Edmonton International Airport is the closest major airport to Jasper National Park. So we flew straight from Vancouver to Edmonton to start our adventure in the Canadian Rockies.
Jasper town is at the centre of the wild expanse of this National Park which makes it the perfect base for adventure.
This rugged town has a history filled with adventures of Indigenous tribes, early settlers, fur trade explorers and railway pioneers who created a town amidst the grand rockies.
It’s Spring time: snow is melting, slowly, flowers are blooming and bears are waking up. Everyone is waiting to observe nature coming to life after a long winter. There is so much to discover here – it is awe inspiring!
The largest and most northerly of Canada’s Rocky Mountain parks, Jasper is one of North America’s leading wilderness backpacking areas. But Jasper’s reputation for ruggedness should not deter ordinary hikers: many of the park’s best trails can be easily traversed on a day’s outing.In the early 19th century the vast trail network of what is now Jasper National Park was an essential passageway for Indians, explorers and fur traders. Today it is a source of recreation and escape for hikers who have come to enjoy Jasper’s natural wonders.
The best way to get information is the visitor centre – you can’t miss the historic log and stone house in the heart of town – there you will get great information about track conditions, specialised advice, wildlife information and be assured they will make you have the best time while exploring. And that’s what we did! We quickly found out that a lot of the hikes were still closed due to snow but there were still plenty of opportunities for explorers of all levels to take in the natural sorroundings in a variety of ways.
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.
My Favourite Day Hikes (Early Spring)
- Pyramid Bench
- Valley of the Five lakes
- Maligne Canyon
- Old Fort Point