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Jasper National Park (Put It On Your Bucket List)


Get your camera! (L to R): Random mountains at sunset and sunrise; scenic Lake Maligne; amazing scenery in every direction.

Greetings from Jasper National Park in Alberta, Canada…our first official national park of this trip! Jasper is the farthest northwest that we will venture this summer, and it is absolutely worth the 3,000+ miles we trekked across the continent to get here. Jasper is the largest of Canada’s Rocky Mountains parks, and it’s also less trafficked than Banff and Yoho to the south.  We try to avoid clichés and hyperbole here on WPG, but truth is, since we arrived in Jasper, there has been a stunning, mind-blowing, awe-inspiring, picturesque cliché around every corner.

We’ve been here for less than 24 hours, but it feels more like a week.  We’ve visited the Miette Hot Springs, sampled local brews, stayed overnight in a rustic wilderness hostel (no running water), ran four miles around town this morning (nearly running into an elk), and hiked a bit at Lake Maligne.  We are now back in town jumping on the grid for a few minutes before returning to the hostel (with a planned visit to Athabasca Falls on the way).


Out and about (L to R): Visiting the Miette Hot Springs; quirky downtown Jasper; our wilderness hostel cabin; running/mountains/trains (three of my favorite things); our brewery pit stop for beer, fries, and blogging.

Jasper is a funky little mountain tourist town, but we’re here early enough in the season that it’s not crowded.  The town is surrounded by mountains, and the railway is still active (a highlight for me…freight trains and passenger trains running in and out all day).  Glacial rivers run clear in every direction, and the lakes are emerald green.  We’ve seen elk, moose, bears (black and brown, mamas and cubs…plural), and a pack of mountain goats that chased me around the car at the hot springs.  Pictures do not do this place justice (cliché alert), but it’s true.

A taste of the wild life (L to R): Aggressive/fearless mountain goats, elk calving season, black bears (often with cubs), brown (Grizzly?) bears, and moose.

A taste of the wild life (L to R): Aggressive/fearless mountain goats, elk calving season, black bears (often with cubs), brown (Grizzly?) bears, and moose.

Allow these pictures to be your personal brochure and start planning your next adventure here.  As for our next adventure, we head south tomorrow on the Icefields Parkway with plans to spend the night at a hostel in Lake Louise. We’ve been keeping an eye on the flooding in Banff and Canmore, where we have reservations for the weekend (it’s a long holiday weekend here, with Canada Day on Monday).  All signs indicate we’ll be able to proceed as planned, but we’re prepared to be flexible if we have to alter course. It’s all part of the road experience, and we’re enjoying every minute of it. –J

12 responses

  1. Your blog is so refreshing….love how you discribe the Canadian Alps (lol!) and the animals just hanging around….believe it’s so exciting for you & M bumping into them on your every turn…nice weekend planned, huh?….”Oh Canada”…lol! Should be a wild time, they love to party! Always loved Canada and most of it’s people…the real real French ones can be nasty! So watch out!!…lol!….they can speak English but refused!
    Keep blogging and enjoy! Love to U and M…xoxo

    June 27, 2013 at 8:33 pm

  2. MOM

    Sounds almost heavenly. Have a wonderful weekend.

    June 27, 2013 at 10:08 pm

  3. Dad


    June 27, 2013 at 10:25 pm

  4. SuzQ

    under Key Facts, how about adding “Miles Ran”?? …. just sayin. 🙂 Have FUN!

    June 27, 2013 at 10:36 pm

    • Ha…yes, we do keep track of those (shocking…), so perhaps we’ll add them to the site. Looks like you’re having a good summer of running, TRX, and live music…hope to catch up in the fall!

      June 29, 2013 at 9:29 pm

  5. The Canadian Rockies are wonderful. I’d really recommend checking out Mt Edith Cavell while you’re in Jasper National Park… and Moraine Lake, which isn’t far from Lake Louise. Enjoy!

    June 28, 2013 at 12:09 am

    • Thank you…we agree it is a wonderful place! We visited Moraine Lake today…a bit touristy but worth the drive. Happy travels!

      June 29, 2013 at 9:28 pm

  6. Stunning images!

    June 28, 2013 at 10:45 am

  7. Dad

    just an fyi — u guys are headed into a BIG heat wave. Stay hydrated.

    June 28, 2013 at 1:16 pm

    • Will do! It is warm here…80s today with 90s in the forecast. Still getting into the 40s at night, though, which keeps us on our toes! 🙂

      June 29, 2013 at 9:26 pm

  8. Pingback: The Rest of Jasper: Athabasca, Icefields, and Wilcox | Words Per Gallon

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