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8 Birds You Can Find in Jasper National Park

on Monday, 29 July 2013.

8 Birds You Can Find in Jasper National Park


Because Jasper National park and the surrounding areas are UNESCO World Heritage Sites, they are particularly pristine habitat for wildlife. And because of the range of habitats -- forests, lakes and streams, and mountain highlands -- there are a variety of rare of bird species that call the area home.

5 Safety Tips for Hiking Around Jasper

on Monday, 15 July 2013.

5 Safety Tips for Hiking Around Jasper

Around Jasper, hiking is one of the most popular recreational activities. Because the nearby national parks are still wilderness, it's careful to take safety precautions when hiking around the Canadian Rockies. On trails around the Overlander, you're likely to encounter wildlife and it's necessary to be prepared for more extreme conditions. These five safety tips can help you prepare for hiking around the Jasper area.

5 Jasper Festivals Not To Miss

on Thursday, 04 July 2013.

5 Jasper Festivals Not To Miss


The Overlander's location close to Jasper means that our guests can participate in the abundance of festivals that Jasper throws each year. All events are family friendly and provide wholesome entertainment for all age groups. There are festivals in every season:

Top 6 Mountains to Hike In Jasper

on Tuesday, 18 June 2013.

Top 6 Mountains to Hike In Jasper

Jasper is renowned for its spectacular mountain scenery and world-class hiking. Every year, thousands come visit the internationally protected, pristine wilderness that surrounds the town. The top 6 mountains to hike in Jasper will take you to UNESCO World Heritage sites, the highest peaks in the region, and some of the most majestic views in the world. The particularly popular mountains to hike in Jasper include:

Jasper Wildlife Tours - a short to guide to an amazing experience

on Monday, 10 June 2013.

Jasper Wildlife Tours - a short to guide to an amazing experience

Jasper wildlife tours are some of the Overlander visitors' favorite activities in spring, summer, and fall. Because Jasper is located at the nexus of several national and provincial parks, it supports an abundance of wildlife native to the Canadian Rockies.

Jasper Wildlife Favorites


Easily recognizable by their pelt of hard black and white quills, these spiky rodents are common throughout the lower forests in Jasper National Park. If you decide to go camping, be sure to pack up your food and backpacks tightly, because porcupines love to rifle through them in search of salty snacks.


Jasper Weather - Always changing but always beautiful

on Wednesday, 29 May 2013.

Jasper Weather - Always changing but always beautiful

What to Expect from Jasper Weather

When planning your visit to the Overlander lodge, be sure to take Jasper weather into consideration. Although you can plan your trip to the Overlander any time throughout the year, it's important that you're prepared for conditions during your vacation season.

Spring weather begins in Jasper around mid-April. Visiting in the spring means being prepared for cold weather. The sun will be out, but the weather will still be chilly -- around 7°C (44°F). Bring warm clothing and plenty of layers, especially if you plan on spending time outdoors. Snow is still on the ground in many areas, so spring is a great season for backcountry skiing with respect for avalanche conditions. 


Revel in Remote Outdoor Recreation at Brule Lake Sand Dunes

on Tuesday, 04 September 2012.

Revel in Remote Outdoor Recreation at Brule Lake Sand Dunes

Overlander guests seeking to experience a truly unique area of the Canadian Rockies should check out Brule Lake and its unique sand dune shores. Although it's not far from the Overlander, Brule Lake is an hour away from Jasper townsite, and around 45 minutes away from Hinton. It makes a great day trip for guests eager to explore the wilderness between the two towns.

Brule Lake Info

The lake is 10 km long and formed along the Athabasca River.[1] It has a unique sand dune ecosystem and marks the habitable northern limit for Douglas Fir trees.[2] In the early 1800s, it was the site of a Hudson's Bay Company trading post, but was abandoned within a few years.[1] Today it's a little know-recreation area that provides gorgeous views, challenging paths, and is one of the few areas where All-Terrain Vehicles (ATVs) are permitted on public land.

Miette Hot Springs - Relaxing since the 1800's

on Friday, 24 August 2012.

Miette Hot Springs - Relaxing since the 1800's

Miette Hotsprings: a Historic Mountain Escape

Miette Hotsprings has been delighting bathers for over a century just 60 kilometres from downtown Jasper and 20 minutes from the Overlander Lodge . It's convenient location, fantastic vistas, and energizing waters make it a great day trip tailor-made for cleansing and relaxation. The facility has two hot pools and one cold pool, all surrounded by lounge chairs so that guests can put their feet up between bathing sessions. Experienced bathers recommended a specific bathing technique: a pattern of long soaks in the hot pool followed by a quick dip into the cold pool. The invigorating experience has made it a favorite destination for visitors to the Jasper area since before the town of Jasper even existed.[1]


Jasper: a Town and Park Historically Intertwined

on Friday, 17 August 2012.

Jasper: a Town and Park Historically Intertwined

Jasper is a town that has survived despite economic ups and downs since the late 1800s . While it currently boasts high property values and impressive household incomes, this was not always the case. Indeed, there was a period during which much of Jasper was uninhabited.

