If you’re looking to find wellness in Jasper National Park, you couldn’t find a better guide than Stephanie Sophocleous. The general manager of Tekarra Lodge discovered yoga years ago, and combined with time out in nature with her dogs and lovely husband, has learned to find more peace within her body after years of dealing with a difficult medical diagnosis. Here, she shares her ideal two days in Jasper.
Get more of Stephanie’s story in the ninth episode of Venture Beyond: The Series.
Morning – Yoga and Hike
The best days start with some morning yoga. Whether she’s working things out on her own mat or teaching a class, it’s good to greet the sun with a yoga session. Stephanie recommends following it up with a gentle sweat featuring beautiful views: hike the short but steep trail up Old Fort Point for a panoramic outlook over surrounding mountain ranges and the town of Jasper.
Afternoon - Paddle Boarding
While away the afternoon on the water. If you have your own Stand-Paddleboard then almost any lake is great, but rental options are also available at select lakes. It can be as relaxing as you want, or as much of a workout as you’re up for. You can even follow in Stephanie’s very balanced footsteps and do yoga on your board!
Fireside chat and s’mores at Tekarra Lodge
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.
Morning – Pick up coffee
Fuel up for an active day out in the park by picking up coffee and breakfast from one of Jasper’s charming local java joints. If you’ve got a few extra minutes, take the time to just stroll through the downtown streets; the town of Jasper has lots of unique shops and cool new murals to discover.
Afternoon - Hike Sulphur Skyline
One of Stephanie’s favourite hikes is the Sulphur Skyline. Located about an hour’s drive outside town, this hike is around 8 kilometers long and takes you to jaw-dropping views over the mountains. Follow it up with a soak in the Miette Hot Springs, tucked conveniently at the trailhead!
Evening - Dinner at Evil Dave’s Grill
Finally, relax and rehash the day over a sumptuous meal at Evil Dave’s Grill. This fun and funky restaurant serves creative, globally inspired fare along with specialty cocktails & wine. Their new location also features a gorgeous patio for diners eager to eat al fresco.