On our drive North to Alaska – meeting up with a Caravan (paid – not a group of fellow RVers who we already know…) we worked our way through the Southern Canadian Rockies. We are really glad we had the time to stop in this great part of Canada, specifically Jasper National Park.
After a visit to Banff, we drove up the spectacular (and June snowy!) Ice Field Parkway to Jasper National Park. The ride was very pretty and dramatic – especially since we hit snow flurries on our trip North. We circled back to the Icefield Center and took a ride on one of the All-Terrain Ice Explorers that can take a 34% grade on the Columbia Glacier.
We could hardy see in front of us as the snow was really coming down!
The visibility was low the day we visited. This is an easy RV stop on the IceFields Parkway – a big parking lot for your use. Shown below the Ice Machines – not Canadian RVs.
The Parks Department recently added this sky walk (below) overlooking the Icefield Valley – with a see-thru floor.
All part of the Ice Field experience.
Jasper seems to be a little less touristy and not as packed with visitors as it’s southern neighbor, Banff. Equally scenic! Lots of friendly locals who are happy to see you and discuss US Politics and the Presidential campaign.
Another great information Center – like many Canadian towns – with friendly staff with much useful info –
Town folk (above) enjoying a (somewhat) sunny day.
A recommendation from a Ranger at the information Center – the “Dead Animal Room” (her words, not mine! swear!) at the Athabasca Hotel Bar (shown above). Not only was the bar scenery interesting, the Internet was smoking hot! all for the price of a few cocktails. By the time we left town, the folks here knew our order before we even sat down at the Bar. Nice!
While we had expected to enjoy Banff, as it might be more well-known as a beautiful spot, we equally enjoyed Jasper.
The hiking in Jasper was also spectacular. We hiked the trail of the Five lakes – all bright blue/green water (think the Caribbean) surrounded by mountain peaks. Caused by the clear Glacier Water and the Rock Flour runoff from the Mountains.
There were many hiking trails to use – all nicely rated green, blue, black, double black – like your favorite ski slope.
This is our carefully selected RV site. Hand-picked by me – with lots to choose from. And what do I choose? The site closest to the dump station. Just because I could!
it really was not a problem, but after combing over pictures, reading reviews – you think I could choose a better site. Nope! Not me!
Our last night in the Jasper area, we visited the Fairmont Hotel and got a nice sunset view (below) with our dinner. The bartender at the local brew pub made our reservation. The folks here really ARE nice!
If you do get a chance to visit, we would recommend a stop at the Info Center, the Athabasca Hotel for your Internet needs and a stay at the Whistler’s Campground. All Good! and of course take advantage of the many great hiking opportunities.