Among the most powerful and breathtaking falls in the Rocky Mountains, The Athabasca River thunders through a narrow gorge where the walls have been smoothed and potholes are created by the sheer force of the rushing water carrying sand and rock. In the winter, there are track-set cross-country skiing trails nearby. In the summer this is also a starting point for whitewater rafting which takes you down some scenic sights only accessible by water craft.
- Located 30 km (18 miles) from The Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge
- Open year-round
Located on The Icefields Parkway, rated one of the worlds most scenic drives. This is the largest icefield south of Alaska, shimmering glacial ice and snow cover some 389 sq. km. An exciting 55 minute Snowcoach Tour will take you out onto the Athabasca Glacier, a tongue of the Columbia Icefield, for an awe-inspiring glimpse of icy crevasses and ice-fed streamlets. Or, join a guided Glacier ice-walk and visit the Icefields Interpretive Center for informative exhibits and slide shows.
- Located 105 km (63 miles) from The Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge
- Open from May to October
- Visit Brewster for more information
Located just 12 minutes west of The Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge resort, we invite you to discover Jasper on your next Rocky Mountain vacation.
Lac Beauvert is located on the property of The Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge and offers canoeing, transparent kayaking and paddle boating in the summer and ice skating in the winter.
One of the most spectacular gorges in the Canadian Rockies, sheer limestone walls plunge to depths of over 50 metres (165 ft). An interpretive trail winds its way from the picnic area across six bridges where you can catch the spray from the thundering Maligne River, or peer into the mossy depths. In winter, try your hand at a guided Canyon Tour across the floor of the frozen canyon. This is a sight you'll not want to miss!
- 11 km (7 miles) from The Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge
- Open year-round
Enjoy cruises, boating, trout fishing and hiking in the spring and cross-country skiing in the winter.
- Services available from mid-May to mid-October
- Located 42 miles from The Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge
Ski Marmot Basin
Marmot Ski Basin is Jasper's ski hill with more than 1,000 acres of skiable terrain. Marmot offers skiing for everyone from the earliest beginner to the most demanding expert. Along with 70 named trails, uncrowded groomed slopes, superb facilities, there is lots and lots of that white stuff that makes skiing at Marmot so great.
Miette Hot Springs
Well-known to natives and hugely popular with Europeans in the early 20th century, these springs are the hottest in the Rockies. Today, they are cooled to approximately 100 degrees to make them bearable to bathers. The original pools were constructed during the Depression but were completely rebuilt in 1986 to make them more efficient and appealing. In the vicinity of the springs are hiking trails, picnic sites, and opportunities to see local wildlife. A nearby lodge makes food and drinks available, and towels and swimsuits can be rented daily, as can lockers.
- Located 35 miles (57 km) east of The Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge
- Open mid-May to mid-October
- Single swim $6.00; family pass $18.00
Rocky Mountain Rail Tours
Experience the romance of rail travel aboard the exciting Rocky Mountaineer. This 2-day daylight tour travels through more than 600 miles of wonderful scenery along the legendary rail routes of Western Canada.
- For fares or package information, please call 1(800) 665-7245
Boasting some of the best views in the Rockies, this tramway delivers on its promise. You'll gaze out on lakes, mountains, glaciers, and the town itself from a vantage point of more than 7,400 feet above sea level. The ride, in a 30-person car, lasts seven minutes and is narrated by informative guides. When you arrive at the summit, you're free to wander along the boardwalk or hike in the area, also accompanied by a guide, if you'd like. Trees don't grow this high, but there's low vegetation and an assortment of wildlife, including the small mammals (hoary marmots) known as 'whislters' for which the mountain was named. A restaurant and gift shop are available.
- Located 15 kilometers southwest of The Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge
- Open April to October
- Adult $20.00
- Child (age 5 - 14) $10.00
- Child (under 5) Free
Pyramid Lake and Patricia Lake
These two lakes, which lie in close proximity to each other, are located only five miles outside of town. Their scenic beauty attract visitors, who come to explore the shores and enjoy the waters. Pyramid is one of the few national parks lakes that permits motor boats, so in addition to fishing, windsurfing, and sailing, it's available for water skiing as well. It also contains a small island where you can catch views of Pyramid Mountain in the distance, and ice skating is available in the winter. Patricia Lake, named for one of Queen Victoria's granddaughters, welcomes canoeing and fishing, plus picnicking along its shores. Scuba divers also come to visit the remains of an abandoned WWII-era project, which attempted to construct an unsinkable aircraft carrier from ice. It now lies on the lake floor.
Mt. Edith Cavell
The imposing, easily-recognizable peak is one of the park's best-loved landmarks. Named for a British nurse who was executed for helping prisoners escape during WWI, the mountain was known as the 'White Ghost' to the Native Americans. The road leading up the mountain is steep and is often closed in winter. At its end is a picnic area with hiking opportunities. The Path of the Glacier Trail leads visitors around the area, granting views of Angel Glacier and other sights. Another trail leads to Cavell Meadows, which has high-altitude, fragile flowers and vegetation. A nearby lake also provides great photo opportunities. The mountain is a 40-minute drive from Jasper.