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3 Days in Jasper: Suggested Itineraries

By Viator, October 2014

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With more than 4,200 square miles (10,878 sq km) of natural beauty, Jasper National Park has enough to see and do that you could spend several weeks of vacation attempting to try it all. For those who are on a more limited timeframe, we’ve compiled a three-day itinerary that will give a taste of Jasper National Park’s most popular spots while still leaving you wanting more. 

Day One
Jasper National Park is full of glacier-topped mountains, spectacular waterfalls and expansive lakes. Start your visit to Jasper by traveling on Hwy 93, known as Icefields Parkway, named one of the “10 Greatest Drives in the World” by National Geographic magazine. Jasper is “mile zero” for this route, which will take you past Sunwapta Falls and Athabasca Falls, one of the most powerful waterfalls in the Canadian Rockies. Consider taking a 9 mile (14 km) side trip to the base of Mount Edith Cavell, which offers a dramatic vertical mile view of the mountain from the parking area; views of Angel Glacier and two loop trails are also available. 

When you reach Jasper, take time to explore this turn-of-the-century railroad town and resort area. There are a multitude of hiking and biking trails to explore (take the Lake Annette loop if conditions permit) or take a tour of town in a pedi-cab. 

Day Two 
It’s time to get a bird’s-eye view of the area and map out the rest of your visit. Take the Jasper Tramway for expansive views of surrounding mountain peaks, glaciers, lakes and rivers. Take the short hike to the summit and see if you can catch a glimpse of Mount Robson to the west. The views, if not the altitude, will take your breath away. 

After the seven-minute ride back down, make your way to Maligne Canyon for a first-hand glimpse of the water’s mighty hand as it cuts its way through the bedrock. Stop to take in the view or perhaps for a short hike around magical Medicine Lake, which disappears each winter before reappearing with the spring runoff of glacial water. Past Medicine Lake lies Maligne Lake, the largest in Jasper National Park. A 90-minute boat tour will take you past Spirit Island, one of the most photographed places in the world.  

Day Three
Take the time to venture into Mount Robson Provincial Park, one of the oldest parks in British Columbia’s park system and the home of Mount Robson, the highest peak in the Canadian Rockies. There are plenty of outdoor activities to experience in the park, including caving, fishing, horseback riding, kayaking, camping and hiking. Even if you think you’re over mountains, Mount Robson is worth the visit. 

As a reward for your weekend of nature exploration, treat yourself to a soak in the Miette Hot Springs, the hottest hot springs in the Canadian Rockies. With two hot pools to soak in and a 1930s style bathhouse, you’ll be able to ease sore muscles in the therapeutic waters; sign up for a spa treatment if you require a deeper level of relaxation.

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Spirit Island Cruise on Jasper's Maligne Lake

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 14 Reviews

Soak in amazing views of the Canadian Rockies on this relaxing cruise on Jasper’s Maligne Lake. Land on iconic Spirit Island for an unforgettable nature walk ...  Read more

Location: Jasper, Canada
Duration: 90 minutes (approx.)

From USD $58.28

Jasper City Sightseeing Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 6 Reviews

Enjoy a four-hour tour encompassing the Maligne Canyon, Medicine Lake and Maligne Lake. Breathe in the fresh Canadian air, in the spectacular Rocky Mountains! ...  Read more

Location: Jasper, Canada
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $57.37

Jasper City Sightseeing Tour and Maligne Lake Cruise

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 5 Reviews

Discover picturesque Jasper before arriving at the world famous Maligne Lake. Cruise toward the south end of this postcard setting where you have the ...  Read more

Location: Jasper, Canada
Duration: 6 hours (approx.)

From USD $119.51

Columbia Icefield Tour including the Glacier Skywalk from Jasper

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 5 Reviews

Be captivated by the Columbia Icefields view Glacier-fed rivers and streams, majestic peaks, peaceful lakes and broad-reaching valleys combine to create not ...  Read more

Location: Jasper, Canada
Duration: 5 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $179.27

Jasper National Park Tour: Maligne Valley, Medicine Lake and Spirit Island

4.5 star rating: Recommended 9 Reviews

Discover Jasper National Park’s spectacular Maligne Valley on a 6-hour adventure with an expert guide. During stops at Maligne Canyon, Medicine Lake and ...  Read more

Location: Jasper, Canada
Duration: 6 hours (approx.)

From USD $59.19

5-Day Rail Tour of the Canadian Rockies: Vancouver to Jasper, Banff, Lake Louise and Kamloops Aboard the ‘Rocky Mountaineer’

4 star rating: Recommended 2 Reviews

Hop aboard the luxury Rocky Mountaineer train for an incredible 5-day, round-trip journey from Vancouver with two days aboard the Rocky Mountaineer, giving you ...  Read more

Location: Vancouver, Canada
Duration: 5 days (approx.)

From USD $2,437.30

Glacier Skywalk Admission

3.5 star rating: Worth doing 7 Reviews

Admire Jasper National Park’s spectacular beauty from the illuminating and exciting Glacier Skywalk. A 1,312-foot-long (400-meter) walkway that extends nearly ...  Read more

Location: Jasper, Canada
Duration: Varies

From USD $33.61

2-Day Rocky Mountaineer Train Journey from Vancouver to Jasper

Experience the stunning Canadian Rockies in comfort and style on this 2-day luxury Rocky Mountaineer train journey. Traveling from Vancouver to Jasper, enjoy ...  Read more

Location: Vancouver, Canada
Duration: 2 days (approx.)

From USD $1,228.28

2-Day Rocky Mountaineer Train Journey from Jasper to Vancouver

Experience the majestic Canadian Rockies in comfort and style aboard a luxury Rocky Mountaineer train. This 2-day journey from Jasper to Vancouver takes you ...  Read more

Location: Vancouver, Canada
Duration: 2 days (approx.)

From USD $1,228.28

Jasper Self-Guided Driving Tour with GPS Navigation

GyPSy Guide is the perfect tour guide for your driving holiday in western Canada. You can install it into any vehicle by simply attaching it to the windshield ...  Read more

Location: Jasper, Canada
Duration: Flexible

From USD $35.38

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