A few weeks ago I was in a bit of a sticky wicket. The hostels in town had booked out, and my reservations had come to an end… thus I was homeless. Luckily for me I have wonderful friends. My German friend, and at this point one of the remaining travel family members, Christin, had herself a camper van and was planning on going to Jasper for the week. Naturally, she invited me to join her and her friend Robert, and I was saved a week of misery. Nights spent playing card games and drinking, and days spent hiking and taking photos – perfection.
When your campsite looks like this you know you’ve got it good…
In addition to being a welcome place to live it also turned out to be a marvellous place to adventure. Jasper is a smaller version of banff, and due to the quieter nature of the town I have to say it is in it’s own way extremely beautiful. Similar to Banff, when you say Jasper you don’t always mean the town itself as most of the best places to visit are a ways out of town (similar to Banff and Johnston Canyon etc). In our time there we were able to visit several beautiful locations (advantage to having a house that moves) and go on several wonderful hikes.
The first visit on the way to Jasper was the Icefield Parkways which is too busy for me to enjoy it. Extraordinary in sight, but underwhelming in experience. I took photos but they were crappy quality phone shots so I won’t torture you with them. Luckily, it was part of the bus tour I had booked to get myself to Jasper (Christin was already there waiting for me) and it didn’t require any extra money or much time spent.
These are the real highlights…
Wabasso Lake Hike
I will add this in before you see the beautiful images I was lucky enough to see… On this hike I have never, never ever, NEVER seen so many mosquitos. It was seriously like angry beehives that followed you around constantly. Millions upon millions of them. Repellant did nothing to deter them and we were forced to wear our winter coats (not ideal for summer hiking) to protect our bodies as they tried to rip through our pants and flew into our faces. It was actually pretty frightening to be honest. I hope I never see so many again.
Apart from that it was gorgeous!
Easily the most beautiful lake in the area so far. Which isn’t a small achievement considering the sheer beauty of everything. It’s a wonderful place to visit if you’re heading to or from Jasper, or nearby at Lake Louise. It’s incredibly busy so be ready, and be prepared to push your way through throngs of people if you want a good photo.
General Roadside Stops
Legit, this place is so gorgeous that simply driving here is enough for a photoshoot
Everyone comes to Canada to see a bear and Jasper usually delivers!
A truly wonderful place to visit!
The best way to see Jasper is by your own vehicle whether that be van or car. The other options are buses that run from Calgary and Banff but they limit what you can see once you arrive in the town itself. I highly recommend you rent a car and see it all yourself, you won’t regret it.