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EXPERIENCE JASPER YOUR WAY:
6 AWESOME SUMMER ADVENTURE IDEAS

By Tera Swanson

What does adventure mean to you? Whether you like to go with the flow, seek a thrill or look to maximize your experiences, one of the best things about adventure is that there is no such thing as “one-size-fits-all.” No matter where you fall on that spectrum, Jasper has got you well covered. As an epicentre of endless activities, it can be hard to sort out where to get started, so we’ve planned out a few simple itineraries to best suit your style (but feel free to pick and choose from the bunch!)


 

A kayaker on Maligne Lake. Photo Parks Canada/Ryan Bray.

A kayaker on Maligne Lake. Photo Parks Canada/Ryan Bray.

THE ADMIRER

Your adventure style:

You take time to smell the Alberta wild roses, and are content observing the world around you in thoughtful contemplation. Mother Nature is best appreciated when you’re enjoying the ride, so taking things calmly and absorbing the details is key to your adventure style.

Taking a photo of Spirit Island on Maligne Lake. Photo courtesy Parks Canada.

Taking a photo of Spirit Island on Maligne Lake. Photo courtesy Parks Canada.

Jasper Experiences for you:

Wildlife, Wild Skies and Planetarium Tour:

Get up-close from the ground up and beyond. Guides will take you out to observe wildlife that call Jasper National Park home, followed by a trip to the Jasper Planetarium, where you’ll meet with a real astronomer and look through the largest telescope in the Rockies, not the typical home set up, even if you’re lucky and have one of the best telescopes under $500 at home, this will blow your socks off.

Maligne Lake Through the Lens Tour:

Maligne Lake Boat Tours are a signature Jasper experience, and Spirit Island is one of the most photographed attractions in the area. Perfect your own souvenir snapshot to take home with the guidance of a professional photographer, while enjoying wine and cheese on board. The finer things in life don’t get much better than that.

Come back in the Fall with your honed-in photographer’s eye to capture the stars at Jasper’s very own Dark Sky Festival, and take part in several talks and events throughout the week.

THE THRILL JUNKIE

Your adventure style:

Toeing knife-edge ridgelines, catching huge air, hucking cliffs – you name it, you’re up for it. You view your outdoor experiences as a challenge, whether with your companions or by achieving a new personal best.

Whitewater rafting in Jasper. Photo courtesy Tourism Jasper.

Whitewater rafting in Jasper. Photo courtesy Tourism Jasper.

Jasper Experiences for you:

Heli Backcountry Hiking:

This experience is for seasoned hikers looking to take their backcountry exploration to the next level – amidst untouched wilderness in the Icefields. With a guide navigating you through the trails, you’ll find yourself at one with the wilderness, miles away from other hikers.

White Water Rafting:

The Fraser River will deliver your adrenaline kick, with Class III + rapids sending you downstream amidst steep canyon walls and salmon sharing the turbulence. Have little ones in tow? Try out the family-friendly Class II+ Canyon Run, starting at Athabasca Falls.

THE IMMERSIVE TRAVELLER

Your adventure style:

You’ll try everything once, but prefer to make the most of your travel time by going off the beaten path. While not fond of trophy-hunting for the classic Instagram shots, you will always make the extra effort to discover more layers of your destination.

Jasper Motorcycle Tours. Photo courtesy Tourism Jasper.

Jasper Motorcycle Tours. Photo courtesy Tourism Jasper.

Jasper Experiences for you:

Jasper Dive Adventures:

Scuba-diving and the mountains may not seem to go hand-in-hand, but the combo is more common than you think! Certified PADI Scuba Dive Instructors will take you to the depths of Patricia Lake, and offer certification in learning the ropes yourself. The best part? Once certified, you can take a guided tour to a WWII Wreck named Project Habbukuk.

Jasper Motorcycle Tours – Columbia Icefield Parkway Tour in a Sidecar:

If you’ve ever driven past a motorcycle and sidecar and tried to picture yourself in the passenger seat, this is your chance! Paired with an ever-changing backdrop touring the Icefields Parkway, this adventure is an experience that can’t be beat.
 


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Jasper is your base of adventure: an awe-inspiring and authentic Rocky Mountain destination – the entry point to Canada’s most epic experiences. It is from here that the greatest personal expeditions begin; where explorers and wanderers from around the world converge to enjoy the activities, accommodations, restaurants, and businesses of the town of Jasper, before taking on the real Canadian Rockies of Jasper National Park.

Welcome those prepared to Venture Beyond. How far are you willing to go?  Facebook I Twitter I Instagram