By Where Staff
Peer down 280 m (920 ft) through a glass floor to the base of the Sunwapta Valley at the Glacier Skywalk. This interpretive attraction has won awards for its architecture, engineering and sustainable practices (like accommodating mountain goat use of the site); it won Where Canadian Rockies’ Best New Attraction for 2014. The platform is cantilevered (anchored at one end) and suspended in the air for a thrilling view of the peaks, glaciers and waterfalls.
Seat With a View
Find red Parks Canada Adirondack chairs at six iconic viewpoints: Pyramid Overlook (Map 5, 2I), Lake Edith (Map 5, 5K), Lower Maligne (Map 5, 5P), Old Fort Point (Map 5, 9I), Valley of the Five Lakes (Map 5, 16H) and Wilcox Pass (Map A, 3I). Panels at each chair tell a story about the area. Some chairs are easy to find, while others require an adventure. Stumble upon them, follow a Parks map or use their supplied GPS coordinates.
A sightseer’s dream come true, the easy Path of the Glacier hike at Mount Edith Cavell boasts views of Angel Glacier; continue on to see wildflowers and furry marmots that inhabit Cavell Meadows. The impressive peak is named after a British WWI nurse who was executed in 1915 for helping Allied prisoners escape Brussels. Commemorate Cavell on the 100th anniversary of her death by attending cultural events.
Heli to Day Hike
From the Yellowhead Helicopters staging area in Mount Robson Park, BC (an hour west of the Jasper townsite), fly by the glacier-studded western flank of Mount Robson, the highest peak in the Canadian Rockies. Then, walk 23 km back to Hwy 16 by Berg Lake where the glacier descends to the water, through aptly named Valley of a Thousand Falls and alongside Kinney Lake. En route visit impressive Emperor Falls and a stand of massive old growth cedars.
This year, the Maligne Lake Chalet & Guest House became Jasper National Park’s fifth National Historic Site. The log buildings were constructed by legendary outfitter Fred Brewster and the CN Railway in 1927 and restored by current leaseholder Maligne Tours in 2011. Once luxurious accommodation, the chalet no longer hosts overnight guests. But elegant Afternoon Tea continues to connect visitors with the golden era of Canada’s national parks.
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