A Holiday Travel Blog

Jasper

Getting There via the Icefields Parkway...

 

 

 

This is an epic road trip with incredible views at every turn! Our first stop was Peyto Lake which is absolutely stunning and just a short walk from the car park gives you amazing views of the bright turquoise lake. We then  entered the Colombia Icefield where there are 8 glaciers. There is a visitors centre and a skywalk (glass platform) - this looked so busy that we didn't bother stopping but instead did a 5km walk up to Parker's Ridge - it was incredibly windy on top - but you had views across a number of gorgeous glaciers. 

The next stop was Athabasca Glacier - you could walk up really close to the tongue and you can book to do glacier walks on it or take a tour on a bus/truck! As you continue your journey into Jasper you also pass Suwapta and Athabasca falls and Horeshoe Lak which are all worth visiting. 

Day 1

We set our alarms early to head out to Maligne Lake - hoping to see some wildlife on the way - but we only managed a swift fox! Maligne Lake is huge and we arrived in time to just see the early morning sun hitting the water. From there we did two short trails - Moose Lake Loop and Mary Schaffer Loop. Our next stop was Medicine Lake (which disappears in October and re-appears in Spring - this is crazy considering its size!) Here we got to see a golden eagle! We continued to Maligne Canyon which was brilliant and you could do a nice walk along the canyons and back. We made short stops at Edith and Annette Lakes before heading to do the 5.5km Overloop Loop with amazing views to Pyramid and Patricia Lakes and more red chairs! On the way we saw the best elk we'd seen so far! 

Day 2

 

 

We completed the Sulphur Skyline Trail - it was a relentless, steady uphill climb - but led to incredible views from the top and what felt like quite different scenery to what we had seen before! On the sign at the bottom it said 4-6 hours but we actually completed it in under 3! We saw a black bear from a far too! 

Driving to Kamloops...

On the drive to Kamloops we made a detour to Wells Grey Provincial Park to see 3 waterfalls, Dawson Falls - a really wide, but not very high waterfall. Hemlecken - Canada's 4th highest and one of my favourites of the holiday and Spahats Falls which didn't have a huge waterflow but was awesome anyway!