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Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · August 25, 2016
Any suggestion regarding accommodation in Jasper in late October  (6 Answers)

Hi. I will be visiting Banff-Jasper for 7 days in late October. I was planning to do split the days between the two. Should I spend more time in Banff or Jasper? I will be renting a car from Calgary and drive all the way to Banff and Jasper.

Also, I was looking at accommodation options in Jasper and there is not much choices. is there any nearby town which is worth staying at? Thanks in advance.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 24, 2016
Winter driving between jasper and Banff  (6 Answers)


I'm planning on being in Jasper and Banff this November between the 15-30th for 5-7 days. I've been to both places before in December 5 years ago, but this time I'm hoping to get the train from Vancouver to Jasper and the hiring a car and driving to Banff at some point. Is it safe to drive between jasper and Banff at this time of year? I live in the UK and have driven in snow before in the uk and us, however I'm mindful the Rockies will be different. I will planning to drive between 7am and no later than 4pm on any day so that it's daylight. I won't be in a hurry either so will be driving slowly and hoping when I book the rental car snow tyres will be provided. Does anybody have any experience driving between jasper and Banff in November and if it's ok are there any bits to be especially careful of?



Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · March 23, 2016
Itineraries Ideas for 15 days hiking around Jasper or Banff  (4 Answers)

Hello, With my boyfriend we decide to go for a 15 days hiking, be in the wilderness, surrounding by amazing sightseens and see the less of people that's possible but we don't know the great trails to do and I have a hard time to find informations about more than 3 days hiking...
We plan to arrive from Vancouver, take a bus or do "stop" to go to the National Park. We're thinking about Jasper because it's less touristic than Banff but we didn't decide yet so if you have some advices or others ideas... we will take it !
Thanks for any advice you can give us !

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · July 15, 2014
A Day in Jasper  (1 Answer)

If you will spend just a day in Jasper, is that enough time to see Athabasca Falls, canyon, Skywalk?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · July 15, 2014
A Day in Jasper  (8 Answers)

If you will spend just a day in Jasper, is that enough time to see Athabasca Falls, canyon, Skywalk?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · July 15, 2014
A Day in Jasper  (3 Answers)

If you will spend just a day in Jasper, is that enough time to see Athabasca Falls, canyon, Skywalk?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · July 14, 2014
Car Parking  (1 Answer)

We are thinking of staying in a hotel just outside of Jasper and driving in to the national park and then hiking from there. Is this a possibility? I have tried to research places to park a car for the day in Jasper and the costs associated with that but i haven't been successful. Any advice or help with car parking facilities would be greatly appreciated!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · June 26, 2014
A short trip to Vancouver/Banff/Jasper. Suggestions ???  (3 Answers)


I will be flying in Vancouver in July end and want to visit Banff and Jasper too. I am trying to figure out best possible use of my short time. Please check, if this looks ok.

Wednesday - Reaching Vancouver in evening and overnight stay.
Thursday - Pick rental car. Full day at Vancouver. Overnight stay. (Still needs to check places to see)
Friday - Leave Vancouver in morning towards Jasper. Overnigh stay at Jasper. (Which route should I take ? Toll road should save some time ? Or I should go via Revelstoke, Golden, Lake Louise ? This will give me some backtrack to and from Jasper) (OR, if it way long distance, where should I break my this long day ?)
Satuday - Full day at Jasper NP, Icefield parkway. Overnight stay at Jasper.
Sunday - Jasper to Banff NP. Around area and overnight at Banff NP.
Monday - Half day at Banff and leave for 8 PM flight from Calgary.
Really need help to make my itenerary

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 28, 2014
Jasper National Park  (2 Answers)

We are spending 6 days in Jasper National Park - is there a weekly pass that we can purchase - how do we obtain it and costing. Website says that it is possible to purchase this but reverts back to daily rate when you go on to passes

Many thanks

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · April 07, 2014
Fuel stops/Rest Stations  (9 Answers)

