The Whistlers/Tramway, Jasper National Park
The Jasper Tramway whisks you up Whistler's Mountain to an elevation of 2277 meters (7472 feet), for stunning vistas over mountain ranges stretching up to 80 km away. Interpretive exhibits explain the high alpine environment and a hiking trail leads you to the summit of the mountain. On a clear day the white pyramid of Mt. Robson can be seen in nearby British Columbia
Admission to ride the tram is
General - $30.50
Children - 15.25
Aged 0-5 - Free
Or you can experience the beauty of being gently transported into Jasper National Park's alpine tundra aboard the Jasper Tramway. Also receive a $20 meal voucher for The Treeline Restaurant
General - $56.00
Children - 42.00
Aged 0-5 - Free
The chance of being gently transported into the dizzying heights of Jasper National Park’s alpine tundra is an experience that you will thoroughly enjoy. Jasper Tramway is the longest and highest guided aerial tramway in Canada and the only guided aerial ropeway in the Canadian Rockies. The Jasper Tramway provides visitors with unprecedented views of six mountain ranges, glacial fed lakes, the Athabasca river and the scenic mountain town-site of Jasper.
When Anne and I rode the tramway we paid $14.50 each for the return trip.
The Japer Tramway is open to the public from 9.30am until 6.30pm 7 days a week.
Located 7,500 feet above sea level and accessed via Canada's longest and highest aerial tramway, the Treeline Restaurant is a cozy retreat to enjoy the company of a special person. This is a casual restaurant offering a convenient self-serve style atmosphere in order to accommodate the weary hiker as well as the many visitors who wish to sit and gaze at the sights of Jasper.
Meal options range from C$30.00 for a basic buffet to C$50.00 for a virtual feast. All prices include lift tickets, meals and taxes which I feel represents excellent value for money.
Once at the top, after riding Canada's longest and highest aerial tramway, you can hike or simply sit and enjoy the view and facilities.
The adventure-minded may choose to hike up the Whistlers instead of taking the Tramway. The trailhead starts near HI-Jasper (Hostel International), about 1 km before the lower terminal. From here it's a 7 km hike to the upper terminal, with elevation gain of 1200 meters. From upper terminal, it's another steep 1.5 km to the summit.
I visited the Whistlers in early June, 2003. As seen in photo the hike to the summit was still snow covered. In some areas snow was deep to my knees. Fortunately there were footprints to follow so it's not as hard as it looks.
Enlarge the photo and you'll see the footpath on snow leading to the summit of the Whistlers. The black dot on top is a fellow hiker making it to the top. The summit had a smooth, round top with a small rockpile. It was a sunny day. The 360-degree view from the top was just incredible. To the far west I saw Mount Robson, the highest peak in Canadian Rockies.
The fastest way to go up to the Whistlers is by Tramway. From Jasper townsite, drive south on #93 (Icefield Parkway) and follow the sign to Whistler Road. You'll pass Jasper hostel (HI-Jasper) first, then about 1km further you'll arrive at the Tramway's lower terminal. It's about 4 km from town.
The photo was taken at the lower terminal. The black and white statue that looked like a skinny, cartoonish bear is the official mascot of Jasper. The ticket to Tramway was $20 (Canadian, as of June 2003). The ride to the top was less than 10 min, with elevation gain of 1000 meters. Unlike Banff Gondola that was reconstructed in 1998, Jasper Tramway is 40 years old and always filled to maximum capacity, so the ride was a little scary. But the view on top, in my opinion, was better than Banff's.
Doesn't matter you come up here by Tramway or on foot, the view from upper terminal is breathtaking. The photo was taken when I was climbing towards the summit. I was a few hundred feet above the Tramway upper terminal. I looked back at the terminal and the town of Jasper down below. In the photo you can also see Pyramid Lake and Patricia Lake to the northwest of Jasper townsite.
The view from Tramway's upper terminal was magnificent. With a map in hand, I could recognize Jasper townsite street by street, with Athabasca River alongside Highway #93 (Icefield Parkway) running through. To the east of town, there were Lake Edith, Lake Annette, Mildred Lake, and Lac Beauvert. To the west (in the shade) there were Pyramid Lake, Patricia Lake, Hibernia Lake and Marjorie Lake.
The Tramway is Canada's longest aerial tram operation. The upper terminal at 2,500 metres (8,200 ft) offers spectacular view of the surrounding area. A one-way trip in the 30 passenger cabin takes seven minutes. Cafeteria, dining room, lounge and gift shops are offered.
A steep trail ploughs upwards and onwards to the Whistlers summit (2470m), an hour's walk that requires warm clothes year-round and reveals even more stunning views.
The trip whisks visitors up to the upper terminal at 2,285 m. On a clear day the view is incomparable. Be sure to bring warm clothes.