Jasper’s day hikes range from simple strolls to heart-pounding uphill treks. For the casual hiker there are trails galore within walking distance of the Jasper townsite, but to experience the best of Jasper’s day hikes one must venture farther afield.

Nearly all of our hikes allowed for spontaneity and improvisation; indeed, detours to distant ridges, through meadows or up rocky slopes yielded some of the richest rewards of our trip.