We are driving the Trans Canadian Highway from Canmore to Jasper in the middle of June. I have been trying to find out rest stations/fuel stations enroute. The only ones I can see are: Hardisty & Deadmans Flat. Someone has mentioned that there is one at Skatchewan Crossing and that it is expensive. Whilst we will start with a full tank of fuel it would be nice to know in advance where the next fuel station is in case we hit traffic. We intend taking a picnic with us but need comfort stops - which are the best stations and the ones to avoid

Many thanks

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · April 04, 2014
Hot Springs  (4 Answers)

Given that there are 3 hot springs within the par - Banff Hot springs, Radium & Miette which is the best - we could do either of them - more interested in the scenic views. We will be there 22 June until 1st July - will it be warm enough outside in a swimsuit?

Any other addition advice for a newbie visiting Canada for the first time much appreciated. Driving from Canmore through to Jasper on the Canadian Trans high way and looking forward to it. Trying to sort out fuel stations en route - any recommendations please?

Many thanks

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · March 25, 2014
Jasper Itinerary  (3 Answers)

I'm celebrating the big 60 - so I want to make this day special towards the end of June

Planned itinerary: Hotel is in Patricia Ave Jasper

Early trip on Parkfields Iceway - first trip out! continue to Maligine Canyon - Google puts this round trip as 56 minutes - then approx. 2 hours for Parkfields Iceway

Then head in the opposite direction to Moose Lake, Berg Lake - OK I accept we have to come back into Jasper first as Moose Lake is in exactly the opposite direction. Google maps puts this at 54 minute drive

We tend to leave the hotel at about 8am, arrive back by 8pm having eaten and head straight to bed - case of seeing as much as we can - we adjust itineraries on the day as some places are too far. I might be 60 but I'm super charged and have been know to wear my sons out with our previous sightseeing!!

Evening meal: yes I want something nice but restaurant prices seem horribly expensive - could possibly take in lunch instead - thinking of Downstream Restaurant or Jasper Brewing Company - both seem to have reasonably priced food with a fairly decent selection. We can't afford to go too much upmarket as we're on a budget.

Plan to do Lake Louise Lake Bow and others from Canmore

Hoping someone can make my big 60 special! Thanks

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · March 11, 2014
Patricia Lakes Bungalows  (3 Answers)

I've never been to Jasper.
For the summer I booked a cabin for 4 at Patricia Lakes Bungalows. It is the newly built "Pyramid Cabin". On the whole Internet I cannot find any outside pictures of this cabin. Even the reception at the Bungalows told me they don't have any outside pictures.

Did any of you spend a vacation there and can at least describe the Pyramid Cabin?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · February 05, 2014
Aboriginal Day

Just realised that Aboriginal Day is on the day that we depart from Jasper to travel back to Canmore - is it worth delaying our departure time ? We think it will take a good 5 hours on the trans Canadian Highway to get to Canmore - equally it looks a fun thing to do. We will be there on the 20th - does it have any peripheral activities the day prior to the formal aboriginal day? Are there any entrance fees - Google info looks sketchy so I need some help please from those who have visited before or are locals

Many thanxs

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · November 02, 2013
How to travel from Jasper National Park to Yellowstone Park?  (8 Answers)

Can anyone tell us if it is possible to travel by train between Jasper National Park and Yellowstone Park? That is: where do we get on the train and do we have to change trains somewhere in between until arrival near to Yellowstone Park?
Who can give us advice on how to do this train journey?
Many thanks,

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · August 28, 2013
Park pass to drive through Jasper?  (6 Answers)


I am planning to drive to Valemount, BC from Edmonton on HWY 16 this weekend, Do I need a park pass just to drive through Jasper in to BC? Thanks!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · August 22, 2013
Icefields Parkway  (8 Answers)

Can someone please advise on hotels mid June


Arrive from internal flight from San Francisco - Calgary -we're on a UK passport - do we need a visa to enter Canada from San Francisco?? Canadian Government haven't yet responded to email

Google maps shows distances in KMs not miles - does Canada work in KMs??

