Jasper National Park Journals

To, from and in Jasper

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A May 2010 trip to Jasper National Park by MagdaDH_AlexH

Icefields Parkway (Highway 93 North) Photo, Banff, Alberta More Photos
Quote: From Icefields Parkway to train to Kamloops.

Icefields Parkway (Highway 93 North)

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Attraction | "Wall of Ice"

Icefields Parkway (Highway 93 North) Photo, Banff, Alberta
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We return the car to Lake Louise, uneventfully after braving Rockies' roads - a doddle in comparison to Scottish single track roads, but that's probably because we are out of winter now - automatic gear boxes and alien signage systems. Back to the public transport, we get on the Brewster coach for a ride along what is supposed to be one of the "most spectacular stretches of asphalt (I think they mean tarmac :-) in America", the Icefields Parkway.And spectacular it is.We have spent almost a week in the Rockies, having travelled from Calgary to Canmore, Banff, Lake Louise, Golden and Rogers Pass. We were seriously impressed by the mountains, the lakes, the crags, the ...Read More

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Icefields Parkway (Highway 93 North)
Parallels Continental Divide
Banff, Alberta

Little Log House

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Hotel | "Great Little Log House"

Little Log House Photo, Jasper National Park, Alberta
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We stayed a night in Jasper in May 2010. As it's hard to a find a couch to surf in a very popular tourist destinations,e specially those within national parks, we settled for a private room, or rather an apartment we found not far from the center of town. The suite offered by the owners of the Little Log House occupies a top floor of an old, wooden house in Jasper. The apartment has its own entrance up external set of stairs from the back of the property and there is a little porch/balcony outside the door (good for smokers as the inside is non-smoking, and in the summer also suitable for sitting outside as there is enough room for a table and a couple of chairs). The interior is simple bu...Read More

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Little Log House
712 Patricia Street, Jasper
Jasper National Park, Alberta
1-780-852-4548

Jasper Tramway

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Attraction | "Jasper is lovely, and so is its cable car"

Jasper Tramway Photo, Jasper National Park, Alberta
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We like Jasper much more than Banff – and Banff was pretty good - for reasons not entirely clear to me. If I come back to the Rockies I would like to come back to this area (or Yoho) rather than the Banff part. Possibly it was simply the weather, or maybe the ski-culture that dominates the Banff area is hard to stomach for non-skiers? I am tempted to stay longer, but an end of our Canrail pass is near so we better get going. The train to Kamloops leaves tomorrow, so we totter to our accommodation.In the morning before the train departs we manage the Jasper Tramway.The Tramway is located a few miles out of town, but there is a shuttle bus that takes us from the main touristy dra...Read More

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Jasper Tramway
Whistler's Mountain
Jasper National Park, Alberta

On the way between Jasper and Kamloops Photo, British Columbia, Canada
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We board The Canadian for the last stretch of our cross-continent journey on a bautiful spring day in Jasper. We are going to Kamloops, nine hour away in British Columbia. The train ride from Jasper to Kamloops is another highly scenic stretch. The route climbs up quickly to the Yellowhead Pass, which is not only the the border between Alberta and British Columbia but also mark the change of time from the Mountain to the Pacific zone. The Pass, at 1,110 m, is one of the lowest points on the Great Divide. From then on it's all, at least figuratively, west and downhill. In reality, it's actually more south then west. Jasper marked the northernmost point of our whole Canadian route, quite sur...Read More

Rail journeys from Jasper

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Jasper railway Photo, Jasper National Park, Alberta
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Jasper's little heritage train station sees a veritable onslaught of trains, at least by Canadian standards, in the summer high season. Seeing the magnificence of the Rockies by train is certainly an attractive option and considering that the whole area was originally opened to visitors thanks to the development of the railways, and that tourism goes back hundred and fifty years around here, a time honoured one. The main train service that passes through Jasper is the flagship service of the ViaRail Canada, the passenger operation of Canada National – or rather, what's left of it – The Canadian. This long-distance train runs three times a week between Toronto and Vancouver all year round. ...Read More