THINGS TO DO:
Northern Lights & Dark Sky
Our whole family has an ongoing love affair with Jasper National Park. There are always so many things to do! This summer, we're looking for fresh perspectives and new ways to enhance our favourite Rocky Mountain experience.
By Sky or by Land
Perhaps we'll start with a bird's eye view of the Athabasca River Valley in a fixed-wing plane with Air Jasper. Or there's heli-sightseeing with High Country Helicopter Tours. Of course, we could always go aerial with a bit more of a tether - Jasper Tramway goes straight up Whistler's Mountain. It's the longest and highest aerial tramway in Canada. We'll be able to see six mountain ranges, the Athabasca River, Lac Beauvert and the Jasper townsite far below. Then again, we could stay grounded, don leathers and hop into a sidecar for an expedition with Jasper Motorcycle Tours to gawk at the glaciers along the splendid Icefields Parkway.
On or Under Water
Exploring the park from the water definitely fits our new perspectives theme. We could get the adrenaline pumping on a class two whitewater rafting trip through the Sunwapta rapids, although kayaking on the tranquil waters of the Athabasca is more my speed. Jasper has lots of rafting companies with professional guides.
My husband is a certified diver so he's signing up with Jasper Dive Adventures to take a guided tour into Patricia Lake. He became fascinated by Project Habbakuk - a top secret WWII experiment to build aircraft carriers from a mixture of ice and sawdust - scuttled in 1943, and wants to see it for himself!
On Four Feet or Two
A traditional horseback excursion with Jasper Riding Stables to the Athabasca Overlook is definitely on our bucket list, or maybe even a full day where we can visit four different mountain lakes.
On our own, we've done a lot of hiking in Jasper. Bald Hills has subalpine meadows that are covered with wildflowers with amazing views of Maligne Lake. Then there's a shorter hike and climb up the Wilcox Pass Trail to see the Athabasca Glacier from a fresh perspective.
Guided hiking will be new for us this summer. Walks and Talks Jasper offers interpretive hikes to Mt. Edith Cavell Meadows, Path of the Glacier at Edith Cavell, Sulphur Skyline, and Valley of Five Lakes. If we're lucky, we'll see wildlife along the way.
Up, down, or all around, we'll see a side of Jasper we've never seen before! To help plan your own adventure, visit Tourism Jasper.