Day 8: Banff – Jasper National Park – Jasper
Jasper National Park is synonymous with freedom. So when talking about spending the day at the Park, we recommend planning ahead what you want to see and where you are. This will avoid wasting time travelling. We speak of 11,000 square kilometres of the largest of the Rocky Mountain national parks, so it is essential to have a map of the National Park available at the tourist office. As with all of Canada, you will find that all the staff are very friendly and, in addition to giving you a map, will take the time you need to help you organize your day in the Park to your liking. They will also advise which parts have been seeing bear sightings in recent days, so that, under their responsibility, they approach or depart from these points. Despite all the information they can give you, we will describe below what might be a good ride for today. From Jasper, 40 minutes on the 93A motorway, you will reach Mount Edith Cavell and the Angel Glacier. You can leave your car in the parking lot and approach the tongue of the glacier. If you prefer to see it from the viewpoint, you just have to go there, keep quiet, appreciate what lies ahead, and when you’re done, pick up the phone or camera to portray the moment. We guarantee you will never forget it. From here, from the viewpoint, there is an easily accessible path that will allow you to immerse yourself in nature. Did you know that the most abundant animals on these sides are groundhogs? So be aware that you will surely come across one. When you are done, you will be able to go to the next point of our journey, the Maligne Canyon parking lot, where you can leave the car. Afterwards, you will be able to access the river directly and, through its six bridges, will go down close to its bed. It will cross great landscapes and waterfalls and stunning waterfalls. In the end, get back in the car and head for Lake Maligne. It is one of our favourite places of the day. You will think you are riding a postcard, but in reality, it is on the second largest lake in the world, fed exclusively by glaciers. In addition, you can hire a one-and-a-half-hour boat tour that will take you to Spirit Island, the island inland (Note. Tour not included). Back in Jasper, don’t forget two other essential stops: Lake Annette and Lake Edith. The colour of its waters is turquoise, which will transport you immediately to a Caribbean or Thai beach – but no, this is Canada! Back in Jasper, you can have dinner and some rest, but don’t think the day in the National Park is over, as your adventure continues. If you like nature photography, here you have a unique experience. On clear nights, you can count millions of stars in the sky. And when we say millions, we really mean millions. There is probably no place in the world where you can better see and photograph the starry sky. We can only advise you to enjoy! Jasper accommodation.