A few members of the Sawridge team have been fortunate enough to live in Jasper National Park most of their lives and are experts on the activities, terrain and beauty that Jasper has to offer. On behalf of our entire team, we'd like to present to you our top list of "must see" locations in Jasper.
105 km south of the Jasper townsite - on highway 93; May to October.
The largest icefield south of Alaska, this awesome structure of glacial ice and snow covers some 389 sq. km. (233 sq. mi.). The exciting 90 minute sightseeing Ice Age adventure tours will take you out onto the Athabasca Glacier, a tongue of the Columbia Icefield, for an awe-inspiring glimpse of icy crevasses and ice-fed streamlets.
A new addition to this once in a lifetime experience is the Glacier Skywalk, where the Ice Explorers and their monster all-terrain wheels tread delicately onto the glacier for you to walk safely atop the six kilometre-long, one kilometre wide tongue of a 10,000 year old sheet of ice.
61 km east of Jasper – accessed from highway 16 & Miette Road; May to October.
These natural springs, the hottest in the Canadian Rockies, are cooled from 54ºC (129ºF) to a soothing 39ºC (102ºF). Located in the picturesque Fiddle Valley, this modern facility includes two hot pools (one pool is wheelchair accessible), a cool pool and poolside cafe. Nearby hiking trails and picnic sites make Miette Hot Springs a perfect destination. Swimsuits, towels and lockers available to rent.
33 km south of the Jasper town site on highway 93.
48 km from Jasper town site on highway 16.
Maligne Lake is the largest glacier fed lake in the Canadian Rocky Mountains. Take a boat tour and explore the vibrant blue waters and lofty peaks, it's an experience you won't regret.
You can take the 90-minute cruise to Spirit Island, named the “Best Boat Tour in Canada” by Reader’s Digest, or specialty cruises like the Family of Explorers cruise and the Through the Lens cruise for photographers.
9 km south of Jasper – accessed from highway 93A; May to October.
The Jasper Skytram will transport you up Whistler's Mountain, to an elevation of 2277 meters (7472 feet). An incredible view of the Jasper town site can be seen on the ride up and an interpretive exhibit will explain the high alpine environment. Once you've reached the top ahiking trail will take you to the summit of the mountain, where on a clear day you may see the white cap of Mt. Robson, in nearby British Columbia. Gift shops and licensed dining facilities available.
56 km south of the Jasper town site on highway 93.
Sunwapta is a Stoney Indian word for "turbulent river". The Sunwapta River abruptly changes course at the falls from northwest to southwest and dramatically plunges into a deep canyon. Picnic sites are available. A frozen wonder in winter, Sunwapta Falls is one of the top attractions, and will delight photographers with its uncanny "ice sculptures".
7 km north of the Jasper town site – accessed via Pyramid Lake road.
A windy road leads to these two ultra-clear turquoise lakes where fishing, picnicking, boating and hiking are most popular. Rental facilities at Pyramid Lake include boating, canoeing, windsurfing and sailing. Cross-country skiing and ice-skating on Pyramid Lake in the winter months make this location an ideal venue for family fun. Pyramid Island is also wheelchair accessible.
29 km south of the Jasper town site – accessed via highway 93A and Mount Edith Cavell road.
There are few mountains within Jasper national park which can match Mt. Edith Cavell's raw beauty. The Angel Glacier is easily reached by a short self-guiding trail that winds its way along the shores of the icy cold lake. For those avid hikers, a more aggressive trail can be taken to the picturesque Cavell Meadows. It is best to visit in early mornings or late afternoons.
5 km from the Jasper townsite.
Both Lake Edith and Lake Annette offer day-use areas with numerous picnic sites and cooking shelters found within vicinity of the lake shores. The water is most refreshing and after a brief swim, you can stretch out on the sandy beaches or throw the Frisbee over the open grassy areas. Take a quiet evening stroll along the well-used trail surrounding the lakes. Ideal locations for family fun.