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What to Do in Jasper in 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 - one of the most scenic in Canada - but I recommend spending a few days in the Jasper area. Here are 10 things to do in Jasper and within an hour's drive of the town in summer. Visit Patricia and Pyramid Lakes Drive to Patricia and…

Hiking the Skyline Trail in Jasper National Park

Hiking the Skyline Trail in Jasper National Park rewards you with incomparable mountain views for almost two thirds of its 44.5 kilometre length. This is a world class hike that ranks in the top 10 in Canada - at least in my experience. The hike shouldn't be missed if you're in the Alberta Rockies. But the season for hiking the Skyline Trail is short. Don't even think of booking campsites until late July after the…

Hiking the Henry MacLeod Trail in Jasper National Park

If you hike the Henry MacLeod Trail - beginning at the far end of Maligne Lake in Jasper National Park, you're in for a treat. But unless you're camping at the Coronet Creek Campground, accessibility is a huge issue. Certainly mountain climbers make it into a multi-day trip but your average Joe isn't about to paddle 21 kilometres, hike 16 kilometres and paddle 21 kilometres out again in a day. However, it's a great hike…

Kayaking Majestic Maligne Lake in Jasper National Park

BEAUTIFUL!! I just wanted to scream those words. I was so blown away with the Maligne Lake scenery.It was much, much grander than I expected. Maligne Lake is only 44 kilometres (27 miles) from the town of Jasper. It's an incredibly popular spot to take a boat cruise - which I highly recommend doing but only if you're not inclined to canoe or kayak. John and I were keen to kayak the length of the…

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