Take advatage of all this area has to offer by spending time hiking, backpacking and biking the trials of Jasper.
Location: The park is situated just to the north of Banff on the border of British Columbia in the Canadian Rocky Mountains. The town of Jasper is in the heart of the park. From Edmonton follow highway 16 west which will take you right into the town of Jasper. From Calgary follow highway 1 west to Lake Louise than continue north on the 93 to the town of Jasper. From Vancouver follow highway 1 east to Lake Louise then head north on the 93 or alternately take the 5 north at Kamloops to the 16 east which will take you to Jasper. The area can be reached by air via Edmonton, Calgary or if your willing to do more driving from Vancouver in British Columbia National Parks in Alberta - Location Map
Local distances from the town of Jasper
Jasper boasts a lot of great mountain bike terrain with just short of 300km of trail. The four sisters Yoho, Kootenay, Banff and Jasper have over 600km of mountain bike trails combined. There are 15 park trails consisting mostly fireroad and jeep track with some single track in certain areas. The trails include Mina Lake Trail, Jacques Lake Trail and South Boundary Trail, Overlander Trail, Fryatt Trail, Merlin Pass Trail, North Boundary Trail, Saturday Night Lake, Old Fort Point and Valley of the Five Lakes, Palisade Fireroad, Fortress Lake Trail, Geradine Fireroad. If you have the panniers and the fitness this is a great place for mountain bike camping.
Athabasca River/Trail #7: Easy - Intermediate, 22km, loop. The trail starts on the southern edge of the town of Jasper, at Old Fort Point, where it heads up towards Maligne Canyon behind Jasper Park Lodge and Annette and Edith Lakes, climbing towards Maligne Canyon. The canyon section is closed to mountain bikes between the 1st to the 5th bridge. You can get around this by crossing Maligne Road at the Fifth Bridge to pick up the trail. After the detour you're in for a nice descent. Follow the river back, where you'll have to do a road stretch before you're back on the trail and on your way back to the starting point. The is a shared use trail, watch for horses and hikers and of course make way for wildlife.
Fortress Lake Trail - Easy - Intermediate, 16 km one way. The trail begins at Sunwapta Falls at the opposite side of the bridge, which is about 55 km south of the town of Jasper on the Icefields Parkway, highway 93. For the most part, the trial is relatively flat and follows along the valley. The turn around point comes at the suspension bridge where backpackers can continue on to the campsites.
Fryatt Trail - Easy - Intermediate, 11.4km. Working its way through the forest, the trial is relatively flat for the first 8km with some water crossings along route. The turn around point (or overnighting point if you have the gear) is at the Fryatt campsite. Access is from the parking lot for ht Fryatt Valley on the Geraldine Fire Road.
Geraldine Lookout - Intermediate, 8km. The trail follows along the Geraldine Fire Road and continues passed the gate to the Geraldine Lookout which presents some splendid views of the Athabasca and Whirlpool Valleys.
There are boundless opportunities for mountain climbers in the park. Both the trail and warden offices have copies of the Canadian Parks Service "Climber's Guide To Jasper National Park". Backcountry huts maintained by the Alpine Club of Canada and are available for climbers and ski mountaineers. Contact them through thier web site for more information. Alpine Club of Canada
There are boundless opportunities for mountain climbers in the park. Both the trail and warden offices have copies of the Canadian Parks Service "Climber's Guide To Jasper National Park".
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half in Alberta and half in British Columbia, in Hamber Provincial Park.
All of the major river crossings are bridged. All of the major
river crossings are bridged. This trail should take at least 7 days to complete.
The elevation gain is 560 meters and the maximum elevation on route is 1800
meters. Backcountry campsites, pit privies and fire boxes (where fires are
permitted). Contact the park for details, maps and backcountry permits
and the availability of bear poles at the campsites.This is a multi-use
trail. Maps: Athabasca Falls 83 C/12, Amythyst Lakes 83 D/9, Athabasca Pass
Fiddler River Trail: Expert, 25km one way, linear. The trailhead for this route is behind the old pool at Miette Hotsprings, which is about 60 km northeast of the town of Jasper. From Jasper take highway 16 north and turn south on the road to Miette Hotsprings. The trail is isn't as well developed as you move away from Miette, so expect to do some river fording. There are three wilderness camping areas on route at Utopia Creek (5.7km), Slide Creek (13.0km, hikers and horsepackers) and at Whitehorse Pass (24.6km). Once you've reached the last campground, pitch your tent and hike the rest of the way to Whitehorse Pass (Fiddlers Pass) for some nice views of the valley. It should take at least 4 days to complete this route out and back.The elevation gain that you can expect on this trail is 1025 meters and the maximum elevation will be 2120 meters. Contact the park for details, maps and backcountry permits. Backcountry campsites, pit privies, and fire boxes (where fires are permitted). Check with the park regarding bear poles at the campsites. The trail is best hiked during the dryer months. This is a multi-use trail. Maps: 1:50,000 83 F/4 (the trail is not marked on the map). A special wall sized topo of Jasper is available at a scale of 1:200,000.
