Living only two short hours away from Jasper we try to get there as often as we can. Hunter lives for the mountains, not that Levi doesn’t but it’s on a completely different level. We still don’t get there nearly as often as we would like, but in the trips, we do manage we have been able to pick some of our favourite places to visit as a family.
(A place I apparently have no pictures of!)
Maligne Canyon is easily considered one of the most interesting canyons in the Rockies. They have a walking path set up so you can walk from the top of the canyon and falls, all the way to the bottom. Or vice-versa. There is a total of 6 bridges the crisscross over and each offers a uniquely magnificent view. The walk does consist of thousands (I’m estimating) of stairs so it can be quite physical but you can park at the top or bottom and do as much or as little as you want. There is also a picnic area available at either end. Maligne Canyon is a place we have visited many times over the years.
This is one of our most recent discoveries, we were initially out to find a short hike to do with the boys that was also stroller friendly ish, and as you can imagine the stroller part is difficult, to say the least. Then we stumbled upon this beauty. Not only is the 2.5km path around the lake fully paved so that is both stroller friendly and wheelchair accessible, there are also benches all along the way so people of any fitness level can do it and have plenty of places to rest as well as enjoy the beautiful views. There is also a gorgeous sand beach perfect for playing in the water and laying in the sun. We will be visiting this lake many times in the future.
This is a unique set of falls. There is a viewing area which offers a spectacular view of the main falls. There is also a 1km trail that leads to a viewing point of the lower falls. We have only made this trip once, but I highly recommend doing this short hike to see the second falls.
This is one of the only places I remember visiting as a child and one I continue to visit nearly every time we visit the park. Athabasca falls are the most powerful falls in the Rockies. The water roars and thunders as it falls and if you stand in the right place (or wrong) you’ll be soaked with the spray from the falls. It is truly an experience. The rocks are wet and therefore slippery so do not venture outside o the designated areas.
The one and only time we actually camped in Jasper this is where we stayed. It is an extremely large campground but is laid out wonderfully and you would never know its size without driving through it. The bathrooms are clean and well kept and just a short walk from wherever your campsite is. There is plenty of wildlife in the area and if you’re lucky you will be able to spot some from your campsite.
The sites and activities to do in Jasper National Park are limitless. I honestly don’t think we will ever have time to see and do it all. These are just the tip of the iceberg and the ones that we have all enjoyed as a family, some on more than one occasion.
What is your favourite thing to do in Jasper?