Day 1 stop at Banff

Day 2 Jasper x 2 over night stops - Icefields Parkway - could we include this in our drive up to Jasper or return drive??

Day 3 Banff - sightseeing

Day4/5 Calgary - allow extra day for contingency before we depart UK


Stay at Calgary - do Icefields Pakrway trip as a long expensive day trip from Calgary -

Stop at Banff for 1 night then return to Calgary

What worries me is the speed limits in the National Park - all advice greatly appreciated


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · August 09, 2013
Camping at Talbot Lake  (2 Answers)


Can I camp at Talbot lake during the month of September?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · July 02, 2013
Where to stay in Jasper  (5 Answers)

Hey! My bf and I plan to visit Jasper national park for 3 days and 3 nights in August but it seems we have trouble finding good places to stay. Hotels in Jasper are all expensive (More than 200 CAD per night). When I was looking for hostels in, I have only got dorms for 20 people, sth like that. We would like to have a private room for under 150 CAD per night if possible with free parking and breakfast included. Does anyone have any suggestions on what we should do/where we should look for? Thanks!!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · June 06, 2013
Park Fee  (5 Answers)

My Friend and I are driving from Vancouver to Jasper on the first day of our trip. Arrival time to Jasper will be late in the evening. Do we need to buy the pass when we arrive or can we wait till the morning to purchase the park pass?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · October 01, 2012
Jasper for Easter  (13 Answers)

I'm thinking of going to Jasper for Easter. Does anyone know what the average weather is and will it impact on the views or me getting about.


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · December 29, 2011
Accoommodation help needed  (5 Answers)

My wife and I are spending a few days in Jasper in June - arriving and leaving by train.

We are U.K. residents and usually have no problems in finding accommodations on the North American Continent with websites and facilities for making bookings using credit cards. Unfortunately we have not found too many places in the town that have their own websites, and generally they are pretty basic and do not have booking facilities or offer credit card transactions.
All we need is somewhere clean and comfortable to rest our heads for four nights, preferably with en suite bathroom and breakfast provided. Do any such places exist in Jasper? If so, do they accept credit card bookings, and how can we contact them?
PLEASE HELP. Woody Moore

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · June 26, 2011
xpost/w Banff forum : Intinerary suggestions and critiques please >>>  (1 Answer)

I've got an updated itinerary - taking into consideration some suggestions that were offered earlier. Please let me know if this makes sense travel-wise and all.

There are a few questions intermingled I still have in the planning, please help out if you can. THANKS!

Day 1: Arrive Calgary

Day 2: Drive to Banff - bow lake/gondola. Stay at 2 Jack Lake

Day 3: Banff - L Minnewanka, Whyte Museum. Stay 2 Jack Lake

Day 4: Day trip to Kootenay - either stay there at hot springs or back in Banff? Is it too far to drive there & back in one day?

Day 5: Drive to LL along Bow Valley Parkway. Stay at LL tent site

Day 6: L Louise - either Agnes Tea house hike or 6 glaciers hike (which is better???) canoe on the lake. Stay LL tent.

Day 7: Yoho - tak falls, natural bridge, etc. stay @ tak falls tent

Day 8: Lake Ohara (is that possible? Am I too late?) Or hoodoos hike. Stay Tak falls tent.

Day 9: Ice fields parkway. Bow lake/Peyto Lake. Stay Num Ti Jah Lodge

Day 10: Columbia Ice fields in AM, Wilcox pass in PM. Stay at wilcox creek tent camping.

Day 11: to Jasper - athabasca falls/Mt Edith Cavall. Stay in a hotel in Jasper

Day 12: Maligne canyon/lake/cruise. Stay in same hotel.

Day 13: Day trip to Mt Robson park or stay in Mt Robson & camp? Is it worth a day trip if we don't hike all the way to Berg Lake? We could walk to Kinney Lake.