Fortress Lake: Intermediate-Expert, 24.2 km one way. The trail begins at Sunwapta Falls at the opposite side of the bridge, which is about 55 km south of the town of Jasper on the Icefields Parkway, highway 93. The first part of the trial is relatively flat traveling along the valley. There is now a a bridge crossing the Athabasca River but you must still ford the Chaba River, which if high, can be difficult. There are two camping areas on route, Big Bend at 7.8km and Athabasca Crossing at 14.2km. It should take at least 3 days to complete this trek. The maximum elevation will be 1400 meters on this trail. Contact the park for details, maps and backcountry permits. Remember Jasper's rivers are most often glacier fed and deep crossings are usually very cold. Contact the park for details, maps, backcountry permits and the availability of bear poles at the campsites. Maps: 1:50,000 topographical maps 83 C/12 Athabasca Falls, 83 C/5 Fortress Lake.
Jacques Lake Trail: Beginner/Intermediate, 12km one way, linear. The trail begins at the south end of Medicine Lake, which is 28 km from the town of Jasper. From Jasper take the 16 north a few kilometres to the Maligne Lake Road, which you take to the picnic area at Beaver Creek, where you'll find the trailhead. This is an easy hike and a great introduction to backpacking in Jasper. You start with a walk along a fire road for 1.6 km to Beaver Lake and the rest is a an easy hike into the campsite at the far end of Jacques Lake. The elevation gain that you can expect on this trail is 90 meters and the maximum elevation will be 1555 meters. This is an over night trip. Contact the park for details, maps, backcountry permits and the availability of bear poles at the site. Maps: 1:50,000 topographical maps 83 C/13 Medicine Lake
There are more than 1200 kilometres (660 miles) of hiking trails for both overnight and day trips.
Athabasca River/Trail #7: Intermediate, 22km, loop. The trail starts on the southern edge of the town of Jasper, at Old Fort Point, where it heads up towards Maligne Canyon behind Jasper Park Lodge and Annette and Edith Lakes, climbing towards Maligne Canyon. The canyon section is described in the Maligne Canyon hike. The loop back is a decent, then you'll follow the the river back where you'll have to do a road stretch before you're back on the trail and on your way back to the starting point. The is a shared use trail, watch for horses and bikers and of course keep your eyes open for wildlife.
Maligne Canyon 1st Bridge to 6th Bridge/Trail #7: Easy, 3.0km, Perhaps Jaspers most popular hike. Take Maligne Lake road for 6.4km to the trailhead where you'll find parking or hike up to the Canyon from Jasper along the Athabasca River/Trail#7. The hike takes you through the 50m deep limestone canyon carved by the Maligne River as its squeezed through through the gorge. Bridges cross the river back and forth allowing you to get multiple perspectives of the spectacle and have a look at the variety of habitats that surround the river. The hike should take you about 1.5hrs, there are interpretive signs in the Canyon.
The Whistlers #5: Expert, 14km return. To get to the trialhead take the 93 south from Jasper about 1.8km then head west on the Whistlers Mountain Road. About 2.8km down, just before the hostel, you'll find a gravel road on the left which will take you to the parking. From the trail head you'll hike up through montane forests, to the forest of the sub-alpine and then into the alpine itself. Follow the switchbacks up to the terminal point of the tramway (yes you could have rode up but thats no fun) then follow the interpretive trail to the summit. The reward is awesome views of the valleys. The trail ascends a total of 1200m along its length.
Path of the Glacier Trail: Easy, 1.6km. The trail is in the Mount Edith Cavell area and can be reached from the parking lot at the end of Edith Cavell Road, which is about 5.5km south of the 93 and 93A junction below the town of Jasper. This trail is a short loop that climbs up to a viewpoint overlooking the valley bottom. Across the valley you see the famous Angel Glacier, wings spread out onto Mount Edith Cavell the highest peak in the region. You then follow the trail down to the valley bottom and the shores of Cavell Lake at the bottom of the hanging glacier then follow the creek back to the start. This is an interpretive trail with signage.
