Jasper On a BudgetHow many times has a small town taken your breath away? Get ready to be awe-struck in Jasper, Canada. Located within the Jasper National Park in Alberta, Canada, this tiny town is nestled comfortably in the eastern slope of the Rocky Mountains.
With a sleepy life and dramatic mountain scenery, Jasper certainly provides visitors with a more serene experience than neighboring city, Banff.
When traveling to Jasper, remember it is within the national park and therefore requires a for entering the land. Jasper can be reached by road or train , and connections can be made from Edmonton, Banff or Vancouver.
There's no perfect time to visit Jasper. It depends on what you're looking for. Visit in the winter if you're excited for sparkling snow, dog-sledding, ice fishing, skiing and snowboarding. If you'd rather see that snow melted into glistening blue pools that are more easily accessed by foot, you'll want to stay in the summer.
SightsThe best part about visiting a town within a national park is that no matter which way you turn your head you will see something gorgeous.
One of the most unique things to see is the water of Maligne Lake. Take a trip on one of the regular boat trips to see the lake's two different water colors. That, plus the famous Spirit Island make the hour and a half trip more than worth it.
Why not see the entire town at once? The Tram Way picks you up at the base of the mountain and takes you to the peak. This ride is the longest and highest guided aerial tramway in all of Canada, and provides the most marvelous views of the six mountain ranges, glacial lakes, the Athabasca River and the entire town of Jasper.
ActivitiesBut if simply gliding along the waters of Maligne is not enough excitement for you, why not try rafting? This thrilling experience lets you see this mountain lifestyle in a new and exciting way.
If you decide to visit in the winter, though, there is still plenty for Maligne to offer. The river near Maligne Lake flows down into Medicine Lake. Over the course of the year, this water disappears into the shoreline. Walk along the bottom of this Maligne Canyon to see the frozen masses of blue ice where waterfalls fall in the summertime.
Another unique option is to pack a picnic and have your lunch among the smooth results of years of erosion. The Athabasca River flows through a narrow gorge creating smoothed walls and potholes from the sheer force of the water. Follow the paved trail to an unforgettable lunch location.
If you're the type who just wants to hit the open road, then you should rent a car and head South on the Columbia Icefield Highway. Ride along toward the neighboring city of Banff and stop at all the attractions along the way like frozen waterfalls and massive glaciers. If it's not too cold, turn that car ride into a motorcycle excursion. Jasper Motorcycle Tours offers scenic views of the city with the style and speed of a Harley Davidson.
Let's not forget Jasper's most popular attraction hiking. With over 100-kilometers of hiking trails, this area is a dream for those who love to climb and explore like the real pioneers. While some trails may be short, they can be very steep. If you're not in the greatest shape, consider letting the pups do the work. The city offers dogsledding tours as a great winter activity.
Food and DiningMany of the hotels and restaurants in Jasper will offer dining that you might expect in a small town. Just ask the locals for the best dining deals in town. Most food will be typical North American food, but be sure to try local game dishes where you can find them.
TransportationJasper does not have a public transit system, but taxis and rental cars are available. You can also rent bicycles, but getting around Jasper by foot is pretty simple, too. It's a small enough area that most places are within walking distance and not hard to find. For a quick bus ride to different destinations including Maligne Lake, hop on a guided tour.
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