Canada: Jasper National Park of Alberta Canada|
Posted on Sunday, June 19 @ 20:07:24 MST by donna
Box 10, Jasper, AB Canada T0E 1E0
Phone: (780) 852-6176
Fax: (780) 852-6152
Back-country Trail Reservations
Jasper Tourism & Commerce provides
local tourism and business information for the community of Jasper,
Alberta, Canada, which is peacefully nestled in the midst of Jasper
National Park's vast, unspoiled grandeur.
As Jasper's Chamber of
Commerce, we present to you the first-class accommodations, facilities,
services and visitor attractions of Jasper and Jasper National Park.
Surrounded by scenic wilderness, Jasper National Park is Canada's
largest Rocky Mountain Park and one of North America's largest natural
areas - spanning 10,878 sq. km (4,200 sq. mi.) of awe-inspiring, scenic
Shimmering glaciers, abundant wildlife, crystal clear
lakes, thundering waterfalls, deep canyons and evergreen forest
surrounded by towering, rugged mountain peaks are what your eyes have
been waiting to see.
is an internationally recognized, four-season destination with so much
to see and do to suit everyone's tastes. Whatever spectacular time of
year you choose to visit - just be sure you plan to stay awhile. You'll
want to have enough time to enjoy Jasper's many exceptional offerings.
idea of a Canada-wide system of protected areas took root in the
Rockies more than a century ago. Today, national parks protect
significant landscapes that represent Canada's vastness and diversity.
historic sites commemorate Canada's evolution as a country, past and
present. Together, they are a family of special places which symbolize
the important link between stewardship of the land and respect for our
in 1907 on the eastern slopes of the Rockies, Jasper is part of the
UNESCO Canadian Rocky Mountain Parks World Heritage Site. At over
10,800 sq. km, the park is a living example of a protected mountain
ecosystem that allows for visitors to enjoy solitude, wildlife, outdoor
recreation and a wide range of learning opportunities. Within the
boundaries of Jasper National Park there are also five National
Backcountry Camping and Hiking
can enjoy over 1200 kilometres of trails in Jasper's wilderness. All
backcountry travellers must practice low impact camping techniques and
are responsible for their own safety. Information, current trail
conditions, maps and books are available at park information centres.
you are planning on camping overnight, you need to purchase a
wilderness pass. You can reserve your trip up to three months in
advance by calling (780) 852-6177 or fax (780) 852-6152.
Horse Users Guide Jasper National Park
have been used to explore the mountains of Jasper National Park for a
long time. Early outfitters and explorers established many of the
trails in the park’s 1200–kilometer network. Today, these same trails
sit within one of Canada’s most spectacular national parks and a world
Horse travel is welcome in many areas of the park.
This guide will assist you in planning your horse trip and help limit
your impact on the parks important (and fragile) wilderness.
Where Can You Ride?
Horse travel is permitted throughout the park EXCEPT for the following trails and areas:
Fort Point, Wilcox Pass, Sulphur Skyline, Self-guided trails at Mt.
Edith Cavell (Meadows, Path of the Glacier Trails), Lee Foundation
Trail at Lake Annette, Whistlers Summit Trail, Maligne Canyon Trail,
Mary Schäffer Loop (Maligne Lakeshore) and Miette Hot Springs Nature
Trail (Sulphur Pass via Fiddle River Trail).
- All park picnic
sites, campgrounds or camping facilities accessible by motorized
vehicle and public use areas within Jasper townsite.
- The old mining and former townsite area at Pocahontas.
- All designated public beach areas.
Party SizeDay use
- Fryatt Valley
- Geraldine Lakes
- Merlin/Jacques Pass
- Jonas Pass
- Skyline Trail from Big Shovel Pass to Maligne Lake
- Eremite Valley
is no restriction on party size for day use in Jasper National Park.
However, trail conditions will be monitored and restrictions applied
where necessary to protect trails and natural features.
group size of ten people and twenty horses is permitted for private
horse groups using backcountry camping facilities.
Maximum group size for licensed commercial operators is twenty people and thirty-eight horses.
Backcountry Horse Trips
camping is permitted at designated backcountry horse or horse/hiker
campsites. Campfires are a luxury in the mountains and are not
permitted in all areas. Fires are permitted only in the grates or
established fire circles and only fallen, dead wood may be used for
Special Note : Fires are not allowed in high-use areas like the Tonquin Valley because of the scarcity of wood.
horse groups may reserve campsites up to 3 months prior to departure
date on a first-come, first-serve basis. Horse groups will be required
to submit a daily campsite trip schedule when they apply for a
reservation. A trip schedule prevents conflicts with other parties.
