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5 Ways to Have an Amazing Day in Jasper

on Monday, 22 September 2014.

5 Ways to Have an Amazing Day in Jasper
Hi. I'm Clint Griffiths, one of the owners of the Overlander Mountain Lodge, just outside of Jasper, Alberta. And today I wanted to share with you five things that I love to to do in the Jasper area. I've grown up here all my life, and I know the area very well, so I can give some insight. If you're just visiting for a short period of time, a couple things that you might find enjoyable.

Okay. One of my favorite things to do, and this one is specific if you're staying with us at the Overlander or the new place the Jasper's cabins, is to get up to the Miette Hot Springs for 9:00. You can do that because we're very close to the Miette Hot Springs. We're one of the closest properties. So what I'll do usually is wake up about 8:00 or a quarter after 8:00, have coffee, and then head up to the Hot Springs and then be one of the first people that gets there, so just as it opens. And the thing is, they change the water every night. A lot of the crowds from Jasper don't get up that early to be there. So there's been times when I've had the whole Hot Springs to myself. And to sit in the mountains in these amazing mineral waters, all by yourself, and have the whole facility to yourself-because later in the after noon it actually gets quite busy-so if you can get up there for that time it's just an amazing experience. You're so relaxed, and its one of my favorite things to do to start the day.

Another thing I can highly recommend is checking out some of the mountain bike trails around Jasper. If you don't have your bike with you, you can rent one at Vicious Cycle. My friend Manabu, he owns that. He's another Jasper local, and he knows those trails inside and out. He's been riding them for years. And he can hook you up with a bike, and you can see some of the beautiful Jasper area by mountain bike. There's trails for all levels, so don't get worried that you won't be able to handle it. You have everything. If you really want the crazy stuff, you have that. And if you want the nice, calm mellow stuff, you have that as well.

Okay, another activity you might wanna try is heading up to Maligne Lake. It's quite a drive in that it's probably total about 45 minutes between Overlander and then the turn-off, and then another 30 minutes into the mountains. But the one thing to remember is that this isn't a normal drive. This is-you're going straight through the Jasper National Park past mountains, streams, rivers. There's a high likelihood you'll see animals. It's just breathtaking. So I would try not to focus on Maligne Lake as being the destination, but more of the whole experience. Just take your time and drive slow and enjoy this beautiful part of the world. You'll see once you get up closer into the Hot Springs, because it's just so remote; it's just so quite up there. The mountains are amazing, and then you actually get to this beautiful lake. And there's a tea house there. You can have coffee, or you can rent a canoe, or you can go on the boat that takes you to Spirit Island. So that's an awesome activity to do.

One of the other ones which a lot of people don't think of is to do nothing and just enjoy staying at our hotel or our lodge. Sleep in. Just relax. We have lots of comfortable couches, a big patio. You can lay in the sun if the sun's out, or if its winter you can sit by the fireplace, have a glass of wine at 2:00 in the afternoon, take a nap, read a book, just enjoy doing nothing. You're on vacation. Our lives are so busy these days. You're always trying to do so much. Just taking a day to unwind and relax and not have to be anywhere. It's actually one of my favorite things to do is to have a day of no plans. And at the Overlander we can take care of you, so just enjoy it. And then you can have dinner in our restaurant and just enjoy being on vacation.

Okay, the last activity I want to share with you today is a hike that I really like. It's called the Valley of the Five Lakes. It's one of my favorite hikes in Jasper, mostly because of the beauty of those lakes. There's five of them, obviously, and the unique thing is that each one is a different shade of blue. It's like some of it is almost like a turquoise. It just looks almost like the Caribbean or something. But you can hike around this trail and just get to see some of these beautiful lakes. The trail is probably-I guess depending, it's probably beginner to intermediate. There's a couple hills on it, but you can just take it slow. I've gone on there with my parents and they found it okay. It's not too difficult. You can get trail maps from the Jasper tourist office that will explain a little bit more about it.

So, I hope that was helpful for a couple ideas on things you can do while staying in the Jasper area. Check out our website, We've got lodge rooms, hotel rooms, cabins, chalets, full-sized houses, and we've just built a new property. It's Jasper's only new property. And we've got little red roof cabins there with kitchens, four bedroom, three bedroom, two bedrooms, and one bedrooms. And we're really excited. We'd love to have you as our guest. We'd love to have you come stay with us and just enjoy this area as much as we do. So check out our website, And if you need anything at all, give us a call. We'd be happy to help. And I hope you have an awesome day and enjoy your stay with us in Jasper.

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Clint Griffiths 



7 Reasons To Stay In A Jasper Cabin

on Friday, 22 August 2014.