Cavell Meadows Trail: Expert, 8km return. The trail is in the Mount Edith Cavell area and can be reached from the parking lot at the end of Edith Cavell Road, which is about 5.5km south of the 93 and 93A junction below the town of Jasper. This trail takes you to subalpine forests and meadows at treeline with unique views of Angel Glacier. In mid summer, mountain wildflowers are in bloom and you might get a glimpse of marmot, pika or perhaps a ptarmigan. Its a demanding trail with sections moving over a large ridge of boulders and switchbacks which climb up to the treeline but the effort is worth it.
Campsites for overnight trips are located along the shores of Maligne Lake and the Athabasca River. Contact the Trail Office for more information.
Campsites for overnight trips are located along the shores of Maligne Lake and the Athabasca River. Contact the Trail Office for more information.
White Water Paddling
The park has lots of paddling opportunities and several companies which provide rafting trips on the Athabasca River. See our resources section for more information.
Snowboarding and Skiing
Within Jasper's boundaries you'll find excellent trials and facitlities at Marmot Basin.
Snowboarding, Skiing, Telemark Skiing, Hiking, Restaurant, Chalet, Ski School, Nursery, Lounge, Online Lift Tickets 897m (2,944 ft) Vertical, Avg. Annual Snowfall 400cm (12.3ft)
For more information go to their web site at Ski Marmot
Wapiti Campground is the only campground in the park open during the winter. Backcountry camping and overnights at some of the parks huts provides other possibilities. Contact the park for details on fees, access, conditions and requirements. The Alpine Club of Canada maintains the parks hut system. Contact them throught thier web site for more information. Alpine Club of Canada
Front Country Camping
Whistlers Campground: 777 sites, 177 serviced. The campground is just 3km south from the center of town. Follow the 93 south and take Skytram Road west and then watch for the campground sign. There are showers, kitchen shelters, flush toilets and a trailer dump in the campground. Some facilities are wheelchair accessible, check with the park for details.
Wapiti: 362 sites, 40 serviced. The campground is located just to the south of the town of Jasper about 4km on the 93 (Icefields Parkway). There are flush toilets, kitchen shelters and showers in the campground.Some facilities are wheelchair accessible, check with the park for details.
Wabasso: 228 unserviced sites. The campground is located about 16km south of Jasper. Take the 93 to the 93A, the campground is about 4.5km south of the split. There are flush toilets and a trailer dump but no showers in the campground.. There are several walk-in sites.
Pocahontas: 140 unserviced sites. The campground is located off the 16 about 44km north of the town of Jasper. Take the 16 to the turn off for Miette Hotsprings, the campground is a short distance down the road. There are flush toilets but no showers in the campground.There are several walk-in sites.
Snaring River: 66 unserviced sites. The campground is located about 16km north of the town of Jasper. Take the 16 to the short side road into the campground. There are vault toilets and kitchen shelters in the camground. There are several walk-in sites.
Mount Kerkeslin: 42 unserviced sites. The campground is located 36km south of the town of Jasper on the 93 (Icefields Parkway). The campground has vault toilets. Athabasca Falls are just 6km from the campground.
Honeymoon Lake: 35 unserviced sites. The campground is located 52km south of the town of Jasper along the 93 (Icefields Parkway).The campground has vault toilets. Sunwapta Falls are just 3km south of the campground.
Jonas Creek: 25 unserviced sites. The campground is located between the Columbia Icefields (km 103) and Sunwapta Falls (km 55) about 77km south fo the town of Jasper along the 93 (Icefields Parkway). The campground has vault toilets. Almost half of the sites are walk-ins.
Columbia Icefield: 33 unserviced tent sites. The campground is lcoated just near to the famous icefields about 109km south of the town of Jasper on the 93 (Icefields Parkway). There is a kitchen shelter and vault toilets in the campground. Over 10 of the sites are walk-ins.
Wilcox Creek: 46 unserviced sites. The campground is about 111km south of the town of Jasper on the 93 (Icefields Parkway) just above the north entrance to Banff National Park. The campground has vault toilets, a trailer dump and kitchen shelters. .
Walk-in Sites: Walk-in sites are available at Wabasso, Pocahontas, Snaring River, Jonas Creek, Columbia Icefields.
Reservations can be made through the parks website via Parks Canada Camping
Falls - 32km south of the town of Jasper along the Icefields Parkway
Other hostels in the area include those in Banff and Yoho National Parks. There are no hostels in Kootenay National Park.
Jasper is one of Canada's most famous National Parks. It is one of the four parks, (Jasper, Banff, Kootenay & Yoho) that were declared a World Heritage Site in 1985 by the United National Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). Large numbers of elk, bighorn sheep, mule deer and other large animals live in the park. Of course, this includes their predators such as grizzly bears, mountain lions, wolves and wolverines. Jasper National Park is one of the great protected ecosystems remaining in the Rocky Mountains.
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