There are almost 2,000 individual campsites and 90 backcountry campgrounds in Jasper National Park. All camps are operated by Parks Canada and offer a variety of services and amenities.
To go hiking is one thing; to go backpacking is something else! Staying overnight in the backcountry will give you a sense of accomplishment like no other. The Brazeau Lake Loop is the full adventure for backpackers who have at least some backpacking experience.
The Brazeau Lake Loop is the 80 km full adventure for backpackers who have at least some backpacking experience. We will be out in the backcountry for five days, giving guests plenty of time to connect with nature and with themselves. This hike has all sorts of landscapes from sweet smelling pine forests to alpine passes to glacial lakes. It is possible to do this hike and not see any other people other than your group! Three of the four nights we are able to have campfires and all of the campsites we stay at have spectacular scenery. We will see views of glaciers, rivers, alpine meadows and The Beautiful Brazeau Lake and possibly some wildlife too. Brazeau Lake is fed by glaciers and has the stunning turquoise color that glacial lakes are renowned for. The lake keeps very cool, so after a day’s hiking you can take a quick dip in four degree water! (Or maybe just soak your feet!)
For people who just want a taste of what the backcountry has to offer, families and people with limited time; we can modify some of our longer day hikes to single overnight tours.
The focus of these trips is to give our guests a nice experience in the backcountry without having to commit to a long time line or a long distance.
Jasper welcomes ski guests from around the world to enjoy the great alpine skiing at Marmot Basin, yet few venture into the magic of the backcountry. If you are curious as to what gems lie hidden in the wilderness, let our guides show you a few of our favourites.
Private guided ski touring trips are available December 1 to March 31.
The Snake Indian Valley rafting trip is a rare experience in a breath-taking region of the Park. You’ll raft down a roaring river, hike through pine forests, meadows and see many kinds of wildlife.
Horses transport all gear and baggage so you can travel lightly, knowing that at the end of the day a comfortable camp, great meal and maybe even a cold beer await you. Leave the guiding to us and we promise to make this trip of a lifetime.
• Trip includes hiking, rafting, and the option to access the river on horseback.
• We use horses in order to access the most remote areas of the Park and to support our trips.
• Our primary destination is The Snake Indian River located in the northern region of Jasper National Park. WCO holds the only commercial permit to travel the Snake Indian River.
• This area provides not only some of the most beautiful scenery in the Rockies, but the most remote and least traveled trails and waterways.
• Most trips are three to four days, but longer custom trips are available upon request.
To go hiking is one thing; to go backpacking is something else! Staying overnight in the backcountry will give you a sense of accomplishment like no other.The Skyline Trail is the most popular multi-day hike in Jasper National Park!
Featured in The Traveller's Guide to Planet Earth and in the Lonely Planet guide books, this is the most popular multi-day hike in Jasper National Park! Over half of the trail is in alpine meadows making for stunning vistas and wonderful photo opportunities.
A 44km hike spread out over 3 days, we will leave Jasper in the morning of day one and you will be transported to the trail head about an hours drive from the town of Jasper. We will be traveling up the Maligne Lake Road, this road is one of the best places to see wildlife in Jasper National Park, an added bonus! We start the hike at Maligne Lake, and make our way up into the mountains. We will walk over passes, along ridges, and over patches of snow. The second day is the big one with 18 kms (11 miles) of distance to cover and the uphill climb of the notch, which is the highest elevation of the trip at 2510 meters (8234 feet). The top of the notch will give you incredible views of six different mountain ranges of the Rockies!!
There are no campfires allowed on this trail, but your guide will keep you supplied with hot drinks to warm you up as you relax and view the beautiful mountains, rivers, and possibly some wildlife too.
To go hiking is one thing; to go backpacking is something else! Staying overnight in the backcountry will give you a sense of accomplishment like no other. The Tonquin Valley Trail is a loop trail, filled with spectacular views that have no match and never repeat.
The Tonquin Valley Trail is a loop trail, filled with spectacular views that have no match and never repeat. One of the most scenic trails in Jasper, you’ll be amazed at every turn! This trail is challenging, with mud and mosquitoes, but the reward of watching a sunset over the Rampart Mountains is well worth it! We will start the hike on Edith Cavell Road, with views of the backside of Mount Edith. We will be camping next to Amethyst Lake which is a mystifying experience with some of the most stunning sunsets your guides have ever seen!
