The Most Beautiful Trails in Jasper, Canada

Jasper National Park is home to many trails that end with sweeping vistas
Jasper National Park is home to many trails that end with sweeping vistas | © Marshall Ikonography / Alamy Stock Photo
Photo of Patrick Twomey
10 July 2020

Jasper National Park is vast, beautiful and generally quite dry. There are hiking trails throughout the park, from easy day hikes to multi-day treks, but do be aware that the area is wild and home to many bears. Parks Canada has a clear expectation (and official rules) about not leaving any trash and being prepared with bear spray. For longer hikes, always pack water and snacks, and plan for changes in the weather. Sunglasses, hats and sunscreen are highly recommended, while cleats are very useful during winter.

Jasper House

Hiking Trail, Historical Landmark
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About 30 minutes east of Jasper townsite, this short interpretive walk is flat and easy, with plaques and storyboards that give the history of the trading fort. Jasper House was strategically established as an access point for the Yellowhead Trail. Why is it called the Yellowhead Trail? Because it’s where the indigenous people met blond people for the first time. The 3mi (4.8km) Jasper House walk will take around an hour to complete.

Old Fort Point

Natural Feature
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View of Athabasca river and Whistlers mountain from Old Fort Point, near Jasper, Alberta Canada.. Image shot 2008. Exact date unknown.
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An easy walk from town, Old Fort Point is a large hill beside the Athabasca River. Only ever cross the rail tracks that are a designated crossing (or you may be fined). The walk to the base of Old Fort Point is flat, and over 80 steps lead up to a lovely view over the river, where you can watch rafters floating by. Farther up, you may meet bighorn sheep, and there is a marked loop trail down the back.

Pyramid Lake

Architectural Landmark
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early morning light on Pyramid mountain, Pyramid Lake, Jasper National Park, Alberta, Canada
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Up the road behind Jasper, Pyramid Lake is where residents play year-round. There are numerous short walks and a small island connected to a wooden bridge. The area can be a little too busy on summer weekends, but it’s otherwise a must-visit. In summer, go as early as possible to enjoy perfect reflections, and in winter, make sure to walk out on the ice.

These recommendations were updated on July 10, 2020 to keep your travel plans fresh.

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