10 Things to Do in Jasper in the Summer
Visitors to the Rockies often don’t make it past Banff and Lake Louise.
But if you have the time, not only is it worth the drive to Jasper, but it’s worth your while to spend a few days in the Jasper area.
Here are 10 things to do in Jasper and the vicinity – in the summer.
- Drive to Patricia and Pyramid Lakes – only 15 minutes away. Then hike the 2-3 hour loop trail around Patricia Lake.
- Take the Jasper Tramway up Whistlers Mountain and feast your eyes on the incredible high alpine views. It’s Canada’s longest and highest aerial tramway, but you’ll have to cough up $30.95 per adult to go up.
- Check out Jasper’s history by visiting the Jasper-Yellowhead Museum in town.
- Admire Athabasca Falls, thirty minutes to the south of Jasper via Highway 93 or 93A.
- Drive to Maligne Lake - an hour away and canoe, kayak or take one of the boat tours.
Paddling on Maligne Lake
- Visit Maligne Canyon, 15 minutes east of Jasper. Walk the 3.7 kilometer interpretative trail crossing foot bridges over the canyon along the way.
- Soak your troubles away in the Miette Hot Springs – the hottest in the Rockies. They’re one hour north of Jasper.
- Switchback your way up the 14.5 kilometer road to the Mount Edith Cavell lookout. Do not bring your trailer!
View of Mount Edith Cavell
- Swim – yes swim in the spring fed Lakes Annette, Edith and Beauvert, ten minutes away via Highway 16. You can also walk the one hour interpretative trail around the lakes.
- Hike in some of the most glorious country in the Rockies. One of the best in the area is the Bald Hills trail. It starts in the vicinity of Maligne Lake and delivers wildflowers, glaciers, forests and desolate rock scenes. Even better – it’s a relatively easy 12.6 kilometer round trip hike.
And in Jasper the chance of you seeing wildlife is very high – especially in the early morning and at dusk. Drive carefully on any of the roads around Jasper.
Do you have more suggestions for things to do in Jasper in the summer?
Photo credit: Jasper Tramway, Athabasca Falls, Mount Edith Cavell
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