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
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. (more…)
June 14, 2016
By Afton Aikens with notes from Where writers
In the Canadian Rockies we take our cues from the mountains—we go big. We also get creative. Our tour operators offer activities that allow everyone to explore our wild alpine playground. We’ll get you to the summit; you choose whether you want to ride, fly or climb.
Photo Credit: Banff Trail Riders
Horse Trips to the Backcountry
Horses provided essential transportation for Indigenous peoples, European settlers and early Banff and Jasper tourists. Visitors can still sightsee by saddle and horse-drawn carriage. Today’s horseback rides provide a link to our western heritage.
Take a trail ride for an hour or a day, or join a multi-day pack trip through remote mountain terrain with tent camp stays. At the end of each day satisfy your appetite with hearty campfire-kissed cuisine. New this year are Banff Trail Riders’ custom fishing trips to alpine lakes teeming with trout.
“The cool thing about fishing pack trips is the solitude at the lakes and rivers—there’s nobody else there. The opportunity to explore that area is pretty unique,” says Banff Trail Riders’ owner Jonathan Welsh. (more…)
Maligne Chalet by Mike Gere courtesy Maligne Lake
Experience the 1920s at historic, newly restored Maligne Lake Chalet; the log chalet with its famous view captures the quintessential charm of an era that valued luxury in the midst of wilderness. Sit on the veranda or flagstone patio, or inside by the fireplace or potbelly stove. “In July and August from 2:30 to 4:30 pm, we offer a traditional British tea with Rocky Mountain twists such as scrumptious Canadian-sized scones,” says manager Pat Crowley. It’s $32 (child $16); ‘Tea for Two and Maligne Lake Cruise Too’ is a great value at $81 (child rates available). Reserve 780-852-3370. By James Kallenbach