Since it was founded in 1907, Jasper National Park has maintained a network of natural trails for the benefit of everyone who wants to experience the beauty of Jasper on foot. Whether you'd like to stroll a short loop or hike all day in rugged terrain, there's a trail in the park for you.
Paula offers the Columbia Icefield Adventure year round in the summer we stop at Athabasca and Sunwapta rivers: these are short walks to view the impressive waterfalls. Paula drives the van to the Icefield.
Once we arrive at the Icefield it is your choice to take the Snowcoach/Ice Explorer or join Paula as we hike to view the glacier from Wilcox Pass. We stop in the awesome Pass for a "picnic " lunch. The winter tour we stop at the frozen waterfalls and snowshoe at the Icefield.
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.
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.
The Sulfur Skyline is a hiking trail that allows for most hikers to reach a peak! The sharp mountains in the surrounding area will offer a memorable view.
The best reward comes after the hike with the visit to the hot springs. So bring your bathing suits to finish the day in luxury!
The focus of our AST program is on preparing people to make informed decisions in avalanche terrain and understand the risk they are engaging.
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.
Your guide will lead you on a unique route along the Maligne Canyon Rim to bridge #5. You will feel the spray of the waterfall and hear its roar. Expect to learn about the mysterious underground drainage system as we walk the lower portion of this fascinating gorge.
Enjoy the scenic drive past disappearing Medicine Lake. We continue up the valley to spectacular Maligne Lake. The drive to Maligne Lake can be good for spotting wildlife like: elk, bighorn sheep, moose, and bears.
Join Paula on Mount Edith Cavell tour she will drive the van to the towering mountain and back to Jasper as she will have a Parks Canada Permit to access the road. Paula has planned stops to point all things of interest as we walk to take in the mountains awesome beauty and Angel Glacier.
We may hear the glacier calve and tumble into the Pond. Allow 3 hours.
The Bald Hills, in the Maligne Valley, offers an excellent experience on a mountain accessible to even beginners. The hike itself lasts 5 to 6 hours and, from the summit, we can take in the view of magnificent Maligne Lake, a few glaciers, as well as the Queen Elizabeth Mountain Range.
This is one of Jasper’s most popular and impressive winter adventures. Your Sundog tour guide will take you to the bottom of the Maligne Canyon – the deepest accessible canyon in Jasper National Park – where you will explore frozen waterfalls, ice caves, and incredible ice formations.
You will learn about Jasper’s Maligne Valley, Karst topography, and the mystery of the “disappearing” Medicine Lake. The Maligne Canyon Icewalk Tour is a great option for anyone who does not ski or snowboard. Or if you are in for the week, get a full morning in on the slopes and than head into the Canyon for the afternoon. The Icewalk Tour covers approximately 3.5 kms (2.1 miles) and is mostly downhill. Participants are required to dress appropriately for the weather. Transportation is included and pick-ups are available from all Jasper accommodations. Please indicate your shoe size when booking as warm boots and ice cleats will be provided.
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.
Join Paula on the hike to Mount Edith Cavell Meadows; Jasper's signature hike. Paula has planned stops, so she can point out things of interest; glaciers, flowers, small mammals, history and for you to catch your breath!
She is passionate for this alpine area where she has hiked sine she was a child. We will stop for a picnic lunch across from Angel Glacier, in a wildflower meadow, it's awesome. Come enjoy this hike and gain an appreciation for this special location. Paula is always happy when she gets to hike to the meadows. Departs 9:30 am. – allow about 5 hours - 90 minutes driving, 3-3.5 hours hiking
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.
Your guide will lead you safely along the frozen canyon floor through its maze of fascinating ice sculptures. Explore the entrance to a cave system, ice caves, fossils and towering frozen waterfalls stretching over 30m up the canyon walls.
Our tread enhancing cleats and warm winter boots will help you stay warm and feel secure while walking on the ice.
A more challenging summit adventure, the trail to Opal Peak starts at Maligne Lake behind the historic Curly Philips boathouse and makes it way up through the forest to an alpine meadows.
This hike is very steep but during wildflower seasons it is worth the effort and the ocean of mountains viewed from the summit is amazing.
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!
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.
Do you only have a little bit of time in Jasper and not sure what to see and do? The Valley of the Five Lakes is a nice gradual walk that passes five different coloured lakes, it is suitable for just about everyone!
