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Jasper | Alberta

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Maligne Lake

This 22km long lake is the second largest natural lake in the Canadian Rockies.

The blue waters can be too cold for swimming, so it’s not recommended. But there are plenty of different activates to do at the lake such as biking, fishing, kayaking, canoeing and boat tours to Spirit Island. There are many trails along the lake to hike including the Bald and Opal Hills.

The 44km Skyline Trail also begins at Maligne Lake and finishes right near the town of Jasper.

Photo: Sergey Pesterev / Wikimedia Commons

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Maligne Canyon

Maligne Canyon is the deepest canyon in Jasper National Park, with a depth of more than 50 metres at certain points.

Maligne River, which originates at Maligne lake, flows underground from Medicine Lake, till it reaches Maligne Canyon. At the canyon formed due to the geological formation of soluble limestone bedrock (karst topography), the underground streams join the force, to become the mighty flowing water that still whittles the canyon.

 

Maligne Canyon Ice Walk

Exploring the Canyon in the wintertime is perhaps even more spectacular than in summer. Join a guided Icewalk and walk directly along the canyon’s frozen floor.

Photo: http://www.albertawow.com/

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Jasper SkyTram

The Jasper SkyTram is the highest and longest guided aerial tramway in Canada going to a height of 2,263 meters above sea level.

It is located on the mountain called The Whistlers and provides easy access to a boardwalk and hiking trails in the alpine zone of the Canadian Rockies. The SkyTram takes about 7.5 minutes. Once at the top, you have the choice to dine at the Summit Restaurant with incredible views.

Photo: https://www.jasperskytram.com/

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Athabasca Falls

At 23 m in height, Athabasca Falls may not be the tallest waterfall in the Canadian Rockies but it is one of the most powerful, due to the sheer volume of water flowing into the gorge from the Athabasca River, fed by the massive Columbia Icefield.

The interpretive trail runs along the Athabasca River. This 1km hike is great for the whole family to enjoy breathtaking views of the fast-rushing water. A concrete bridge runs across the gorge and the while trail is paved making it very accessible.

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Dark Sky Preserve

In 2011, Jasper was designated as one of the 17 Dark Sky Preserves in Canada by the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada. Because the light pollution is so limited in Jasper, the area has ideal conditions for dark sky viewing.

Further, because there is a town within the limits of the preserve, Jasper National Park is the largest accessible Dark Sky Preserve in Canada.

October is the ideal time to celebrate the skies and so the annual Jasper Dark Sky Festival was created. This festival has become Canada’s largest celebration of the night sky and regularly draws thousands of spectators to take in all of the night views and knowledge from the stacked list of guest speakers that have included NASA astronauts and Hollywood celebrities.

Photo: https://www.travelalberta.com/

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Soak in Miette Hot Springs

For a soothing dip in mineral-infused natural hot springs, make the 60-kilometre trek to Miette Hot Springs, which boasts the distinct honour of being the hottest hot springs in the Canadian Rockies.

The hot springs hit a piping-hot 54 degrees Celsius right from the mountain, but the water is cooled to a more reasonable – but still toasty – 40 degrees Celsius in the pools where bathers come to swim.

There are a few different pool options to choose from, including a couple of super-cold pools if you’re after a hot-and-cold experience.

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Pyramid Island

Pyramid Island is a 0.6 kilometre moderately trafficked out and back trail. It has wonderful views of Pyramid Mountain.

The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and bird watching and is best used from April until October.

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Mount Edith Cavell

The Cavell Meadow Hike is a Jasper favourite. This 8.5km hike offers a loop through the floral meadows or Path of the Glacier. See views of the angel glacier but don’t get too close, house size blocks of ice fall frequently!

An impressive 3,300-metre peak, Mount Edith Cavell is named after a British nurse executed during World War I.

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The Glacier Skywalk & Columbia Icefield

Step out on a cliff-edge walkway where giant glaciers perch above you and the spectacular Sunwapta Valley spreads out below.

The Columbia Icefield Skywalk experience features waterfalls, wildlife, fossils and more on an exciting 1-kilometre walkway that leads to a platform where glass is all that separates you from a 280 m drop.

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Jasper Brewing

Jasper Brewing Co was the first of its kind in the Canadian National park. They use glacier water to make their fine ales.
With a great menu as well, this is a favourite hangout spot for locals and tourists.

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