The municipality of Jasper, following the contours of the Athabasca River, is located within the national park. With a population of just under 5’000, this small village with a lively center is the ideal location to visit the par.k The Maligne Valley and the iconic Icefields Parkway are just a short drive away.
The atmosphere in Jasper is pleasant, the village is full of small stores, restaurants, cafes and gelaterias. The attraction is so great that even black bears, finding in particular this year very few berries in the wild because of the drought, flock to the village to steal apples and berries from the inhabitants’ gardens. While people inform us of the situation and invite us to be vigilant, Monique and Michel find themselves already the next day face to face with a mother bear and her two cubs while leaving their accommodation. The wildlife of the park being very dense, it is not uncommon to encounter bears, deer, elk and eagles during our stay.
Jasper is surrounded by many lakes that we did not miss to visit. To the south, Beauvert, Edith and Annette lakes invite to swim. To the north, we particularly appreciate a short walk at Pyramid Lake. We are enchanted by the surrounding mountainous landscape, the clear water and the beautiful little Pyramid Island.