Jasper National Park
Athabasca Falls, Jasper National Park
Above – Ahtabasca Falls, Jasper National Park
Jasper National Park Photography Hot Spot
Jasper National Park is located in Alberta, Canada, and is one of the most popular places to visit. The park features beautiful scenery and has plenty of hiking trails, camping areas, and many other things you might want to do while you’re there.
The Canadian Rockies mountain system comprises the southeastern part of this system, laying between the Interior Plains of Alberta and Northeastern British Columbia on the east to the Rocky Mountain Trench of BC on the west. The southern end borders Idaho and Montana, the USA.
The Canadian Rockies have numerous high peaks and ranges, such as Mount Robson and Mount Columbia. Much of the range is protected by national and provincial parks, several of which collectively comprise a World Heritage Site.
What’s In Jasper National Park
Jasper National Park is the largest national park in the Canadian Rockies, spanning 10,878 km2 (4,200 sq mi). It is located in the province of Alberta, north of Banff National Park and west of the City of Edmonton. The park includes the Columbia Icefield glaciers, hot springs, lakes, waterfalls, and mountains. Wildlife in the park consists of elk, caribou, moose, mule deer, white-tailed deer, mountain goats, bighorn sheep, grizzly bears, black bears, coyotes, beavers, Rocky Mountain pikas, hoary marmots, gray wolves, mountain lions, and wolverines.
Photography In Jasper National Park – From Banff to Jasper
It takes about 1-2 days to photograph the park’s main areas, depending on how you cover it; if you are a photographer who wants to spend time getting every angle and including every square inch, plan two days.
The Columbia Icefields Parkway is one of the world’s most scenic drives that stretches 144 miles between Lake Louise and Jasper. You can stop and photograph many great things along the ride up the icefield parkway to get to Jasper: Peyto Lake, The Columbia Icefields, The Glacier Walk, and Bow Lake (one of our favorite spots on the planet Earth.) Start your journey early up the Icefields Parkway towards Jasper. To see Bow Lake and Peyto Lake information, go to our Canada Hot Spot Page.
There are several lakes in Jasper National Park, and the main tourist attraction is Maligne Lake, a half-hour drive from the center of town. If you go in the summer, the lake is covered with tourists, and parking can be a little bit of a hassle. Go early in the day.
Jasper is a 4-hour drive up the icefield parkway to get there from Banff. There isn’t as much incredible dynamic scenery compared to the southern Canadian Rockies. The drive up Icefield Parkway has some stops that make this trip worthwhile, but we were not all impressed with Jasper compared to the Banff area overall. Maybe we have just been to too many incredible places in Banff, Yoho, and Revelstoke.
The great spots on this journey are the waterfalls. Athabasca and Sunwapta are the two best places not to miss. Lake Maligne, although beautiful, was covered by tourists in the summer. There are a few other lakes: Patricia and Pyramid, which are good. The other lakes did not give us any compelling photos.
There is also Maligne Canyon to hike and photograph, which allows for some compelling images. The Maligne lookout is just a lookout. We call these pictures tourist shots from these types of locations. You can stop there and get some good images. Try to do something different than the same old shot of the island everyone in the world gets.
Jasper National Park Wildlife
Keep your eyes out for wildlife. Elk is abundant, especially early in the morning. We went during a heatwave when wildlife is known to stay in the wilderness. We did see some bears on our journey. Jasper National Park is home to many different animals. The most popular animals to photograph are the Grizzly Bears, Mountain Goats, and Bighorn Sheep. However, many other animals call Jasper National Park home, including wolves, elk, deer, and moose.