Day 14: Drive back to Calgary (should we drive back through Banff or through Edmonton?)


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · February 26, 2011
Travel to Canadian Rockies  (3 Answers)

We are a group of 8 adults and 4 children, we are arriving calgary in May 2011 and would like to explore rockies in motorhome or tents for 5 nights only, and we want to drop our motorhomes at Jasper and than take a 2 cars from Jasper to vancouvar. However the problem is there is no drop off facility at Jasper, either we have to go back to calgary to drop the motorhome or drop it at vancouvar, we do not want to rent out the motorhomes for more than 5 nights, can you please advise a renting company who can help us in this. Further can you suggest some good camping grounds in banff and jasper national park. Can you also suggest which places to visit and no. of days to stay in each place in rockies
Devang Kanakia

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · October 01, 2010
RV Parking at Tangle Falls pull off.  (1 Answer)

Several people who wrote about Tangle Falls mention there was a pull off spot to park for the path to Tangle Falls. Is this spot big enough for large RV's.
Thank You

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · August 26, 2010
Going to Jasper Sept 10th  (5 Answers)

Hi all, We will be going to Sunwapta Falls Resort Sept 10th from Seattle Wa. Interested in what we should expect weatherwise. Tried looking for a long range forecast but couldn't find anything that extends that far. Also, is the weather pretty similar to Banff, e.g. Lake louise, Johnson canyon area?

Thanks all in advance

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · June 17, 2010
accomodation  (12 Answers)

We are 2 couples staying in the area for a couple of nights in Sept 2010. Will it be possible to just roll up on the day & find accomodation for that night at that time of year? Is last minute accom listed somewhere in town?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · June 02, 2010
Car rental - From Jasper to Cranbrook  (2 Answers)

I'm really getting worried but it seems NONE of the car rental companies provide drop off for the above drive. But my air and train tickets have already been booked for this 19 - 25 Jun trip. I'll be most grateful for any guidance.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · February 04, 2010
Traveling to Jasper in Feb  (2 Answers)

Hi everyone,

I'm going to be on a business trip to Grande Grande Prairie and would like to take the weekend, Sat and Sun in Jasper and then fly back out of Grande Prairie's airport.

I've been checking the maps and HWY 40 down from Grande Prairie to Grande Cache then down to Jasper in about 5 hours. My question is, how dangerous is that road and how likely is it to be closed? I'm big on photography and I'm primarily going to drive along there down to Jasper and take photos along the way so I don't really want to fly into Edmonton and take the drive to Jasper as it doesn't seem as interesting.

I've also been looking at points of interests in Jasper to see where I can go for photographs when I'm there and are many of them closed in the winter? Also, are there roads that allow me to drive to those points of interests?

I'm not sure if rentals in Alberta put snow tires on the cars they rent out so that might be a problem do because it looks like it's required by law and I wouldn't want to drive along dangerous roads without snows. I live in Toronto and I always have snow tires on my car.

Any suggestions would be much appreciated it. I have the option of flying into Edmonton direct without flying to grande prairie and drive to Grande Prairie for a week then drive back out.


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · February 01, 2010
To go or not to go to the Rockies? Help us decide!  (9 Answers)

Hello everyone,
Hope you can help me with my where-to-go or not to go travel plans struggle! We are planning to go to Canada for 7 nights in mid June. We will fly into Vancouver, where we would like to spend a few days. Then we’re not sure what to do! Drive to the Rockies and fly out of Calgary, or stay in the Vancouver/Vancouver Island area. Basically, I would LOVE to see the Rockies but I’m worried we won’t have enough time there (essentially 4 nights). It’s not just about ticking boxes, we want to be able to enjoy where we are too rather than rush from place to place. So should we just stay longer in Vancouver, go to Vancouver Island etc and save Rockies for another, separate Rockies only holiday? Please help! Thank you.

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