In the heart of the Canadian Rocky Mountains Jasper is surrounded by spectacularly beautiful scenery and its national park is home to an abundance of wildlife including moose, elk, caribou and bears. The nearby hot springs provide the perfect place to relax and unwind, whilst at the same time there is plenty to occupy adrenaline junkies.
Sights and Attractions
Numerous sights and attractions make a stay in Jasper, as part of a Rocky Mountaineer Rail Tour, a wonderful experience. We have listed below a few of the highlights; contact us at Rocky Mountaineer Rail Tours for further suggestions and bookings.
The true beauty of this spectacular valley can best be appreciated by a boat trip on Maligne Lake and a walk through Maligne Canyon. The lake water changes colour from green to deep turquoise and at its southern end it is framed by half a dozen glaciated peaks, whilst the gorges carved in the limestone canyon reach depths of 50m. The valley is a haven for wildlife and it is possible to spot bears, big horn sheep and elk to name a few.
The cable car climbs more than 900m to a ridge above the town offering a fantastic panorama of the surrounding river valleys and mountains.
With good visibility it is possible to see Mount Robson and an additional walk to the summit at over 2500m affording views of Mount Edith Cavell to the south.
At almost 4000m Mount Robson is the highest peak in the Canadian Rockies. Its snow capped pyramid shape is an iconic feature on the Yellowhead Pass, the main route from Jasper into British Columbia and the lowest pass on the Continental Divide.
In contrast, a twisting road climbs up to Cavell Lake and Mount Edith Cavell, on whose slopes lies Angel Glacier, which can be reached by a trail at the end of the road.
A ride on an Ice Explorer on to the Athabasca Glacier is a highlight of many Rocky Mountaineer Rail Tours.
The glacier is part of the huge Columbia Icefield which lies along the boundary of Alberta and British Columbia and whose meltwaters flow into 3 oceans, the Atlantic, Pacific and Arctic.
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