Ice trekking on the Athabasca Glacier
We took this opportunity to trek on the Athabasca Glacier. I don't remember the company who we trekked with or the cost but I thoroughly enjoyed the experience. The trek took approximately two hours and it was nice admiring the glacier itself and the environs.
Equipment: We were supplied with waterproof trousers and crampons and a guide accompanied us safely and gave us an insight on the glacier.
Debra, my travelling friend, and I took a couple of short day hikes during the day we had a Maligne Lake. Maligne Tours Limited supplied us with a map of the trails available around the lake.
First of all we did the "Lake Trail": The trail began at Maligne Lake Chalet and it's approximately 3.2 km return. The trail took us to the northeast shore and continuing onto another viewpoint of the lake before returning inland to the start.
The second trail we did was to "Moose Lake": This is approximately 2.6 km return and you walk through a forest with its unique flora and fauna to Moose Lake. There is a chance of spotting a moose, which we didn't see but some other travelling saw a lone one in the distance when they did the trail.
It was a lovely day walking in this beautiful part of the world.
Equipment: Suitable hiking clothes and equipment are required. Also to take adequate provisions.
Skyline Trail Rides stables are located at the Jasper Park Lodge and they offer a variety of guided trail rides, ranging in length from 1 h ($35) to 4 1/2 h ($100).
They also offer 3-, 6- or 9-day wilderness package trips along the spectacular skyline trail (great for wildlife and alpine photography).
Equipment: Comfortable pants and shoes/boots.
Whitewater Rafting Jasper Ltd. offers a variety of guided river trips, ranging from introductory rafting runs for beginners and families, to some of the best commercial white water rafting in Canada's Western Parks for more experienced rafters. Starts May 1 to early October.
Equipment: They provide wet suits, life jackets, paddle jackets and neoprene booties. Just bring your bathing suit!
This is a short 3.5km hike, which should only take 1-2 hrs. There are some steep sections but well worth it once you reach the top of this 130m bedrock hill. Here you will have a 360 degree view of the surrounding mountains, the town of Jasper and the Athabasca River below.
You can experience all the peace in the world on a solo trip
I think the waters are too cold for the average fish
Equipment: Life jackets are compulsary - wear them or not = its up to you - but the water is still very cold even in summer
This was a favourite moment while visiting the Rocky Mountains. This hike starts at the campground at the base of Wilcox Pass, across from the Icefields Centre on the Icefields Parkway.
It is a challenging 8km hike and should take 4-6hrs. Once you reach the pass, you will have stunning views of the Icefields Parkway to the south and the Columbia Icefields to the west. Like me, you will probably have this entire view to yourself and it will make you feel like the luckiest person on earth.
This was an easy hike, with virtually no elevation gain and very popular with families. It is 4.2kms and takes 2-3 hrs. There is a boardwalk along the way from which you can spot beavers. We didn't see any beavers but we did see a black bear.
On this hike you will not be seeing panoramic mountain vistas but rather views down into the 47m deep limestone gorge of Maligne Canyon. There are six bridges that criss cross over the canyon on your way. The water from Maligne Canyon mysteriously feeds into Medicine Lake 15kms away through an underground cave system.
This hike is an easy 4kms and will take 1-2 hrs.
This was a difficult hike with a 500m gain in elevation. Part of the hike is along a fire road, so it wasn't that pretty but well worth it once you reach the top and can see a panoramic view of Maligne Lake and the towering mountain range above it.
This is a 10km hike and will take about 4hrs.
At the time (1993) the Jasper Park Rangers were offering free guided walks up Mt. Edith Cavell to view the Angel Glacier. You can see the shape of the angel with outstretched wings in the photo. We sat in Cavell Meadows amongst alpine wildflowers listening to and watching avalanches across the way.
This hike was 8km with a gain of 400m in elevation. Plan on spending 3-4 hrs.
Since 1987, Maligne Rafting Adventures Ltd. has provided quality rafting adventures to visitors who come to Jasper National Park & Mount Robson Provincial Park. It's truly a blast as you travel down the river, through boulders and rapids with others in your boat.
Equipment: The company provides transportation to and from the river as well as life jackets, wet suits, paddle jackets, booties, paddles and helmets. Guests must wear a bathing suit or shorts under their street clothes (if it's rainy or cold, you should plan on packing wool or polypropylene items). You should also bring a towel and dry clothes for after the trip.
This is another easy level hike along the waters edge of Maligne Lake and then looping back through thick pine forest. It is very popular with families at only 3.2kms. It should take just one hour.