Arrival in Jasper
If you’re travelling to Jasper from Wells Gray, you’ll pass the huge Mount Robson – the highest mountain in Canada at nearly 4000m. As you drive along you’ll notice the vegetation becoming thinner, and more and more pine and fir trees begin to appear. Soon enough you’ll be approaching Jasper, in the heart of the famous Rockies. We’ve booked you a log cabin near the Athabasca River, in the perfect spot from which to explore the park.
Explore the National Park
After an epic sunrise over the mountains, you’ll be ready to explore. We’ve arranged a packed lunch so you can really get away from civilisation for the day. First, you should head to the visitor centre in Jasper, where you can pick up a map of the area before driving to one of the many walking trails. There are lots of great options around here, including a number of lakes which make lovely lunch spots, and it’s always worth asking at the visitor centre for some local tips.
We can recommend hiking out to the Maligne Canyon, where a meltwater river flows through a steep gorge, and also the Maligne Lake, which is at the foot of the biggest glacier in the Rockies. Here you’ll find one of the most picture-perfect scenes in the area, with the little Spirit Island in the middle of the lake, and the mountains rising up in the background – there aren’t many better places for a picnic. In the evening you’ll return to your cabin, where you can take a well-earned rest and take in the clear night sky.
Departure from Jasper
This morning it’s time to get on the road again and continue your Rocky Mountain route, which will usually take you along the famous Icefields Parkway to Banff. You can have breakfast at the chalet park before setting off, whilst hopefully watching the Wapiti deer which often roam around the grounds.
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