Jasper things to do
Jasper Ice Fields
Discover the power of nature on the Columbia Icefield Adventure—the must-do experience in the Canadian Rockies. At the heart of the incredible Icefields Parkway is one of the largest non-polar ice fields in the world. Here, you’ll travel on a massive Ice Explorer to a place where you can walk on, feel and drink from the Athabasca Glacier.
*TIP* - Tours fill up quickly.... Book in advance to secure your reservation and receive 10% off. When purchasing tickets you can either get the Icefield adventures and Skywalk adventure, OR just the Skywalk adventure. Don't do just the Skywalk or you will be disappointed.
*TIP* - DRESS WARM
Maligne Canyon & Maligne Lake
One of the coolest things about driving through Jasper National Park is seeing how blue the water is. Every few minutes you can find a new view with the bluest waters. Pull over and take some pictures! One of the best views is the Maligne Canyon (right) and Maligne Lake. The canyon measures over 50 meters deep. Popular for sightseeing and exploration, the area contains waterfalls, underground stream outlets, birds and plant life.
*TIP* if youre going during the winter get warm clothes and good hiking boots.
Banff National Park
Banff is a resort town in the province of Alberta, located within Banff National Park. The peaks of Mt. Rundle and Mt. Cascade, part of the Rocky Mountains, dominate its skyline. On Banff Avenue, the main thoroughfare, boutiques and restaurants mix with château-style hotels and souvenir shops. The surrounding 6,500 square kilometers of parkland are home to wildlife including elk and grizzly bears.
Largely known for its turquoise, glacier-fed lake ringed by high peaks and overlooked by a stately chateau. This is a must see!
*TIP* get to the park extremely early as it gets very busy in the afternoon and parking can't be found.
Unfortunelty, when we arrived in Banff it was already extremely busy and they had closed Lake Moraine due to too many people already being there. I'd suggest either doing a tour or getting to the Lake as early as possible then doing everything after.
*TIP* - if possible go during the sunniest time and day. The sunnier it is the bluer the water
Going into downtown Banff is a must! It's a small town with a few rows of shops with beautiful mountains in the background. Most shops have the same clothing but different pricing so don't purchase your items until you see it all. Check out where the best places to eat are with the best patios! A lot of the pubs downtown have nice rooftop patios and can give you the best experience.
While in downtown make sure you go to "Cows Lick" ice cream! Amazing but pricey.