Any of the Canadian Rockies, and most people immediately think of Banff. As the main tourist destination in the Rockies, Banff is very commercial city focused on tourism. But for those who like their Rockies a little quieter, 250 kilometers to the north of Paradise – Jasper.
July and August – the peak time for visiting Jasper, but if you are missing the cold outside & # 39; I and you like frozen lakes, you can avoid some of the tourists visiting for a few months either side. Weather & # 39; e may be accidental, therefore allows little flexibility in your plans.
Six kilometers south of Jasper is Whistler Mountain. If you visit early or late in the day, you will most likely hear the melodic sounds of whistling marmots living on the lower slopes of the mountain. Early birds can also get cheaper tickets for the gondola Whistler Mountain. The train station is 2500 meters, with spectacular views south to the Columbia Icefields, and west to Mount Robson.
For those who prefer to look at the mountains, there are many beautiful lakes near the town, all surrounded by snow topped peaks. Patricia and Pyramid Lakes, 8km north-west of the town, small and quiet. They have beaches just asking to have picnics sit on them and admire the view after a relaxing lunch. Herds of elk and deer roam the area, and if you & # 39; re very lucky, you may find coyote or black bear.
Maligne Lake is south of Jasper, and a & # 39 is the largest glacial lake fed. Elling since 1920 completes the installation of a storybook. There are some great hikes in the area, taking full advantage of the beautiful scenery.
Nearby is Maligne Canyon, a narrow crack in the rocks, filled with the roar of the water during spring floods. It is also home to a very active herd of sheep with large horns that are nowhere to jump to surprise tourists.
For those visitors who like a slow class, you can swim in the lakes Annette and Edith near town. Located approximately 1000 m, they are popular in the summer months, although it is not recommended to continue to swim in the icy waters.
After a few hard days sightseeing, go for a slow ride around 40 km towards Edmantona. The sleepy little town of Pocahontas (she, of course, there are around!) Take TurnOFF to Miette Hot Springs. Updated spa include two swimming pools, and a welcome respite for tired bodies. On the way there you may be lucky enough to see the road mountain goats, although they are likely to sit on a rock high above you.
Another great drive – route 93A, which was the original road, which was heading from Jasper towards Banff. Now stored as a scenic route, the road offers a number of interesting stops. Keep your eyes open, especially in quiet times early and late day, because here lives the wild life. Mother bears with their cubs have been seen to chew the berries right beside the road!
The aptly named "Meeting of the Waters" marks the place where the two rivers join. During the spring thaw this meeting can make for spectacular waterworks. Further along, it's worth taking the time to visit Moab Lake. A pleasant walk ends with superb manner lake located, a mountain floating in the background.
Skiers visiting in winter, of course, want to make a trip to Marmot Basin, a popular ski resort south of Jasper on 93A. But in the summer, it looks pretty much the same as any other deserted ski field, except for the breathtaking scenery.
One of the last stops before the road again arise from the main highway – Athabasca Falls. Spring rain storms, fierce water pavalvayutstsa and broken down by hundreds of smoothed boulders. The adventurous can explore further up the river, but wear shoes with a good grip.
When the time comes to leave Jasper, there are two main ways. Those who arrived by train can continue their journey either east to Edmantona, and through the Canadian plains, or west to Vancouver. This route passes through one of the most spectacular train journeys in the world, with incredible scenery in every direction.
For those traveling by car, allow plenty of time to explore the park on the way Icefields 230 km, connects Jasper to Banff, with a small circle to Lake Louise. The road goes through the valley of the Eastern mountain ranges and offers breathtaking scenery and plenty of wildlife. By the end of the day you will probably be stiff neck, which straightens up to see views.
Sunwapta Falls mounted on stocky stone terraces, and should pass a short walk to the viewing platform. Lake drink – a beautiful glacial lake, but it should only attend if snow be cleared, or soft walk up the hill can be Mamontov battle through the high snow drifts.
Another beautiful stop – it Kluchkovy waterfall. Exaggerated visitors can see here awarded a closer look at the rapid waters. The best known stop with a 39 & # Athabasca Glacier. This glacier over the years has been steadily receding, and there is marking the date, so you can see the gradual regression. You can ride in a truck on the ice, but you can just go from the parking lot. Be warned – the weather & # 39; e can change very quickly during the visit, so be prepared.
The Wailing Wall is particularly interesting after a rain or during it, when thousands of tiny waterfalls sypayutstsa of his rough edges. And for nature lovers, prone to moose, try visiting Waterfowl Lake at either end of the day. It contains a number of these huge creatures.
Parkway Aysfild continues to Lake Louise, a beautiful setting for scenes in the movie "The Bodyguard." Finally the road reaches Banff, leaving the peace and silence of the wild Jasper behind.
Familiarity with the Canadian Rocky Mountains from the & # 39 is a must for lovers of strong, mountain scenery. For those who want to experience the rocky cliffs and wildlife as close as possible, as it would be centuries ago, Jasper – an ideal base. Rocks are waiting for you.