Jasper National Park is not just the largest national park in the Canadian Rockies, but also one of the regions’s most sought-after tourist spots. The breathtaking natural beauty and sheer geographical diversity of the park draw nature lovers and adventure freaks from all corners of the globe. From the glaciers of the Columbia Icefield to the Miette Hot Springs and from the serene lakes to dense green forests featuring fascinating wildlife, the park packs in a lot for the visitors. Here, we have handpicked some of the ‘not-to-be-missed attractions’ at this magnificent nature reserve.
The scenery will enthrall you long before you reach the Columbia Icefield: the largest ice field in the Rockies. The road to Columbia Icefield, south of the Arctic Circle, is one of the world’s most spectacular mountain drives. Once you reach here, your eyes will witness some of the most incredible natural vistas you have ever seen. The snow-clad mountains, frozen lakes and glaciers, and a unique array of flora and fauna make it a haven for photographers. A guided tour to the Icefields Centre is an opportunity to learn about this unique eco system and its history.
A drive across the narrow winding roads to reach the Moraine Lake promises breathtaking views of the Valley of Ten Peaks and other surrounding mountain ranges. You will be as stunned by the rugged and remote setting of the lake as by the beauty of its spectacular deep-teal colored waters. Visitors can hire a boat from the Moraine Lake Boathouse and paddle through the glacier-fed waters. The best time to visit is from June to early October.
Trekking from Jasper to Banff
If you are yearning to explore the untamed beauty of the park, then a trekking tour from Jasper to Banff is a must. The guided tour takes trekkers to some of the most stunning sites in the park and at the same time, allows them to explore the region’s interesting flora & fauna. Take a halt at the Athabasca Glacier for an exhilarating snocoach tour onto the glacial fields. Dropping by at the Lake Louise and exploring the timeless charm of the Columbia Icefields are other highlights of the excursion.
The Pyramid Lake
Just a short drive from the town of Jasper, the Pyramid Lake is one of the most alluring natural attractions in the park. Surrounded by the montane forest, the lush green meadows and the meandering River Athabasca River, this place is just surreal. The ones who are up for an adventure can trek to the surrounding mountains or go on a wildlife safari. The wild animals that one can spot here include elk, deer, moose, and the occasional black beer.