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4 Great Alternatives to Jasper National Park

Jasper National Park is an awesome part of Alberta to visit. But it can get busy and at certain times of the year just getting accommodation can be tough. Fortunately there are a number of other provincial parks that are within a few hour's drive of Jasper (tops) and in my humble opinion are overlooked. Put them on your radar. They all see a fraction of the traffic that Jasper National Park gets. These four…

The Beauty Creek Hike to Stanley Falls in Jasper National Park

If you're driving the Icefields Parkway and you're looking for a short, easy hike try the gorgeous Beauty Creek hike to Stanley Falls. In an hour you will be transported to another world full of canyons and waterfalls. It's family friendly, as long as you keep the kids away from the edge. Round-trip it's about 4 kilometres return and the total elevation gain is just 40 metres. The Beauty Creek hike is an excellent shoulder…

Jasper in 24 Hours: 3 Exceptional Experiences

Don't despair if you're visiting Jasper and you only have 24 hours to see some sights. There's plenty you can accomplish in short order if you're prepared to have a full day. Recently I was in town and did exactly as described below. It was a great day and one I'd recommend to everyone. 3 Exceptional Experiences in Jasper - if you only have 24 hours Start the day in Jasper with a trip to…

Canyoning: The Most Amazing Adventure You’ll Want to Try in Jasper

Do you want to explore a scenic part of Jasper National Park few people ever see? Canyoning, the latest and most amazing adventure in the park to be offered as a commercially guided trip is a fun, mentally challenging and an exceptional way to experience the mountains.  Offered by Rocky Mountain Canyoning from early May until late October, depending on weather and conditions, canyoning is done in one of three locations - Ogre, Morrow or Two Valley Canyon.…

Everything You Need to Know About Camping on the Icefields Parkway

The Icefields Parkway, also known as Highway 93 North, runs from Lake Louise to Jasper for 232 spectacular kilometres passing through Banff and Jasper National Parks. With 11 campgrounds along the parkway, it's easy to slow down and explore the region. Here's what you need to know about the Icefields Parkway campgrounds. There is no cellphone coverage along the parkway but campgrounds have pay phones. For payment have exact change or a credit card. You won't find any…

5 Stunning Hikes You’ll Want to do Along the Icefields Parkway

Not only is Alberta's Icefields Parkway a spectacular stretch of road to drive, it offers quick access to world-class hikes (and backpacking trips) with most trailheads immediately beside the highway. Over its 232 kilometres (the distance between Lake Louise and Jasper) there are roughly 30 hikes or backpacking trips you can do. All are in either Banff or Jasper National Park. Here are five stunning hikes all of which could be done as a family, perhaps with a little…

8 of the Best Places to Snowshoe in Alberta

There's nothing like big dumps of snow in the mountains to get you motivated to get outside, especially in Alberta on days when you have the magic combo of blue skies with awe-inspiring mountain scenery. Need some suggestions on where to go? Here are eight of the best places to snowshoe in Alberta.  Medicine Lake – Watchtower Canyon, Jasper National Park Medicine Lake is a very popular snowshoeing destination out of Jasper, especially since it's only a…

The Maligne Canyon Ice Walk in Jasper

The Maligne Canyon Ice Walk in Jasper National Park can be experienced from December until early April. We did it one year over an Easter weekend when it fell in April and thoroughly enjoyed every minute of this fascinating and very fun half day tour. Kids love it as much as the adults do. Book a tour to fully experience the Maligne Canyon Ice Walk We booked a tour, though I'm not normally a tour person. This one…

Winter in Jasper for Adventurous Travelers

If you are a traveler with an adventurous spirit then you'll love Jasper in winter. Before my recent winter trip, I'd spent all of three nights on three different occasions in Jasper. But it was always a quick visit - and really just a place to lay my head before dashing off on the next adventure. And I'd never visited in winter. For a diverse selection of winter outdoor adventures, you'll be thrilled at what's available in…

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