Sep. 7, 2016
By Naomi Witherick
Planning a trip to Jasper National Park but pressed for time? Fitting it all in won’t be easy. It’d take a lifetime to explore this stretch of peaks, glaciers, waterfalls, lakes and pine forest.
But with a little local knowledge you can see the best bits in a day. Take a sky tram to mountaintop views and canoe on pristine emerald lakes. And don’t forget Jasper townsite, a quaint settlement rich in history and spoilt for choice when it comes to eating out. Here’s how to make the most of 24 hours in Jasper.
Get an eye-full of Jasper’s sights on a one-day visit. Image: Jasper Skytram
April 11, 2016
By Afton Aikens
Peaks may be our claim to fame in the Canadian Rockies, but we’ve also got roots.
The Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge is nearing the end of its 100th year. The hotel has joined other celebrated institutions that have made it into the Centenarian Club.
In true Canadian tradition, the Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge began in June 1915 as a cluster of 10 tents on the shores of glacier-fed Lac Beauvert. The accommodation was known as Tent City, and the nightly rate was $2.50 to $3, or $15 to $18 for a week.
By Sara Samson, Afton Aikens and Jack Wennot
Browse accommodations: Banff | Canmore | Lake Louise | Jasper | Golden | Invermere & Area | Fernie & Area
Historic Fairmont Hotels
Banff and Jasper offer accommodation for every traveller, including luxury hotels, budget motels, rustic lodges, B&Bs, condos and hostels. But the grandest are the original Canadian Pacific Railway (CPR) and Canadian National Railway (CN) hotels.
Now operated as Fairmont hotels, the Banff Springs, Chateau Lake Louise and Jasper Park Lodge offer historical significance, luxury, resort amenities and alpine adventure — plus prime mountain locations with extraordinary views. These are amongst Canada’s best and most iconic hotels.
Image: Fairmont Banff Springs
Fairmont Banff Springs: Alberta’s “Castle in the Rockies” is the birthplace of Canadian Rockies tourism. This Scottish baronial hotel by the Bow River is a 10-minute walk from downtown Banff. Guests access a $30-million spa, renowned golf course, bowling, tennis, horse stables, shopping and 12 restaurants. Guests have included King George VI, Marilyn Monroe and Bill Gates. (more…)