If you are planning a hike, it is prudent to confirm your hike with the visitor centre in Jasper. They are good at making hike recommendations -- depending on how long, how vigorous, how open we want to be. and they will advise on variable issues. For instance when we tried one hike, we were told there was grizzly activity in the area, and they restricted us to travelling in a group (and two doesn't qualify for a group, we've tried).
Go to Horseshoe lake it the most amazing lake ever. It is crystal clear glacier fed we have gone swimming in it before as many locals do on a hot summer day. When you get there walk to the other side of the lake through the trees it much more private on that side and you can see right to the bottom of the lake. Jump off the side of the cliff but be prepared to meet the ice cold water when you hit.
While in Drayton Valley, my host gave me a ride in his big-rig to see what life was like on the road! On this particular day, we picked up a load of de-mineralized water from a wood-burning power plant and delivered it many miles away to a natural gas processing facility not far from the Brazeau Lake area that we had been at the night before. It was most enjoyable because I have always had an affinity for the big trucks and it was nice to have an 'inside' view of what is involved.
Hike or ride by horseback 14 miles to camp and see spectacular views. All food is pepared and of very good quality. Cozy cabins with wood stoves to take the chill off at night. It is a wonderful place. Day rides, day hikes or go fishing. Photo oppertunities are endless. Staff is awsome a five star in the middle of the Rocky Mountains. See travelogues for more pictures.
At Athabasca Falls, you'll find the junction for Hwy. 93A, which leads to some spectacular mountain scenery. At Mt. Edith Cavell, you can hike a short trail to a glacier at the base of the mountain. The trail has good views, as well as boulder fields and meadows. I don't really remember the distance. Anyway, it's a good side trip from the main highway.
If you are looking forward to an intermediate hike this is the one.
The water falls are what most people go to see. but if you venture on to the upper lakes, you will be blessed with more spectacular views. This year's snow fall was above average and the lakes are overflowing into the trails that is causing the muddy trails you will encounter and the last part of the trail .
Access: Geraldine/Fryatt Road (31km from Jasper)
From Jasper: Approximately 25 minutes drive
Trailhead: 6km up a fire road to parking lot
Distance: 6 Kilometers, approx. 3 - 4 hours
Elevation Gain: approx. 600m
Activities: Hiking / Camping
For almost every lake I visited during my trip, I tried to climb the hill nearby and get a panoramic view of that lake. The Maligne Lake is no exception. I hiked the trail to the Bald Hill and got this incredible view of the lake. It is not a very long hike - around 5 km one way. The elevation gain is quite a lot though - more than 500 meters. The round trip time is probably 3 hours but you could spend more time explore the area at the top - not only you can see much of the Maligne lake and Maligne valley, but you can see the valleys on the other directions.
Can anyone identify this wildflower. It does not appear my book Plants of the Rocky Mountains and I have not been able to identify it by looking through many websites devoted to alpine wildflowers. So it is a mystery to me, but I would like to know its name. So if you do happen to know this flower please email me or leave a comment on this page. Thanks.
Few hikes from town are spectacular, but the best of the bunch, the Old Fort Point Loop (6.5km round trip), is highly recommended. Despite being just thirty minutes out of town, it's remarkably scenic, with 360° views and lots of quiet corners. To reach the trailhead (1.6km from town) use the Old Fort Exit, following Hwy-93A across the railway and Hwy-16 until you come to the Old Fort Point-Lac Beauvert turn-off: then turn left and follow the road to the parking lot beyond the bridge. The Valley of the Five Lakes Trail (4.6km) is also good, but the path starts 10km south of town off the Icefields Parkway. For full details of all park walks ask at the information center for the free Day Hiker's Guide to Jasper.
I suppose the rangers were interested in this young elk for some reason.............we just liked watching him while the sun went down
A prolific flower species that thrives in sandy soil up to 13,000 feet and is found all across Canada and the northern regions of the U.S. Related to the Scottish bluebell.