Icefields Parkway and Athabasca River, Canada

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Jasper Skytram

Jasper Town & Around

If the average, boring views from Jasper just aren't blowing your hair back, go for a ride on this sightseeing gondola. The seven-minute journey (departures every nine minutes) zips up through various mountain life zones to the high barren slopes of the Whistlers. From the gondola's upper station a steep 1.25km hike leads to the mountain's true summit, where views stretch for 75km. Arrive early or late to avoid midday lines. There's a small restaurant and gift shop up top.

The Skytram is about 7km south of Jasper Town along Whistlers Mountain Rd, off the Icefields Pkwy. If you've got a copy of Gemtrek's Jasper & Maligne Lake topo map, bring it along to help make sense of the vast mountain, lake and river panorama that unfolds below.

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Nearby Jasper Town & Around attractions

1. Jasper-Yellowhead Museum & Archives

2.47 MILES

Poke your head into this museum if it's raining, snowing or too hot. Even if the weather is nice, the museum does an excellent job of documenting Jasper's…

2. Jasper Train Station

2.52 MILES

Jasper grew up as a railway town, and the train station (constructed by the Canadian National Railway) is one of its oldest and most attractive buildings…

3. Lac Beauvert

3.35 MILES

Dominated by the Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge and golf course just east of town, crystal-clear Lac Beauvert (literally ‘beautiful green’ in French) is as…

4. Jasper Planetarium

3.68 MILES

Relocated to the Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge on a year-round basis in 2019, Jasper's planetarium screens multiple shows daily in its 40-seat dome theater,…

5. Patricia Lake

3.79 MILES

Patricia Lake offers abundant water activities, but its most curious feature (hidden deep below the lake's surface) is the wreck of a prototype ice-based…

6. Lake Annette

4.81 MILES

East across the main highway from Jasper town, Lake Annette is popular for water activities in the summer, with a small beach and numerous picnic spots…

7. Pyramid Lake


Pyramid Lake is popular with canoers and kayakers in summer and ice-skaters in winter. From its eastern shore, a wooden pedestrian bridge leads out to…

8. Lake Edith

5.33 MILES

On the east side of the highway opposite Jasper town, Lake Edith is a popular summer getaway, ringed by cycling and hiking trails and frequented by…