September 17, 2021

venture beyond

The perfect two-day Jasper itinerary, according to Estelle Blanchette

Sabrina Doyle
2 minute read
Written by Sabrina Doyle

Like many outdoor enthusiasts, Estelle Blanchette cares about food. It’s fuel on long hikes, warmth on cold days, and joy shared with campmates. In the fifth episode of Venture Beyond: The Series, this culinary innovator tells her story.

Take a page out of Estelle's cookbook with this guide to an active, delicious two days in Jasper.

Day 1

Morning - Rock Climbing with Rockaboo

When she's not cooking, there's a decent chance that you'll find Estelle scaling a steep rock face. Find your own cliff to climb with the excellent (and beginner-friendly!) guidedrock-climbing experiences at Rockaboo Mountain Adventures.

Afternoon - Downtown Foodie Tour

Eat, drink and be merry on the Downtown Foodie Tour from 2:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. The tour visits four different restaurants in Jasper, with surprise dishes at each. Local insight and storytelling is included along the way!

Evening - Fireside Chat

Finish your first day with a unique Fireside Chat by the talented Indigenous Knowledge Keeper Matricia Bauer. Through her company Warrior Women, she delivers stunning performances with singing, drumming, storytelling, and interactive discussion.

Day 2

Morning - Maligne Canyon (and more)

Grab a tasty breakfast at Wicked Cup. Rent some e-bikes with SunDog Tour Co. and bike to Maligne Canyon to check out bridges 1 & 2 on this geological marvel before carrying on to Lake Edith and Lake Annette. Before pedaling back to town, stop at the Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge for lunch and a cocktail over Lac Beauvert.

Afternoon - Sightseeing Mount Edith Cavell and Athabasca Falls

Drive to Mount Edith Cavell (note: the steep, winding road that leads to the trailhead closes for the winter on October 15) to hike the Path of the Glacier, then descend back down to the Icefields Parkway to check out Athabasca Falls before returning to town.

Evening - Pyramid Lake Canoe

Finish your getaway by renting a canoe at the scenic Pyramid Lake. Estelle likes to pack some firewood, a cooler of full goodies, some nice drinks and a fishing rod and paddle out for an evening of food and fun while catching the sunset over Mount Pyramid.