Second of all, you should check out Phil’s photos for the full impact of the amazingness that is THE CANADIAN ROCKIES.
I thought I would share the three main hikes we went on in the area and some of the hidden places we found (and animals encountered).
Day 1 - Maligne Lake
So the day we arrived in Jasper, we meet up with some British friends who were also touring the area. We decided to go to Maligne Lake and walk around while catching up. We somehow started heading around the lake (btw so many mozzies!) and ended up returned on the Moose Lake Loop. No moose were seen.
We headed back on the road towards Jasper and stopped off at the Maligne Canyon hike. Our friend Rachel had been recommended that when doing this hike, make sure you get to the sixth bridge. Before they headed in the direction of Whistler that evening, we stopped and had a BBQ (true aussie styles) at Pyramid Lake. If you get the chance to stop off here, do it. It was beautiful sitting under the mountain for sunset – which was at 10pm because Canadian summer and all that.
This hike is technically in Banff National Park but is actually closer to Jasper. About 10 kilometres south of the Athabasca Glacier is a trail head for Parker Ridge. It’s a surprising walk as it is only 2.5 km up but it’s all up until the last 100/200 metres. We went on a miserable day, where there was rain and fog so we weren’t expecting much. BUT it was an incredible view none-the-less. You get to look down on Saskatchewan glacier which is just as impressive as Athabasca.
Day 3 - Wilcox Pass
On the other side of the Parker Ridge (maybe 5km north) there is the Wilcox Pass hike. This is another hike that goes straight up at the beginning using good ol’ switchbacks. We stopped at the red chairs (another classic Canadian marker I found out) before it started snowing – yes – snowing in summer. It looked like it was coming in real bad, so we turned around and started our descent.
Stayed: Hostels International - Jasper (Get a private room if you can. I struggled to sleep in the busy dorm rooms)
Ate: Jasper Brewing Company YUMMY
Coffeed: Bear’s Paw Bakery – surprisingly good coffee for Canada.
No. of bears sighted in Jasper National Park: 0