April 8, 2016 in ,

Jasper's Wildlife Spring to Life

Nancy Gordy
1 minute read
Written by Nancy Gordy
Main image by Kelly Hofer

With springtime comes the melting of lakes and rivers, newly blossomed flowers, and of course, the awakening of hibernating wildlife. In fact, spring is one of the best times of year to spot wildlife!

Over 50 species of mammals, including elk, moose, caribou, mountain goats, bighorn sheep, bears and wolves call Jasper National Park home in addition to a variety of birds and smaller creatures, such as pikas and marmots.

With an incredible and diverse amount of wildlife found in Jasper, your chances of spotting the true locals in spring are quite high. Wondering where the best spots to do so are? Check out our list below - and don't forget your camera!

1) The top of the Jasper SkyTram (Whistlers Mountain): Keep your eyes peeled for the Marmot's running around the rocks!

2) Highway 16 east of Jasper, as well as along the Icefields Parkway near Tangle Falls:Here you can often spot bighorn sheep.

3) Mount Edith Cavell: Although well camouflaged, if you look hard enough you may see a pika scurrying amongst the rockslides.

4) Maligne Lake: One of the best places to catch a glimpse of one of the 150 moose found within the park.

Be sure to keep in mind that wildlife such as elk can be very dangerous. In the spring, mother elk protect their newborn calves fiercely, warding off any creature that comes between them and their young.

As visitors, staying mindful and aware allows everyone the opportunity to appreciate and acknowledge the natural beauty and incredible wildlife that surrounds Jasper in the springtime!