Jasper Cabins

I had daydreams and fantasies when I was growing up. I always wanted to live in a log cabin at the foot of a mountain. I would ride my horse to town and pick up provisions. Then return to the cabin, with a big open fire, a record player and peace – Linda McCartney

Whether you decide to rent a hotel room or stay in a cabin when visiting Jasper, prepare yourself for an incredible vacation experience. Jasper is an exciting, active community with shops, restaurants, galleries, and museums. The biggest reason people come to the area is of course to witness and experience the natural beauty of the world famous Jasper National Park. If you stay in a cabin when visiting Jasper, you'll get a unique vacation that allows you to immerse yourself in this untouched mountain paradise.

1. Have a True Rocky Mountain Lifestyle Experience

Living and growing up in this area I had no idea how lucky we were to have the forest as our backyard. For people who live in cities or other parts of the world staying in a cabin gives them a chance to experience what it’s like to live in this area and so close to nature. These days it’s easy to have concrete, buildings and shops around you so when you come to Jasper Park why not look out your door to see a mountain instead? Staying in a cabin, like the Overlander’s Jasper Cabins, means being closer to Jasper National Park. In this untouched wilderness, there is a chance to see iconic wildlife like deer, sheep, bear, moose, elk, and eagles.

2. Privacy from neighbors

When staying in a cabin, you won’t share walls with any neighbors, providing an un-crowded experience with plenty of privacy. You can enter and leave your cabin at all hours without worrying about waking up other guests or making your way though a lobby or parking lot. Cabins offer greater autonomy to groups looking for a more independent experience when visiting Jasper.

3. Cook your own meals

One of the benefits of choosing a cabin when you visit Jasper that you have the option to prepare some of your own meals. Often times traveling I would get tired of always eating restaurants. It’s nice to wake up and make breakfast without having to get completely ready for the day. It also helps you avoid the crowds. Eating out all the time also gets expensive so with a combination of self-catering plus some meals out you can create a balance for your budget and your taste.  Staying in a cabin also means you can conveniently store lots of food while you’re away hiking or spending time in town.   

4. Enjoy the stars

As the world’s largest dark sky preserve, Jasper offers breathtaking views of the stars. You really have to see it to believe it. Staying outside the town comes with the added bonus of even darker skies. In summer though you’ll have to stay up pretty late. Sometimes it doesn’t get dark till 11:00 PM! Staying in a cabin allows you to step outside at any hour of the night to behold the amazing vista above. There are no buildings to block the view – you’ll be able to enjoy the sky from the leisurely comfort of your patio and take in the full power of stars on your own terms. Growing up here I remember walking home some nights and having my mouth drop with how beautiful it was.

5. Sit Outside and Breath in the Mountain Air

You didn’t travel all this way to stay cooped up in a hotel room right?  Step out onto your patio and breath in the fresh air without having to go through a hotel lobby. Have your morning coffee out there. Have your glass of wine. Read your book. Unless it’s raining or you are tired from hiking all day you will want to spend your time enjoying nature and breathtaking rocky mountains.

6. More living space

Staying in a cabin means you’ll have more living space than in a hotel room. On days when you’re not hiking in the Jasper park, a cabin can be the perfect place to relax: you’ll be able to stretch out, play cards, read, and enjoy your day in a comfortable space. If you are traveling with a large group a large cabin will give you a chance to spend quality time together versus being separated in two hotel rooms and at a lower price. The size of cabins means that they can sleep more people, enabling groups to split the cost of lodging and still get plenty of space. When you don’t have to rent extra rooms and everyone can gather together more easily.

7. The Only Way to Start Your Day

Waking up and seeing mountains and forest will put a smile on your face to start your day. Walk outside, take a deep breath, feel the rising sun on your face and enjoy your much needed vacation. Make your coffee, sit on the porch with your book and journal and slowly begin to wake up. That’s how I started my day living out here for the last 10 years and it’s awesome (not in winter of course). I’d love for you to experience the same.

If you’re looking to stay in a cabin when visiting Jasper, consider the Overlander’s Jasper Cabins at the foot of Folding Mountain. Recently built (2014), each cabin has log siding and bright red roofs. We offer cabins from single units all the way up to four bedrooms each comfortable, private, and with convenient amenities. If those don’t appeal to you we also have lodge rooms, vacation chalets and an award winning restaurant at our sister property – the Overlander Mountain Lodge

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Wherever you stay when visiting Jasper we hope you have an amazing vacation. If you need any help or advice feel free to call us at 1 877 866 2330. 

Clint Griffiths




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. 

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