When people think of Alberta, Canada they automatically think of Banff National Park. As beautiful as Banff is, nothing beats the turquoise treasures found beyond Alberta’s beloved Banff. I spent about three weeks in Alberta in 2009 and nothing tops what I saw on my way to Jasper and in Jasper National Park. The views were out of this world. Less touristy than Banff, Jasper offers visitors a more rustic and authentic mountain experience in the Northern part of Alberta. The quiet picturesque park offered me everything I could have imagined: glacier lakes, ice caves, snow-capped mountain tops, animal sightings, and nature in its purest form.
With few people around, I felt like I had the whole park to myself. Coming from the East Coast of Canada I hadn’t seen anything like it before. Jasper left me speechless on many accounts and not because of its frigid weather, but because of its vast panoramic sights. Visiting the Canadian Rockies truly was a dream come true. I still consider my trip to Alberta one of my most memorable trips. As much as I love the beach, nothing compares to visiting such vast wilderness. It is then when you realize how small you are in such a grand world. I’m glad I had the opportunity to visit one of Canada’s largest and oldest National Parks.
Alberta has so much to offer, from desert-like conditions and dinosaurs in Drumheller, the largest shopping mall in Canada in Edmonton, the Stampede in Calgary, to glacier lakes and ice caves in Jasper, Alberta has it all. Among the sights, Jasper is still my favourite. With Jasper’s nearly 1000km of trails, I was left bewildered and perplexed to wander in a place few people get to see. I still remember vividly dipping my toes in a glacier lake, walking around in an ice cave, and touching the remains of a glacier for the first time. A moment engrained in my memory.
I can’t wait to go back and explore more of what Jasper has to offer. I don’t know when I will make it back to Jasper, but I know that I will eventually. I’m sure I will be just as amazed the second time as I was the first. There is something to be said about visiting a destination more than once.