JASPER MUST-SEE SIGHTS AND ATTRACTIONS
Jasper Ice Tours - Maligne Canyon
Deep in the Canadian Rockies, lays the pristine and breathtaking Jasper National Park. Jasper National Park is Canada’s largest Rocky Mountain Park and one of North America’s largest natural areas. Bighorn sheep, bears, wolves and elk call this area home and can quite often be spotted along the roadsides. When visiting Jasper, Alberta, let Sun Dog Tours take you (winter or summer) on a wildlife excursion. This provides plenty of opportunities to view exceptional locations for photos and nature walks.
The Icefields Parkway & The Columbia Icefield
If you prefer to go out on your own, the Icefields Parkway between Jasper and Lake Louise is renowned as Canada’s most scenic driveway for its mountain vistas, glaciers and wildlife inhabitants you will see along the way. Whether you are driving down the Icefields Parkway or not, we always highly recommend that visitors have a Columbia Icefield Glacier Experience. One of the largest accumulations of ice and snow south of the Arctic circle, it covers 325 square kilometres and can reach a depth of 360 metres.
Just a short distance from the Icefields Parkway is Sunwapta Falls. Breathtaking in both winter and summer, Sunwapta is a Stoney Indian word for “turbulent river.” While winter produces mesmerizing “ice sculptures,” spring is the best time to visit the falls, as the spring glacier melt is at its peak. The water originates from the Athabasca Glacier and it’s a class 6 waterfall with a drop of 8 metres (6 ft) and a width of 9.1 metres (30 ft).
A local favorite and popular choice for tourists is Maligne Canyon, one of the most impressive gorges in the Canadian Rockies. Made of sheer limestone walls that plunge to depths of over 50 metres (165 ft.), any season is a great time to check out Maligne Canyon. In summer you will catch spray from the Maligne River and in winter you can take a guided Maligne Canyon Ice Walk which takes you across the frozen ice shelves of the canyon floor.
Pyramid Lake is one of Jasper’s other natural attractions that draws visitors in winter and summer. A winding road will lead you to this spectacular lake where you can fish, horseback ride, boat, windsurf or just enjoy the views with a picnic. In winter, Pyramid Mountain provides the perfect backdrop for skating around the lake or strapping on snowshoes and hitting the backcountry. All of these activities make Pyramid Lake the perfect destination for all ages.