Jasper National Park Journals

Jasper: Adventures in Wild Rose Country

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A June 2005 trip to Jasper National Park by Idler

Jasper resident Photo, Jasper National Park, Alberta More Photos
Quote: For its winning combination of stunning mountain scenery and variety of outdoor pursuits, few places can match Jasper.

Jasper: Adventures in Wild Rose Country

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Overview

Athabasca Falls Photo, Jasper National Park, Alberta
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Quieter than its better-known and more posh neighbor, Banff, the Jasper town site has an unpretentious small-town charm that makes it an appealing base. I’d been sold on the idea of visiting since hearing about Jasper from an Edmonton-based friend, John McLay, author of On Mountaintop Rock, a novel inspired by his Jasper childhood. With John’s advice and Canadian Rockies journals such as those of lovestogo as further inspiration, I began hatching plans for our Jasper getaway. Staying just outside of town on lovely Patricia Lake was in itself a ...Read More

Patricia Lake Bungalows

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Hotel

Patricia Lake Bungalows Photo, Jasper National Park, Alberta
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I have cabin fever – that is to say, whenever the opportunity presents itself, I stay in a cabin. Naturally, when I researched accommodations in Jasper, I focused on cabins. I selected Patricia Lake Bungalows on the strength of its being the #1 rated place on TripAdvisor. Plus, the website for the bungalows presented tantalizing photos of tidy cabins, beautiful surroundings, and liberal use of words "peaceful," "beautiful," and "quiet." Add to that the fact that a friend who grew up in Jasper gave the place a thumbs-up, and I reckoned I’d picked a winner. Had I? ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 16, 2005

Patricia Lake Bungalows
Box 657
Jasper National Park, Alberta T0E 1E0
(780) 852-3560

Denjiro Japanese Restaurant

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Restaurant

Denjiro Japanese Restaurant Photo, Jasper National Park, Alberta
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If we were pleased to find a Japanese restaurant in the heart of the Canadian Rockies, we were even more pleased to be ushered into a traditional-style Japanese dining room, complete with shoes-off private enclosures and sushi chefs hard at work behind a counter area. Seating ourselves on stools before the counter, we hunkered down to the serious work of perusing the menu. Denjiro’s menu is admirably wide-ranging, with all the staples of a sushi restaurant, plus a good number of hot-pot (shabu-shabu) dishes and a broad-ranging selection of appetizers. My son opted for the sushi-centered combo menu, which featured a large bento box with portions of sashimi, teriyaki, tempura, ve...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on August 16, 2005

Denjiro Japanese Restaurant
4120 Connaught Drive
Jasper National Park, Alberta
(780) 852-3780

Pyramid Riding Stables

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Attraction

Pyramid Riding Stables Photo, Jasper National Park, Alberta
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One of my favorite things to do while on vacation – or at home, come to think of it - is to get up fairly early and go out for a horseback ride. As luck would have it, Pyramid Riding Stables was just 5 minutes from where we were staying outside Jasper and offered 1-, 2-, or 3-hour rides. We’d been plagued with a series of rainy days while in Canada, but when I learned that the following day was forecast to be sunny, I made sure to get up early so that I could call the stables at 7:30am and make arrangements for my husband and I to do a 2-hour ride at 9am.The tidy stable was set among tall pines not far from Patricia Lake. Beh...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on August 16, 2005

Pyramid Riding Stables
P.O. Box 1200
Jasper National Park, Alberta
(780) 852-7433

Whitewater Rafting Jasper, Ltd.

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Attraction

Whitewater Rafting Jasper, Ltd. Photo, Jasper National Park, Alberta
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Whitewater rafting on our summer vacations has become something of a family tradition, but we’ve gotten pickier as we’ve progressed. Our 15-year-old son, for instance, was perfectly content on a quiet float along the Rio Grande a few years ago, but when we started looking into rafting trips in Jasper, he loftily informed us that he wasn’t interested in trips geared toward "kids."Happily, we found a trip that proved one of the most engaging whitewater experiences we’ve had. After looking over various brochures and talking with people from several companies, we booked a trip with Whitewater Rafting Jasper, Ltd., a long-establi...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on August 16, 2005

Whitewater Rafting Jasper, Ltd.
P.O. Box 362
Jasper National Park, Alberta T0E 1E0
(780) 852-7238

Maligne Lake Photo, Jasper National Park, Alberta
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Without a doubt, Jasper offers some of the finest hiking in Canada, much of it close to the town and surprisingly accessible. From easy strolls to downhill scrambles, the trails we explored provided some of the most memorable moments of our trip. Route markers provided by local clubs and trail stewards also make it relatively easy to navigate Jasper’s interconnecting trails. Maligne Lake TrailMaligne (pronounced "ma-LEAN") Lake is the largest natural lake in the Canadian Rockies, and the backdrop of snow-capped mountains reflected in its crystalline waters is surely one of the most-photographed views in the park. Busloads of tourists decamp at the visitor center near the nort...Read More

Jump Right In

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Story/Tip

Cliff jumping at Horseshoe Lake Photo, Jasper National Park, Alberta
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Most visitors to Banff and Jasper National Parks learn that striking color of the lakes and rivers comes from fine particles of glacial silt suspended in the water that absorb all colors from incoming sunlight except green and blue, causing the striking turquoise color the lakes are famous for.However, glacier-fed lakes are also dauntingly cold. Amazingly, there’s a perverse subset of people who enjoy plunging into frigid waters – the members of Polar Bear clubs, for example, not to mention those folk from northern climes who enjoy beating each other with birch boughs in the sauna prior to dashing outside to roll in the snow.On this latest vacation, much to my dismay, I learne...Read More