Jasper National Park is one of the most popular parks and also the largest park of Western Canada. 11,000 km² of peace, space, wilderness and stunning rugged nature. Unfortunately for us, during the two days we stayed here it was raining cats and dogs 75% of the time. This meant we could say goodbye to all our plans and especially to our hiking plans. Mount Edith Cavell was closed, at Pyramid Lake it was raining so hard that we could not get out of the car, at Maligne Lake the weather started to change abruptly and when we drove to the Miette Hotsprings it started to rain heavily upon our arrival. The weather gods weren’t so nice to us these few days but that didn’t stop us from having a good time.
Anyone who has read my other blogs about Western Canada will probably believe that we have had nothing but sunshine during our roadtrip but I have to disappoint you! In the Rocky Mountains and especially in Jasper the weather was unpredictable and impetuous. We have spent much of our time in the car and between the rain showers we ventured out and about. We still saw plenty of beautiful things. Cloudy and rainy weather doesn’t necessarily make a place less beautiful. The threatening clouds made this area look even more rugged. Here is an impression of what we saw in this wonderful park.
We hiked the Valley of The Five Lakes Trail, visited Maligne Lake, Medicine Lake and Lake Beauvert.
Jasper National Park is an abundance of wildlife. Both in remote places and literally on and along the road. Animals that do not seem to be worrying about civilization. You can easily imagine this area without roads and go back to an era in which these animals were still king of this wilderness. Actually, animals are still king here. Despite the existing roads it looked like humans and animals live in harmony with each other here. At least humans seem to care about them. For example, some areas are closed to public for protection of the park and animals are given the space and tranquility they need.
In spite of the bad weather, nature was beautiful in Jasper. When we went to Miette Hotsprings we drove past Jasper Lake. The road to Maligne Lake is also magnificent.
Old Fort Loop
The Old Fort Loop is a relatively easy hike through the forest with a number of steep sections. You can do this hike clockwise or vice versa. By choosing the first option you walk to the Old Fort through the forest and gradually climb to the summit. The trail goes back down through an open forest and a staircase that leads you to the starting point. The second option begins with a steep stair climb and a trail in open forest and goes back through the forest.
If you keep a good pace two hours are enough to hike the loop. At the top you can enjoy a magnificent view of the Athabasca River, Lac Beauvert and Jasper. During the hike you’ll find a number of other viewpoints on Jasper National Park.
Jasper disappointed me due to the bad weather but at the same time greatly surprised me thanks to the beautiful nature. One thing is for sure, I’ll come back to explore Jasper and surroundings more extensively and I will definitely ask for some sunshine!
Has inclement weather also thrown a spanner in the works when you just visited that one beautiful area?