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
By Where Staff
For nearly a century, skiers and boarders have flocked to the alpine paradise of the Canadian Rockies’ ski resorts. No wonder. Ours is a land where peaks outnumber people and the ski season is longer than any other in the country.
Photo: Banff Lake Louise Tourism / Paul Zizka Photography
The impressive wilderness of Canada’s Mountain Parks (Banff and Jasper national parks, and Kananaskis Provincial Park) boasts an enviable combination of tree lined and open bowl terrain, high-speed lifts and on-hill amenities that summon skiers and boarders from around the world. Local ski enthusiasts dish out insider details to make your visit memorable.
In 1915 Morrison Parson Bridgland began surveying Jasper to produce the first topographical maps of the area. He also took 735 photos that are now a valuable visual record of the state of Jasper National Park in its early years. Those photographs, along with repeat photos taken in the last decade to show how fire has changed the landscape, are part of the Changes to the Land exhibit happening until December 31 at the Jasper-Yellowhead Museum. By Sara Samson
Artist's rendering of the new Glacier Discovery Walk attraction. (Photo: Brewster Travel)
Soon you’ll be able to get up close and personal with a glacier at Jasper National Park via a floating observation platform on its new Glacier Discovery Walk attraction, set to open in 2013. (more…)
Jasper National Park is another Dark Sky Preserve. Photo by Thomas Pleiss.
By Carissa Bluestone
Last month, New Brunswick’s Fundy National Park was designated a Dark Sky Preserve (DSP) by the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada. The park has always been a great spot for stargazing, what with its limited light pollution and trails that are accessible during winter months (when skies are clearer), but DSPs must make a concerted effort to keep artificial lighting at bay. A project to upgrade park lighting to to meet Dark Sky standards should be completed by 2013. Also planned are educational stargazing parties at Bennett Lake and the Chignecto South campground. (more…)
Mount Robson, Canada's highest peak. Photo by ceetap.
By Tim Johnson
Not all road trips must be taken on rubber wheels. After all, a ride on a train takes you along a railroad—Canada’s original mode of long-distance travel. And, winding from British Columbia’s picturesque Pacific Coastal Range, past quirky, cool places in the BC interior, all the way to the soaring Rockies and across the Alberta border to Jasper, VIA Rail’s “Skeena” (Prince Rupert–Jasper train) provides a railroad trip you won’t soon forget. (more…)
Sunshine Village (Photo: Richard Hallman)
Seven ski areas, tons of snow and a November through May ski season. A world-class combination of ski terrain, high-speed lifts and on-hill amenities. No wonder Banff, Jasper and area draws skiers and snowboarders from around the world. Read on for insider ideas to help you make the most of your time on the slopes. (more…)