August 24, 2021 in ,

10 places to see fall colours in Jasper

Sabrina Doyle
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Written by Sabrina Doyle

Every September, Jasper empties out its pocketful of gold and if you're here during that time, get ready to be dazzled by its riches. Although it's impossible to predict exactly when the leaves will change colour (and how long they'll stick around) here are the spots within the national park that have the highest concentration of deciduous trees and shrubs.

Pyramid Bench

There's plenty of trails that criss-cross over the Pyramid Bench. Walk a few to get great views over the Athabasca Valley as well as some beautiful leaf-strewn trails.

Lake Edith

A common picnic and swimming spot in the summer, this peaceful spot is also a great place to catch some flashes of yellow.

Miette Road

Long, winding, and scenic. Also, only open for part of the year. Gold-chasers have until October 11 to drive up the road, although most of the leaves will have fallen by then. Feel free to cap off the sightseeing trip with a hike the 8km Sulphur Skyline trail for more panoramic views.

Athabasca River

The flowing thoroughfare that winds through the region isn't just a great spot to raft, canoe, or hike along. It's also a long winding opportunity for photo spot finding.

Downtown Jasper

Did you know that one of the best places to find fall colours is right in the town of Jasper? Park your car in one of the large lots along Connaught Street and take in the town from a pedestrian's view. Break it up with some retail therapy at some of Jasper's many unique local stores.

Dorothy Lake

A family friendly hidden gem, this 10-kilometre trail passes three lovely lakes. And in the fall, you can also catch more deciduous colour changes than in some of the more piney forests elsewhere in the park.

Jasper Park Lodge Golf Course

Get a hole in one or just have a casual and enjoyable day outside. The best fall colours can be found at hole 8 or 9, but each green is aligned with a beautiful mountain view.

Pyramid Lake Rd

Pyramid Lake and Pyramid Island both are iconic local landmarks of Jasper. But the road up to reach them is also a lovely trip through a forest of aspen trees.

Patricia Lake

The quieter cousin to Pyramid Lake, this lake also features golden views of Pyramid Mountain, and has a hidden gem beach to boot.

Behind Old Fort Point

Old Fort Point is a popular hike. Short and steep rewards with great panoramic views, but if you continue down the trail further, there's some deciduous forests that are lovely in autumn.

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