For visitors to Canada who have a desire to experience the best of the country’s rugged wilderness areas, Jasper is the place to be. If you were curious about Jasper’s points of interest, there are many cool things to do while you’re in this mountain town that straddles the provincial line between Alberta and British Columbia.
Miette Hot Springs
One of the most popular things to do in Jasper is to take a soak in Miette Hot Springs. Located in Alberta’s Jasper National Park, this natural wonder has the hottest springs in the Canadian Rockies. Relax in the hot pools while you take in the breathtaking mountain scenery. It just doesn’t get any better than this.
Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge Golf Club
Golf vacations are all the rage these days. And what better way to unwind than by hitting the links with some of the most beautiful landscapes on the planet as a backdrop? This golf resort is part of the Fairmont Hotel and is one of the most renowned in North America and has scored number one in Canada six years in a row.
If you want to know what to do in Jasper, follow the crowd of tourists to Maligne Canyon. When you arrive, you’ll find a scenic 50-meter limestone canyon with dozens of waterfalls. Located in Jasper National Park, this canyon is eroded out of the Palliser Formation. If you’re lucky, you’ll get to see (from a safe distance) the rich and diverse wildlife of the area.
Canada is home to some of the most unique manmade and natural things in the world. The Jasper Skytram is the longest and highest aerial tramway and is 2,277 meters above sea level.
The Jasper Planetarium
If the weather outside happens to be inclement, there’s no better way to productively spend a few hours than inside the Jasper Planetarium. The skies above the Earth and space come alive in interactive exhibits. There are dark sky astronomy tours as well as telescopes to look out into the heavens. It’s a great place to bring children.
One of the key points of interest in Jasper, Athabasca Falls is situated on the upper Athabasca River about thirty miles from the town itself. There are several viewing platforms that afford spectacular views of the falls, which drop 80 feet (24 m) and have a width of 60 feet.
Mount Edith Cavell
When you get to Jasper, you may very well want to do as many others and take to the great outdoors. This mountain area has some of the best hiking and climbing trails in Western Canada that are within close proximity to a large glacier.
When it comes to cool things to do in Jasper, wildlife viewing tops the list. It is recommended that you hire an experienced guide if you intend to travel into the backcountry. Also, go with a group. You’re sure to find black, brown and grizzly bears, as well as deer, elk, mountain goats, and bighorn sheep.
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