Please call 780-852-6160, or fax 780-852-6152 for a horse-grazing
Length of Stay
maximum length of stay per trip at each campsite will be three nights
except at waterfalls, Blue Creek, Oatmeal, Chown and Timothy Slides
campsites, where stays are limited to two nights.
permanent or semi-permanent camps may be established in the park. Camps
may normally be left unattended overnight for only one night.
Outfitter’s camps may be left unattended for two nights on back-to-back
return trips at Miette Lake, Willow Creek, Middle Forks, Grizzly, Rocky
Forks, Cline, Waterfalls, and Trapper Creek.
backcountry horse campsites in the park have established graze quotas.
These quotas are based on the amount of available graze in each area.
Once a graze quota for a campsite has been reached, parties will be directed to other areas.
kept in the backcountry must graze at random. To minimize environmental
damage, tying of horses to trees is not recommended. If overnight tying
is necessary, stretch a rope between two trees (high line).
A Pitch for Weed Free Hay
are the bullies of the plant world. Once they move in, even the
hardiest native vegetation can’t compete. The effects on native habitat
are disastrous. Non-native plants (weeds) eventually dominate the
native plant communities that are an important source of food, shelter,
and habitat for the insect and animal species in Jasper National Park.
spread of noxious weeds through hay is widespread. Many agencies are
working to convince horse owners to use certified weed free hay. Parks
Canada has adopted the Weed free hay program for it’s own backcountry
horse patrol program. Only commercial lodge operations may transport
hay (certified weed free) into the backcountry.
you have question regarding horse use in Jasper National Park, contact
the Information Centre at 780-852-6160 or fax your questions to
you wish to hold your horses overnight in the park, at the start or end
of an overnight backcountry trip, you must use an approved corral space
or holding facility (see list below). If you are staying in the
frontcountry areas of the park or are passing through the park and need
to board your horses, commercial holding facilities are available
through the Cottonwood Corral Association at Pyramid Riding Stables.
Please note that proof of a negative Coggins test is required to board
your horses here. Contact Linda Patry at 780-852-3121 for information.
may be kept for a maximum of 48 hours at any public holding corral in
the park. The exception is with commercial operations at Portal Creek
and Cavell Lake trailheads where stays of up to 72 hours are permitted.
Grazing is not permitted at Trailheads – horses must be fed inside the
corrals. Temporary primitive camps are permitted at holding corrals
while stock is being held. Two herds-people and one tent/camper are
permitted, but no fires are allowed.
Holding Corral Locations In Jasper National Park
Special Restrictions – At the Miette Hotsprings Corral
- Portal Creek Trailhead Marmot Basin Road
- Poboktan Trailhead near Sunwapta Warden Station, 77 km. south of Jasper
- Beaver Lake Trailhead south end of Medicine Lake
- Maligne Pass Trailhead Maligne Lake
- Whirlpool River Trailhead (Athabasca Pass) near Moab Lake parking lot
- Camp Parker (Nigel Creek Trailhead) 114 km south of Jasper
- Dorothy Lake Trailhead at Geikie Siding
- Miette Lake Trailhead at Decoigne Warden Station
- Miette Hotsprings Corral
- Horses may be kept at the Hot Springs corral for a maximum of 24 hours.
- This corral is for private use only. No commercial use is allowed. It holds approximately eight horses.
- Camping is not permitted at this corral
must be fed inside the corral. Grazing is not permitted in the
surrounding area. The nearest water source can be found at Sulphur
Creek, 250 meters away.
Must Sees in the Park
32 km. (14.2 mi.) S. of Jasper townsite
the most powerful and breathtaking falls in the Rocky Mountains, the
Athabasca River thunders through a narrow gorge where the walls have
been smoothed and potholed by the sheer force of the rushing water
carrying sand and rock. Picnic sites available. Cross-country skiing.
Capture the brilliance of rainbow-hued spray or the dazzling sheets of
ice suspended from jagged rock on film!
