Travel to Canada
Day 5 Jasper N.P.
Jasper: Jasper National Park, established in September 1907 was designated by UNESCO as world heritage. With more than 10.878 km², is the largest park in the Canadian Rockies. It is also distinguished by host more remote corners of unspoiled nature than other parks, thus being easier to see in these places bear, moose or caribou than in any other park. The park has wide valleys, glaciers, wild rivers and over 1,200 km. of trails for hiking.
At just 12 kilometers from Jasper is the Maligne Canyon, where the river plunges into a dizzying and steep limestone gorge. You can arrive to this canyon following a marked path which explains the geological formation of the gorge. The canyon, among the most beautiful in the Rockies, has steep limestone walls that reach 50 meters and numerous waterfalls that can be enjoyed from bridges. The path descends to the bottom of the canyon has a length of about two kilometers (later to dispose). For the lazy or those who have less time, you should descend at least to the third bridge (the bridges are numbered).
Between the Maligne Canyon and Maligne Lake is the Medicine Lake. At this lake is reached by a road named Maligne Lake Drive which advances trough the valley between the mountains Maligne and Queen Elizabeth. The lake highlights for their variable water levels. In the fall is almost dry while in the spring the tumultuous waters reach Maligne River. This effect is due to the network of caves and underground channels that drain the lake. The road passes through magnificent views and has viewpoints and picnic areas overlooking the valley, finishing in the stunning Maligne Lake.
Maligne Lake, located 48 km. from Jasper, is surrounded by snowy mountains. Its 22-kilometer makes it the largest natural lake in the Rockies. Apart from the different walks offered in this area, most notably that of Mount Opal, you can rent canoes or rent fishing equipment. One of the most typical pictures is the Spirit island, located in the middle of the lake. The only way to access it is through a boat or canoe. Maligne Lake is one of the most pristine areas of the Rockies. To protect the area is not allowed, for example, bring their dogs in some areas, to preserve its wildlife from diseases, etc. Many caribou, ducks and moose inhabit the area.
At the eastern end of the park is Miette Hot Springs, the springs with the warmer water of the Rockies, and reaching a temperature of 54 degrees (although it is cooled to 40 degrees to make the water more comfortable for swimmers). The complex is open only in summer and has several restaurants, hotels, spa, massage therapy and two pools. Very close to these springs is the Pocahontas coal abandoned mine. This mine was operational at the beginning of the twentieth century until it was closed due to coal quality and falling market prices.
7 kilometers from the city is the Jasper Tramway. This funicular leads in only seven minutes the visitors to the upper station located at 2285 meters high. From this point a marked path leads to the rocky summit The Whistlers mountain of 2464 meters. If the day is clear you can see from one side all Jasper National Park, with all its lakes, glaciers to the south and northwest Mount Robson, the highest mountain in the Rockies, from 3954 meters high.