The resort town of Jasper lies on the path of the Canadian National Railways.
Easily accessed from Edmonton, Jasper is situated at the start or the finish of the Icefield Parkway, considered “the most scenic highway in the world”. Jasper National Park is the fifth largest national park in Canada with over eleven thousand square kilometers of tours and activities. The opportunity to experience rafting, from floats to soaks can be done on the National Historic River, the Athabasca River. Experience the past by joining the historic voyageur canoe soft adventure.
The Park offers numerous activities including horseback riding, a soak in the Canadian Rockies warmest springs – the Miette Hot Springs, boat cruises at Maligne Lake, Whistler Mountain Skytram gondola ride, Athabasca Glacier Icewalks, skiing and snowboarding at Marmot Basin, Maligne Canyon Icewalk, flights over the Rockies by helicopter or plane, train trips and guided interpretive tours to all of Jasper’s Gems including Mount Edith Cavell, animal searches or which are better described as a safaris, birding during the spring and early summer can be very interesting. Getting out and tramping, hiking, walking, running, skiing, snowshoeing the intensive system of trails exploring the surrounding will take you a lifetime. Close to the National Park take part in dogsledding, snowmobiling and ATV tours.
Touring north from Lake Louise following Highway 93, the Columbia Icefield greets visitors as they enter Jasper National Park. The Athabasca Glacier with the world renowned Brewster Snocoach tour and the Icefield Chalet which houses the Parks Canada display on the glacier, makes for an incredibly informative stop over before venturing further into Jasper National Park. The natural beauty of glaciers, geological formations of mountain peaks and valleys, the Sunwapta and Athabasca River and waterfalls, the abundance and variety of flora and fawna will keep you in awe, all the way to Jasper.