Friday, May 27, 2011

National Park Profile: Jasper

Photo © Parks Canada
Jasper is the largest and most northerly national park in Canada's Rocky Mountains, and is part of a spectacular World Heritage Site. In this special corner of the country, you can experience Athabasca Glacier up close, resign yourself to a relaxing soak in the Miette Hotsprings, ride the rapids on a white water rafting adventure or connect with nature along 1,000-plus kilometres of trails.

  • Walk on the largest ice field in the Canadian Rockies
Take a tour on the icy slopes of the glacier in an Ice Explorer. You'll be fascinated with all there is to know about ancient ice - some of it that was formed about 400 years ago!

  • Laze away your day at the Miette Hot Springs
Who doesn't want to lounge in the hottest mineral springs in the Rockies? In addition to two hot pools, a cool poolside shower and a cafe and gift shop, you can hike the interpretive trail to see where the hot springs come from. Keep your eyes open - this is an excellent place to see big horn sheep, black bear and deer.

  • Get ready for the adventure of a lifetime white water rafting
Are you ready for the adventure of a lifetime? If so, then hang on. This white water rafting trip on the Athabasca River will take you through many small sets of rapids and also some calm stretches (for those less daring). Get ready 'cause it's about a 2 1/2 hour trip.

Find out more about each of these great activities through the Jasper National Park My Parks Pass location page

Plus, Jasper is the destination for the grand prize trip in our Canada's Ultimate Family Adventure contest. If you, or your Grade 8 / Secondary 2 son or daughter, have your pass just flip it over and enter your V.I.P. Code for a chance to win. But you'd better hurry - the contest closes on May 31!