Canadian Rockies #5 – Jasper National Park

Pyramid Lake

After a good rest at Glacier View Inn, we continued our journey towards Jasper National Park on the next day.

Sunwapta Falls – From Columbia Icefields, travel north-west along Icefields Parkway for a distance of 49.1 km | 40 min to the destination.

The parking lot is a short drive from the Parkway. The trail from the parking lot to the upper falls is well-paved and fenced. The falls is formed by the Sunwapta River, which over time, carved the limestone rocks into a deep gorge with water plunging down to a depth of about 18.5 metres.

The bridge that goes across the upper falls provides the most scenery view, especially with the tiny island of trees behind, which split the Sunwapta River into two before dropping into the deep gorge.

For the more adventurous, the trail extends further along the canyon and forest to the lower falls.

Sunwapta Falls
Sunwapta Falls
Sunwapta Falls
Sunwapta Falls

Athabasca Falls – Plunging at a height of 23 metres, this powerful and picturesque waterfall is simply magnificent. Standing at different viewpoints, you can feel the strong force of nature with a close encounter of the loud roaring sound and the blue turquoise water splashing into the deep gorge. Athabasca Falls is 24.6 km | 23 min from Sunwapta Falls along Icefield Parkway.

Athabasca Falls
Athabasca Falls
Athabasca Falls
Athabasca Falls
Deserted Canyon at Athabasca Falls
Deserted Canyon at Athabasca Falls

Maligne Canyon – Waterfalls, Deep Gorges, Potholes and Underground Streams, all gather in one place.

The hiking trail is well-maintained with several viewpoints for resting and photos taking. It is also surrounded by fences as a precaution due to the depth of the gorge.

From Athabasca Falls, continues northward along Icefields Parkway until the end. At the intersection, turn right onto Yellowhead Highway, follows by another right turn into Maligne Lake Road.

Maligne Canyon from Viewpoint
Maligne Canyon from Viewpoint
Maligne Canyon from Viewpoint
Maligne Canyon from Viewpoint

Maligne Lake – can be reached by driving eastward along Maligne Lake Road, follow by Township Road and end with Range Road. Total distance is 37.9 km. Township and Range Road are narrower, so it will take at least 47 min to reach the destination.

Maligne Lake is the largest natural lake in the Canadian Rockies, encompassing by magnificent snow-covered alpine mountains.

Maligne Lake Cruise brings travellers for a 1.5-hour scenic cruise around the lake and to the infamous Spirit Island. This is also one of the popular activity to do in Maligne Lake.

Tickets can be purchased online via Brewster. Note that the cruise only operates from May to early Oct.

Spirit Island at Maligne Lake
Spirit Island at Maligne Lake

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