The city began as a fur trading post owned by the North West Company. Nearby Jasper Forest Park was named after one of the posts' most well-liked operators. For a while, the area was a popular destination for fur traders, but as the demand for furs dwindled, so too did the town's economy.[1]

In an attempt to breath new life into the area, the government established Jasper Forest Park in the early 1900s, and their plan succeeded. There was an influx of outdoor enthusiasts that revitalized the area. Today, Jasper national park draws almost 3 million visitors every year, and for good reason: It boasts glaciers, hot springs, gorgeous views of the mountain range.[1]

As more people continued to visit the park, the transportation industry recognized the area's potential and The Grand Trunk Pacific Railway laid track from Winnipeg and Jasper. The railroad reached the park in 1911.[2] There was also a road constructed from Jasper to Alberta's capitol, Edmonton. The town, originally called Fitzhugh, grew quickly thanks to the railway station and the visitors it brought. In 1913, the town's changed its name to Jasper to accompany the park.[2]

Jasper Rodeo - Calling all Cowboys and Cowgirls

on Monday, 13 August 2012.

Jasper RodeoThinking of travelling to Jasper this  weekend? Visit the Jasper Heritage Rodeo, from Wednesday August 15th – Saturday August 18th. Watch Award Winning Rodeo Clown Dennis Halstead, CPRA mascot “Bull Jangles”, the Crazy Cowgirl Trick Riders and much more. There will also be beer gardens and a dance Saturday night. Tickets can be purchased from the Athabasca Hotel Lobby, 10:00 – 16.00, and the Jasper Activity Center from 16:30 onwards.

More information at the Jasper Heritage Rodeo  Site. Jasper Rodeo Site

Experience Alberta Like Never Before: Travel the Icefields Parkway

on Friday, 10 August 2012.

Experience Alberta Like Never Before: Travel the Icefields Parkway

Easily accessible from the Overlander Lodge, the Icefields Parkway is a gorgeous exposition of rugged Alberta beauty. Visitors to the area should not miss the chance to enjoy spectacular vistas of mountain peaks, lakes, canyons, waterfalls, and glaciers all strung along one meandering road.

The parkway offers the perfect vehicle to tour the system of national parks declared UNESCO world heritage sites to preserve their ecosystems and inspire future generations with the beauty of the Canadian Rockies. The parkway amazes from the first hour, with views of the breathtaking Athabasca Falls, to the last, which offers views of the historic, beautiful Vermillion Lakes. Stretching 232 km through the Rockies, the Icefields Parkway runs between Jasper and Banff. Depending on traffic, it can take as little as three hours, or up to five, to drive the entire length of the parkway. Even if the drive is long, there are plenty of opportunities for visitors to get out of the car: the parkway is riddled with stop-offs with access to hiking, picnicking, fishing, and ice tours.

Pick Your Own Food: Wild Edibles Around Overlander Lodge

on Friday, 03 August 2012.

While trekking through the pristine wilderness around the Overlander Mountain Lodge,  a hungry hiker may be tempted to snack on tasty-looking flora. Before you pick and eat wild food, though, it's important that you're sure that they're not poisonous. There are quite a few varieties of edibles growing around the Canadian Rockies, so be sure to brush up before you begin foraging for a meal.


1. Black Morel

Black Morel Mushroom

These tasty delicacies grow throughout Jasper National Park in the early spring. Morels vary in size in color, but they have a distinct honeycomb cap that is joined to the white, hollow stem. When you pick morels, make sure to examine them closely. Be sure that the cap is connected to the stem and that the stem is hollow; false morels do not have a continuous hollow chamber. It's also important to cook morels before you eat them, and not to consumer morels with alcohol, as they may be poisonous. 

Unique Accommodations to remember - The Alberta Charming Inns

on Friday, 27 July 2012.

A Bear and Bison InnIf you're hunting for a profound, unique getaway, consider one of the Charming Inns of Alberta. They're a select group of beautiful, secluded vacation accommodations designed to offer uninterrupted solitude, peace, and relaxation. At any of Alberta's Charming Inns, you'll get the chance to truly leave the hassle and stress of everyday life behind as you immerse yourself in the spectacular scenery and incredible hospitality.

Prairie Accommodations

The Prairie Creek Inn, Heartwood Inn & Spa, and Elkwater Lake Lodge & Resort are located on the Alberta prairies. Each one offers luxury amenities -- the Prairie Creek in offers fireplaces and double soaker tubs in their cottages and suites -- and gourmet restaurants. These inns offer spa options, like the indoor saltwater pool at the Elkwater Lake Lodge and the herbal baths and massages at the Heartwood Inn & Spa. A relaxing weekend getaway in the gorgeous Alberta wilderness could be just what you need to recharge your batteries.

Charming Inns of Alberta

on Wednesday, 18 July 2012.

Charming Inns of Alberta

Overlander Mountain Lodge Jasper Park

The Overlander Mountain Lodge is a proud founding member of the Charming Inns of Alberta. It is a collection of Unique Inns and Lodges, privately owned, that focus on a unique guest centered experience.Nestled at the edge of Jasper National Park, overlooking the majestic Rocky Mountains, sits the Overlander Mountain Lodge. This jewel in the Canadian Rockies offers spectacular views, gourmet dining and ultra-comfortable lodging. Warm hospitality and a casual yet cozy atmosphere are combined in a mountain setting of unique, natural beauty. Lodge rooms with mountain views: We attract guests looking for a unique choice — a peaceful, invigorating mountain getaway in an authentic Canadian log lodge environment — rather than a standard hotel. Accommodations include the Lodge Mountain View and Garden View rooms, Miette rooms, Cabin rooms and pet-friendly kitchenettes.

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We were looking for a quiet relaxing getaway and the Overlander provided just that. The staff was very friendly and the view from the restaurant is enchanting.

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