If you are extremely lucky you may even see the endangered Woodland Caribou grazing in the meadows. On day four we will make our way across the beautiful Maccarib Pass. The Hike finishes on Marmot Basin Road, where our shuttle will be meeting us to go back to town. If you like real challenges, stunning scenery and the chance to see wildlife choose this adventure!
This trip can be modified to be a base camp tour where we take side trips to different areas from our established base camp.
To go hiking is one thing; to go backpacking is something else! Staying overnight in the backcountry will give you a sense of accomplishment like no other. The Jacques Lake Trail is a great trail with minimal elevation gain. It is perfect for the beginner backpacker in the Rocky Mountains.
(26 km/16miles) 2 days 1 night
The Jacques Lake Trail is a wonderful trail with minimal elevation gain. It is perfect for the beginner backpacker in the Rocky Mountains. This trail offers a backcountry experience that always impresses, with only 150m of elevation gain it is a hike that most people can do that is very rewarding.
There are two summit lakes on this hike. Guests will be having lunch at the first summit lake on day one and the second summit lake on day two. These lakes are the hydrological apex of the area. For the evening we will be camping at Jacques Lake, which is a habitat for the mighty Canadian Moose and home to various types of waterfowl. We can’t guarantee wildlife sightings but we’ll definitely have a campfire with bannock (native traditional bread) baking on sticks, complimented by a hearty meal prepared by your guide.
If we are lucky enough to have a clear night we will get up to enjoy the incredible night sky in our fantastic Dark Sky Preserve. The following we will have an easy morning with a large breakfast. After we break camp we will make our way back to the trail head on Maligne Lake Road, this road is one of the best places in Jasper to see wildlife. Jacques Lake trail head is also located across from the mysterious Medicine Lake, part of one of the largest Karst systems in the world. Your knowledgeable guide will explain the wonders of this area while helping you to have a pleasant backpacking experience. All prices include permits, food, your guide, transportation and group camping equipment.
Personal gear such as backpacks, sleeping bags, and sleeping pads cost an additional $5/day/item. Prices do not include taxes.
Wild Current Outfitters has everything you need for an outfitted canoe camping trip along the shores of Hidden Cove Campground on Maligne Lake in Jasper Canada.
This is a service we provide to people that have already booked their campsites with Parks Canada. Although we would like to, we are not able to book the sites for you. Campsite booking begins in late January for the Summer season , and it's competitive process. please plan your trip and get your camp sites right away! Then give us a call! All of our standard Voyageur Canoe Packages include a routing session prior to the trip. The routing session will cover how to use the equipment that comes with this particular package, how to paddle and pack a canoe, and where to find Parks Canada designated campsites. We will even show you our favorite fishing spots. Don't forget you license!
The North Boundary Trail is a true Wilderness Experience in the backcountry of Jasper National Park. The trail is a little traveled historical border of the Northern part of Jasper.
Our permits allow us to travel a section of the trail to the feature of the Ancient Wall. We are able to alter the route and can offer hikes on this trail from 7-9 days long. This hike is entirely self supported and we require guests to have some hiking experience before joining us. Guests will have to help carry some of the food and will also be expected to help the guide with chores at camp. Some days are over 20km long with large changes in elevation.
This hike is only available in September when water levels are low and unbridged rivers can be crossed.
A modification of the classic Brazeau Loop this hike starts at Sunwapta warden station outside of Jasper and covers the main highlights on the beautiful and remote hike.
Day one is 12km long and takes us to beautiful Waterfalls Campsite where we will spend the night with a campfire. The second day is a short one of only 9.2km but after we are at camp and set up there is the option to head up Pobokton Pass before returning to camp for supper.
The third day is the long one at 19km heading up and over the Jonas Shoulder and Jonas Pass. Most of the day is in the alpine until we descend to Four Point Campground to spend our last night before making our way the last 14km over Nigel Pass to the Nigel Creek Trail head where our van will be waiting to take us back to Jasper.
With trails closer to the town of Jasper becoming more and more popular we are branching out to more quiet locations such as the Brazeau Trail.
On this hike we have the option of moving campsites everynight or staying put for both nights and doing day trip explorations near camp. The Brazeau area tends to be quieter and we can have campfires on this hike unlike on the Skyline or Tonquin.
A great trip for all skill ranges!
The focus of our AST program is on preparing people to make informed decisions in avalanche terrain and understand the risk they are engaging.