Jasper SkyTram#2 in Best Things To Do in Jasper National Park
In a little more than seven minutes, travelers can glide up nearly 7,500 feet to the side of The Whistlers mountain summit in Jasper National Park. After riding the longest and highest guided aerial tramway in Canada, those who make the trek will experience views of six mountain ranges, colorful rivers and lakes, and the town of Jasper. Each car on the Jasper SkyTram can accommodate 26 people, plus one flight attendant. Flight attendants are essentially tram tour guides, who can point out points of interest and answer any questions.
Past travelers suggested planning your trip on a clear, sunny day to make the most of the views. They also recommended wearing hiking shoes to complete the 1.5-mile hike to the peak of the mountain, where visitors can admire even more stunning panoramas.
Located about 5 miles south of downtown Jasper, the Jasper SkyTram is accessible via an offshoot road of Icefields Parkway. Hours for the tram vary by season, but it is generally open from 8, 9 or 10 a.m. to 5, 8 or 9 p.m. It is generally closed from late October to late March. It's recommended that you set aside about two hours to make the most of your experience. Passes cost CA$49.30 (around $37) for adults ages 16 and older, CA$26.20 (around $19.50) for youth ages 6 to 15 and free for children 5 years old and younger. Family packages include two adult and two youth passes and cost CA$124.80 (approximately $93). Check out the Jasper SkyTram's website for more information.
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#1 Maligne Lake
The second-largest glacier-fed lake in the world, Maligne Lake enchants travelers with its brilliant turquoise waters and stunning skylines. Anyone who wants to trek to Maligne Lake should take the time to visit the lake's Spirit Island as well, which is one of the most famous views of the Canadian Rockies in the world. The lake sits east of the Icefields Parkway in the southern portion of the park, and travelers can access the area with their own car, in an excursion bus or even as part of a motorcycle tour. (To book a motorcycle tour, check out the Jasper Motorcycle Tours website.) Once at the lake, visitors can take advantage of a variety of tours and excursions, or just explore the area independently.
Past visitors recommended bringing a camera to capture photos of the beautiful scenery – many note there are numerous photo opportunities. However, recent travelers also warned that both the cruise and nonmotorized watercraft rentals come at a steep price.
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