Jasper National Park is the largest and most northerly of the four Canadian Rockies parks. The town itself has been described as a small drinking town with a train problem, but it is in fact a hub for so much natural discovery. Jasper is very isolated (the closest major airport is four hours away) and the park has become a major Dark Sky preserve, ideal for stargazing and even enjoying the Northern Lights. Over time, Jasper has developed into a four-season destination and remains an important rail hub for Canadian National. Even the famous cross-Canada Via trains pass through Jasper.
Jasper is home to many mountains, with interpretive guides and walks available for all levels and interests. Evening walks are popular for spotting wildlife and interpreting the stars, and walks can be planned for just a few hours or even for several days in the wild. At certain times of the year, there are colorful eruptions of flowers on the mountain meadows. Walking with a guide is an excellent idea due to the bears and other wildlife that reside in the area, and you will also benefit from their extensive local insider knowledge of the area.
Located on Whistler Mountain, just outside the center of town, this tramway has two large cabins, rather than many small pods. Jasper Tramway takes visitors above the tree line on the mountain, past sweeping views of the Athabasca Valley and the Yellowhead Pass. It is the highest and longest guided aerial tramway in Canada. It goes to a height of 2,263 meters above sea level with a travel time of 7.5 minutes. While it may be tempting to enjoy the scenery from the comfort of the tramway, It is well worth spending time walking the trails atop the mountain, before riding back towards town.