38 km. (22.8 mi.) S. of Jasper townsite
this elevated picnic area sweeps a panoramic view of the Athabasca
Valley and the sheer mountain peaks surrounding it. This is a good
place to spot mountain goats, bighorn sheep and other animals searching
for mineral licks. Please remember, IT IS ILLEGAL TO TOUCH OR FEED
WILDLIFE IN A NATIONAL PARK. Please help keep the wildlife wild and
55 km. (33 mi.) S. of Jasper townsite
is a Stoney Indian word for "turbulent river". At the falls, the
Sunwapta River abruptly changes course from northwest to southwest and
plunges in a cloud of spray into a deep canyon. Seasonal accommodation
and dining. Picnic sites available. A frozen wonder in winter, Sunwapta
Falls will delight photographers with its uncanny "ice sculptures".
95 km. (57 mi.) S. of Jasper townsite
tongue of the massive Columbia Icefield, the Stutfield Glacier pours
over 900 vertical metres (3000 ft.) of cliff face, forming a
picturesque set of double icefalls visible from a roadside viewpoint.
The Sunwapta River braids its way through several channels across the
broad, gravel flats below.
105 km. (63 mi.) S. of Jasper townsite
largest icefield south of Alaska, shimmering glacial ice and snow cover
some 389 sq. km. (233 sq. mi.). An exciting 90 minute Brewster Ice
Explorer Tour will take you out onto the Athabasca Glacier, a tongue of
the Columbia Icefield, for an awe-inspiring glimpse of icy crevasses
and ice-fed streamlets. Or, join a guided Glacier Ice-walk and visit
the Icefield Interpretive Centre for informative exhibits and slide
shows. Seasonal accommodation, dining and camping available. Hiking
MOUNT EDITH CAVELL
30 km. (18 mi.) S. of Jasper townsite
Open end of June - Oct.
summits in the park can match Mount Edith Cavell's craggy beauty. A
small, powder blue meltwater lake and beautiful Angel Glacier are
easily reached by a short self-guiding trail that winds its way along
the shores of the lake. Another longer trail leads to picturesque
Cavell Meadows. Trails are less crowded mornings or late afternoons.
32 km. (19.2 mi.) S.E. of Jasper townsite
intriguing lake is a place of mystery and Indian legend. Due to a
unique underground drainage system, the water level of the lake varies
from season to season . . . sometimes it actually disappears! Early
Indians once thought that "spirits" were responsible for the dramatic
fluctuations in the placid waters. Watch for the interpretive signs
along the road.
48 km. (28.8 mi.) S.E. of Jasper townsite
in the majestic Maligne Valley, this exquisite lake is the second
largest glacier-fed lake in the world, stretching 22 km. (14 mi.). A
one-and-a-half hour boat cruise will take you past glacier-studded
mountain peaks to world-famous Spirit Island. Try your hand at guided
fishing, hiking, horseback riding. Superb cross-country skiing in
winter. Restaurant and shopping facilities are seasonal.
Horse Rentals And Trail Rides
Toll Free: 1-866-BYHORSE (294-6773)
Experience a working horse ranch in the heart of the Canadian Rockies. Witness "trust base communication"
during an authentic "HORSE WHISPERING" demonstration as we start out
our young horses. Saddle up for a 2 or 3 day OVERNIGHT CAMPOUT where
you will never see another tourist! Trail ride for 2 hours or we will
pack you a lunch to explore the backcountry all day. Also 5-Day All
Inclusive Packages, Retreats/Seminars and International Youth Camps.
Small groups, quality guides, happy horses.
PYRAMID RIDING STABLES
4 km from Jasper. High above town on Pyramid Bench, a network of Trails
offer scenic rides along the lakeshore and spectacular views of the
Athabasca Valley. Ponies are available for small children. Jasper
townsite and special occasion carriage rides are also available. Our
log gazebo serves groups authentic western BBQ's. A central firepit,
delicious food and beautiful scenery ensure a boot stomping good time!
Winter activities include sleigh rides and our special Dine & Ride
SKYLINE TRAIL RIDES
Phone/Fax (780) 852-4215
Toll Free: 1-888-852-7787
offer trail rides from 1 hour to full day and overnight pack trips to
our backcountry camp. Our main stables are located on the grounds of
the Jasper Park Lodge. Backcounry hiker accommodation on the famous
Skyline Trail and horse-assisted hiking trips are our specialty.
TONQUIN VALLEY BACKCOUNTRY LODGE
Phone (780) 852-3909
Jasper National Park, on the continental divide, lies the Tonquin
Valley Backcountry Lodge. Located 24kms from the nearest road at the
base of the world famous Rampart Mountains and on the shores of
pristine Amethyst Lake is where this wilderness haven lies. Accessible
only by hiking or horseback riding, this lodge offers a true mountain
wilderness that everyone can enjoy.
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