Brain Download: Jasper

Do:  Reach into your pocketbook and shell out for the tour of Athabasca Glacier via an Ice Explorer from the Columbia Icefields Visitor Center, where you will be able to walk on the glacier and perhaps be so luck, as I was, to drink from its melting streams.

See:  Look anywhere around you in Jasper and you’ll see gorgeous scenery, but Maligne Lake on the east side of the Park and the views of the Athabasca Glacier and surrounding mountains from Wilcox Ridge off the Icefields Parkway are both incredible.

Drive:  Icefields Parkway from Lake Louise to Jasper provide unbeatable mountain views entirely unmatched by anywhere else I’ve traveled.

Stay:  Columbia Icefields Tent-Only Campground is cheap, centrally located between Lake Louise and Jasper, and situated just off the Icefields Parkway.  Just be sure to bring enough layers, as temperatures were in the teens (Fahrenheit) overnight in mid-September…

Eat:  The only restaurant I visited in Jasper was a subpar pizza joint, so my recommendation, if you don’t have the money for one of the high-end steakhouses (I didn’t…) would be to not worry about the quality of your campground food and enjoy the quality of your surroundings.

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