Part of a system of national parks based in the Canadian Rockies, Jasper is the largest and one of the most diverse parks in North America, a place where coniferous mountainsides give way to Arctic glaciers and hot springs exist alongside raging waterfalls.
Although connected to the Banff National Park by the picturesque Icefields Parkway and within a few hundred miles of Edmonton, you'll be satisfied with the numerous avenues of adventure to be had without ever leaving the park limits. You'll get your waterfall fix with the madly rushing Sunwapta and Athabasca Falls. You'll get your trekking fix with a moderate hike up the eastern slope of Pyramid Mountain (2,766 meters/9,075 feet), which overlooks the small town of Jasper. A unique attraction of this park is the Athabasca Glacier, a 6km (3.7 mile) sheet of ice often toured by Snocoach and closed during the winter. There is a seemingly endless length of trails and mountain hikes, canoeing and other water transport on the numerous rivers and lakes of the region. There is also an opportunity to glimpse creatures like mountain lions, grizzly bears, caribou, wolves, and many more.
For a full run-down of the adventure activities that you'll be bragging about to your friends back home, consult the accompanying websites and start bulking up your Canada itinerary!