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Top Jasper Sights and Adventures

July 24, 2016
By Where writers

Jasper is an adventure playground – its wilderness beckons to many. Here are some ideas for your summer adventures:

Maligne Lake Cruise to Spirit Island

Maligne Lake Cruise to Spirit Island

Through the Lens
Spirit Island is one of the most photographed locations in Canada. On the Maligne Lake ‘Through the Lens’ Cruise snap incredible shots with the help of an on-board professional photographer. Learn to how to use filters, frame the scene, capture clouds and compensate for difficult light.

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Wilderness Run
The 10-km Tekarra Creek Loop led by Jasper trainer and ultramarathon record holder Tracy Garneau (780-931-6243) followed the Miette River and the rim of a steep Athabasca River bank. We slowly climbed to an incredible view of Mount Edith Cavell atop Old Fort Point. En route, we gave a bull elk wide berth. This hour-long jog was truly memorable! Contact Garneau for a custom run or other fitness pursuit. Attend her excercise classes Monday evenings, or Tuesdays and Thursdays at noon.

Rafting the Athabasca River (photo: Jasper Raft Tours)

Rafting the Athabasca River (photo: Jasper Raft Tours)

Athabasca River Wildlife
Watch for animals during your rafting adventure. Eagles and ospreys are common, as are deer and coyotes. Early in the season, elk give birth on islands to protect their young from wolves that find the waters too swift to navigate. Bears (often with cubs) ford the river in late summer, while bull elk and their harems are seen near Old Fort Point in fall. Bighorn sheep reside near the rafting route’s end.

Via Rail (photo: Matthew G. Wheeler)

Via Rail (photo: Matthew G. Wheeler)

Ride the Rails to an Historic Pass
Yellowhead Pass, 30 km/19 mi west of the Jasper townsite on the Continental Divide, separates Alberta’s Jasper National Park from BC’s Mount Robson Provincial Park. The pass was named after ‘Tete Jaune’, a blonde Métis fur trader who frequented the area in the early 1800s. The half-day train tour offered by Jasper Adventure Centre or SunDog Tours follows the route past towering Mount Robson used by Overlander gold seekers in 1862; you return by sightseeing van. Or, drive Hwy 16 west on your own to picnic sites and waterfall strolls.

Photo: Tourism Jasper

Photo: Tourism Jasper

Cycle to Hike, Boat and Swim
Try our favourite cycling loop for a wonderful day of family fun. Rent bikes and head from town to the Old Fort Point trailhead. Option: hike the one- to two-hour loop with uphill sections to an Athabasca Valley view. Cycle beside the Athabasca River to the Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge. Next, rent a canoe for a serene paddle across Lac Beauvert. Option: lunch at the Lodge. Bike to the beach at Lake Annette for a swim before continuing to town. Option: picnic at the lake (bring food). After, drive to Miette Hot Springs for a soak. Option: grab a pizza at the resort next door.

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