The Valley of the Five Lakes is a nice gradual walk that passes five different coloured lakes, it is suitable for just about everyone as there are loop trails ranging from 3km-9km and there is minimal elevation gain. This allows us to make each tour suitable to the group that we have. If everyone is loving it, we will do the entire 9km loop around all five lakes, if little legs on little people get tired we can make the tour a little bit shorter to keep everyone happy and still enjoy the spectacular views and the beautiful lakes.
Interpretive Walking Tours are a new product we have developed taking clients onto the lower elevation trails around the Jasper townsite and throughout the National Park.
These tours range in length from 2km to full day 15km plus walks. They are on gentle terrain and several trails can be linked together. As these are low elevation trails we are able to offer them from Mid May until Mid October.
The tours can range from 2 hours to full day tours and are suitable for families, people wanting an outdoor experience in less challenging hiking conditions and people who are visiting Jasper a little earlier or later in the season. The focus is on enjoying the experience of being in the outdoors while learning about your surroundings. These tours are appropriate for a wider range of guests
We will fly up to a basin just outside Mount Robson Provincial Park letting the helicopter do most of the hard work! We will be hiking up in the alpine onto a ridge offering views of surrounding mountains including Terry Fox and Robson.
Home made lunch will be served with tea or coffee in quite possibly the best location of your life. Then we will head to our pick up location where the helicopter will sweep us into the sky for a magnificent circumnavigation of Mount Robson. The way around will also provide us with views of Emperor Falls, Kinney Lake and Berg Lake.
The Cavell Meadows Trail is by far the most popular trail in the area. This trail gains 500 meters in altitude, and offers a panoramic view of the highest peak in the Athabasca Valley, Mount Edith Cavell. The humid environment created by this mountain creates an abundant amount of wild flowers.
The Cavell Meadows Trail is by far the most popular trail in the area. This trail gradually gains 500 meters in altitude, and offers a panoramic view of the highest peak in the Athabasca Valley, Mount Edith Cavell. The humid environment created by this mountain creates an abundant amount of wild flowers that are at their best in late July and early August. There is also an incredible view of the iconic Angel Glacier.
Perfect for people looking for a bit of a challenge but who are limited on time. Morro Peak is only 16km away from Jasper so the driving time is short, the hike itself is up a trail to the summit where you will get an outstanding view of the Athabasca River Valley and the surrounding area.
Perfect for people looking for a bit of a challenge but who are limited on time. Morro Peak is only 16km away from Jasper so the driving time is short, the hike itself is up a trail to the summit where you will get an outstanding view of the Athabasca River Valley and the surrounding area. It is less crowded then some of Jasper's other trails but it is close to the highway so although we are off the beaten track we can hear the beaten highway.
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!)
This full-day tour will have you venturing down the Icefields Parkway to the famous Columbia Ice Fields. From there, you will gear up to step onto the breathtaking Athabasca Glacier.
Walk through snow and ice while your experienced guide navigates crevasses so that you may explore the glacier and ice caves safely.
This shuttle primarily caters to those embarking on a multi-day backcountry hike along the Skyline Trail by providing one-way transportation between trailheads.
If you are hiking the trail South to North (recommended), you will start your hike at Maligne Lake. We suggest parking your vehicle at the North Skyline / Signal Mountain Trailhead which would be the end point of your hike. Our shuttle can then collect you at 9:15 am and transport you to Maligne Lake where you can begin your hike. Your car will be waiting when you finish.
For those hiking the trail in reverse, we suggest parking your vehicle at Maligne Lake (South Trailhead) which will be the ending point of your hike. Our shuttle would collect you at 10 am and transport you to North Skyline / Signal Mountain Trailhead where you can begin your hike. Your car will be waiting when you finish.
For those without a vehicle, pick-up is available from our office in Downtown Jasper. If you are planning on hiking elsewhere in the valley, pick-up or drop-off is also available at Watchtower or Jacque Lake Trailheads.
Your guide Paula will lead you on a unique route along the Maligne Canyon rim to Bridge #5. We provide Ice Cleats & hiking poles for safety while we explore the canyon's rim and it's frozen beauty.
Learn all about the mysterious underground drainage system as we walk the 5 bridges of this fascinating gorge. Paula is a professional "IGA" guide and lifetime resident of Jasper; she provides transportation in a comfortable 7 passenger mini van.