600 MM and can get some good photos even if they are a good distance away. We live in the foothills of the Smoky Mountains and love our animals and like to go to other places to see wildlife we don’t have. ThanksMay 15, 2019 – 8:36 pmReplyCancel

Grassi Lakes Hike and Scenic Walks in Canmore

When we were in Canmore for the Uncorked Food and Drink Festival, we needed to find a way to work off all the delicious calories we were consuming. Lucky for us, in Canmore there are plenty of opportunities for hiking, biking, or simply taking a leisurely, scenic stroll. We opted for easy hikes and walks…

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  • Frank - The Canadian West is so beautiful! I haven’t been in about 15 years but we might get out there later in the year.
    Great photos,
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Canmore Helicopter Tour- Sightseeing in Alberta’s Rocky Mountains

I bow my head down as I walk into a brisk wind, the two strong blades of a helicopter loudly turning above my head. “I can’t believe this is really happening,” I think as I climb up into the bright-red Bell Long Ranger. I quickly fasten my seatbelt and then fumble with the headset, big…

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  • Sand In My Suitcase - Well, looks like your first helicopter ride will be hard to beat! Amazing photos of those snow-covered mountains… We last took a helicopter ride in Kauai, Hawaii (no doors – better photos) – much more exhilarating than a small plane ride…May 4, 2015 – 8:18 pmReplyCancel

  • Kanika Kalia - Amazing pics.. will surely try to do a helicopter ride when I go to Alberta…May 6, 2015 – 5:37 amReplyCancel

  • Lauren - Wow! The pictures are beautiful. Thanks so much for sharing your tour!May 11, 2015 – 12:07 pmReplyCancel

  • Donna Corrigan - I hope to get to Canmore in the next year as my son just started to work at alpine helicopters. I ve never been west and love all the pics. I have never been in a helicopter either and am looking forward to the tour in the mountains. It truly is a spectacular place. I have enjoyed all the photos. Thanks. Have a nice day.May 15, 2015 – 6:05 pmReplyCancel

Photo of the Week: Autumn in Edmonton’s River Valley

I may not always be the biggest fan of my home city, but there is one thing I can’t deny- Edmonton has a beautiful river valley, especially in the fall. Edmonton’s river valley is the largest stretch of urban parkland in North America- 7, 400 hectares! This gives us Edmontonians plenty of space to get…

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  • Alouise - Lovely photo. I think autumn is my favourite season in Edmonton just because the colors are so pretty.February 16, 2015 – 4:45 pmReplyCancel

Winter in Jasper National Park- A Frosty Photo Series

Long, cold, and dreary. Those are all words that we Albertans tend to use when describing our winters. I can agree with the long and, most of the time, cold, but dreary not so much. A winter trip to Jasper will have you rethinking the way you describe Alberta’s longest season. Jasper’s gorgeous scenery, draped…

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  • Macca Sherifi - Yes please!

    Amazing photos. I usually only hike in the summer (I like the sunshine), but with photo essays like this I am starting to come round to the idea that winter is where it’s at.January 26, 2015 – 11:05 amReplyCancel

    • Rhonda Krause - I love summer too but it’s great to be able to experience all this beauty without the summertime crowds!February 1, 2015 – 1:27 pmReplyCancel

Photo of the Week: Mule Deer in Jasper National Park

As a huge animal lover, I am always on the lookout for wildlife when I travel. While I don’t always have the best of luck in some destinations, I never fail to see wildlife in Jasper National Park. This is probably one of the cutest animal moments I have witnessed- a mother Mule deer grooming…

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  • Uptourist - Reminds me of Bambi only that he doesn’t have the same spots. Such a wonderful feeling to be in contact with wildlife.March 25, 2015 – 11:36 pmReplyCancel

The Maligne Canyon Ice Walk- Alberta’s Coolest Hike

Peering over the edge of a snow covered bridge, I have to catch my breath when I think about how far down the canyon below is. Fifty-one meters- the same height as Niagara Falls. There’s no water rushing through curves of Maligne Canyon today. Its floor is frozen, the limestone walls partially concealed by a…

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  • Macca Sherifi - Wow. Just wow. These photos are great. I was hiking in the Rockies last summer – probably the best place I’ve ever been hiking – and I didn’t even know it got like this in the winter. Looks like I’ll have to come back again in the future!January 19, 2015 – 3:08 amReplyCancel

  • Karen Gough - Just gorgeous. Was there any danger of falling icicles?January 19, 2015 – 8:55 pmReplyCancel

8 Reasons to Visit Jasper in January (and All Winter Long!)

When people see pictures of Jasper, or hear about the fantastic opportunities for outdoor adventure, they don’t need much convincing to pay a visit. Jasper’s natural beauty sells itself! Once our Canadian winter settles in though, it’s quite tempting to stay home and hibernate on the couch! In case you needed a little convincing, we’re…

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  • Alouise - You know I’ve been to Jasper a few times, but never in the winter. Definitely seems worth it to brave a little cold for the experience of getting the park mostly to yourself (plus those photos are fantastic).January 18, 2015 – 11:15 amReplyCancel

  • Vanessa - Love your photos! Jasper as its best. And your post is just in time for the festival. A very helpful post.January 18, 2015 – 11:46 pmReplyCancel

  • Uptourist - I am all for having the park all to myself. I love the serene feeling of not having too many people around. It allows me to relax some more.March 25, 2015 – 11:37 pmReplyCancel

  • Jessica Warren - Hey, ive been looking for a website/blog that can help me out, yours is so helpful but I have visted Jasper quite a few times already including in the winter, but I am looking for some tips on some stuff to do that wont cost much $$ and is still fun for a beginner hiker/outdoor enthusiast during winter. Maybe something the locals might know about. Its hard to find things to do during the day that wont cost you an arm and a leg! Have any ideas?February 5, 2017 – 2:58 pmReplyCancel

    • Rhonda Krause - Hiking is always a good way to spend the day and doesn’t cost anything. Have you done the Valley of the Five Lakes hike? It’s great for beginners.March 5, 2017 – 2:23 pmReplyCancel

  • Heather - What are the driving conditions like in the winter? I’m from the snowbelts of Michigan, so we’re used to snow, but it’s dry, and our vehicles are prepared. Will rental cars perform well enough? We’d love to visit for some winter hiking/snow shoeing.January 22, 2018 – 2:09 pmReplyCancel

    • Rhonda Krause - The driving conditions really depend on what weather is passing through. We were just in Jasper at the start of January and there was hardly any snow. We also were there once during a blizzard so had to drive slow in case of icy patches. They snow does get cleared from the roads, so you don’t have to worry about getting stuck. I’d ask your rental company about what kind of tires are on the car. We drive to Jasper with all-seasons and have never had an issue. If you’re experienced with winter driving I wouldn’t worry too much. Just stay alert and slow down if necessary.January 28, 2018 – 10:22 amReplyCancel

Snowshoeing in Jasper- Our First Experience and Why You Should Try it Too!

When I signed us up to go on a snowshoeing excursion in Jasper National Park, both Mike and I didn’t know what to expect. In all honesty, we were kind of skeptical whether we would like snowshoeing at all. “It seems kind of silly to strap on big shoes just to walk around in the…

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  • Laura - This looks like so much fun! I was in Jasper this past September and loved it, but now I really want to see it in the winter. It looks beautiful!!January 13, 2015 – 6:57 amReplyCancel

  • Manon Roy - I’ve been on a day trip with Canadian Skyline Adventures. It was educational for my kids, fun and safe. It was a great adventure for our family and hope to go in the winter to experience their snowshoeing tour.January 16, 2015 – 2:59 amReplyCancel

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