One of the best things about visiting a scenic area like Jasper and the Overlander is all of the available fun outdoor activities, especially horseback riding. The Canadian Rocky Mountains are the ultimate destination for people who like to spend time outdoors and take in natural vistas. Guests to Overlander Mountain Lodge not only get to stay in comfortable lodge and cabin rooms or charming chalets, but they are close to the nearby attractions that make Jasper so famous.
Jasper National Park and the surrounding Hinton area are two of the best places to view wildlife in all of Alberta. This makes the Overlander Mountain Lodge a great place to stay, as there are many places around it which are perfect for viewing wildlife. In fact, some of the wildlife may wonder right by the cabins at the lodge from time to time, which means it is a good idea to keep a camera ready at all times.
There are many different kinds of wildlife in Alberta including bears, caribou and elk. There are also many beautiful species of birds in the region as well, including the great horned owl, eagles and burrowing owls. Jasper National Park, which is less than 5 mins from the lodge, has wildlife tours for visitors that are available throughout the year. It is highly encouraged to go on a tour which has a guide, as they are experienced with the surrounding area and know the best places to view wildlife. Of course, travellers are always welcome to conduct their own personal tour as well. As a local who has travelled the park roads for 38 years I can tell you that the most wildlife I have see is between Jasper townsite and the Overlander plus the road up to the Miette Hot Springs.
The best way to experience the true beauty of Jasper National Park and to take in the unrivaled views of the Canadian Rocky Mountains is to gently traverse the terrain via the Jasper Tramway. Jasper, winner of a Travelers' Choice Award in 2008, is nestled in the Athabasca River valley in the western part of Alberta, Canada and is only 80 km from Hinton and 50 km from the Overlander Mountain Lodge, basically a 45 minute drive. Guests to the lodge not only get to enjoy luxurious accommodations in hotel-style rooms and vacation homes modeled after chalets, but the best part about their stay is the majestic scenery surrounding Hinton and Jasper National Park.
When you head out to hike Jasper National Park in Canada, there are a few essential items you need to take on your trip. Your laid-back day of fun is not complete without these items because you might find yourself in a bit of trouble without them.
1. Hiking Boots
The most essential item that you need to take on your trip is a pair of broken in hiking boots. Do not buy a pair of new boots and then expect to use them on a day hike without breaking them in first. You want to acclimate your foot to the boot for the most comfort possible. Pay attention to the sensations in your feet and expect to hike about 50 miles before you break in your boots. Questions to ask yourself include how much did your feet sweat? Were there any spots where your foot rubbed against the boot? Could you feel the arch? How did the traction feel?
Located in Jasper National Park in Alberta, Canada, Maligne Lake exemplifies natural beauty with pristine blue water, breathtaking views and undisturbed wildlife. Because of this, many have deemed it the spot of the Canadian Rockies' most famous photograph. For visitors who are staying at Overlander Mountain Mountain Lodge, Maligne Lake is located in Jasper National Park, which is an hours drive away and a perfect getaway to see one of Canada's natural wonders.
Visiting Jasper National Park
Jasper National Park is Canada's oldest and largest national park. The weather in Maligne Lake exemplifies Canada's seasons, with summer being the shortest season. Spring lasts from the middle of April to mid-June. July is the warmest month of the year. Many visitors enjoy Jasper National Park in September and October due to the brilliant fall colors mixed with cool temperatures. January is by far the coldest month in the region, but the entire winter season is defined by cold and stormy weather.
Mount Edith Cavell is a favorite spot for hikers and climbers in Jasper National Park for good reason. The mountain offers trails that wind through pleasant alpine meadows full of wildflowers, pristine glacier-fed lakes, steep cliffs, and stunning glaciers. Visitors can take a leisurely stroll on the Path of the Glacier trail, or test their stamina and strength on a challenging trip up one of the many climbing routes. No matter which path visitors take, there are sure to be plenty of incredible views and natural beauty.
Elk, Bears, Deer and many more
Jasper National Park is home to an incredibly diverse mix of wildlife. Animals and birds can be seen year-round, although some species have specific sleep patterns or migration routes that make them easier to spot at certain times of year. While the unique wildlife in the Jasper and Hinton area is fascinating to watch, some of the animals are susceptible to human disturbance, and others can be very dangerous. It is important to be aware of the different types of animals in the park, and how to respond when you encounter them.
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Golfing Hinton and Jasper
When people think of Hinton and Jasper National Park, they may envision skiing down snow-covered trails, ice skating on mountain lakes, and drinking hot chocolate next to a roaring fire in the ski lodge. However, Hinton and Jasper are both great areas to visit in the summer for the pleasant weather and range of invigorating outdoor sports. The Jasper National Park area is particularly renowned for its stunning golf courses nestled at the foothills of the Rocky Mountains.
The Hinton Golf Club
The Hinton Golf Club has been nicknamed "The Enchanted Forest", as it is nestled in rolling hills at the foot of the Rockies amongst fragrant spruce trees and groves of picturesque birch trees. The course was created in 1962 as a 9-hole course, but was upgraded to an 18-hole course in 1993.
William A Switzer Provincial Park
William A. Switzer Provincial Park is an outdoor enthusiast's dream. This 63 square kilometre park is a vast area of untouched forests, pure mountain lakes and rivers, dense pine forests, and a playground for all sorts of unique wildlife. The park is located just north of Jasper National Park, and sits at the base of the Rocky Mountains. Visitors can enjoy the invigorating clean air, the panoramic views of meadows, forests, and mountains, and the plethora of outdoor activities that await the adventurous in William A. Switzer Provincial Park.
William A. Switzer Provincial Park is located 20 minutes north of Hinton on Highway 40. It features 5 lakes, Gregg, Jarvis, Cache, Blue, and Graveyard. There are plenty of hiking and biking trails, as well as groomed cross-country ski trails, snowshoeing trails, and campgrounds with kitchen and shower facilities that are open year-round. The park also offers facilities with free snowshoe rentals, canoe rentals, fire pits, and picnic areas. In addition, many of the campsites include day-use facilities.
I’ve practiced a lot of yoga. Yoga is like food to me. It’s why I’ve come to The Overlander Mountain Lodge in the heart of the Rockies. I’m at The Overlander for a three-day yoga retreat with David Robson, one of many workshops the lodge offers guests in its spectacular mountain setting and fresh alpine air near Jasper National Park. I’ve practiced yoga as a long-time student in India, New York City, Seattle, Boulder, Iceland, Utah, Mexico, Hawaii, I taught in Washington, DC. . . in 12 years there’s something enchantingly special about yoga at The Overlander though.
Bear safety tips for hiking in Jasper and Banff
Black bear by Overlander Mountain Lodge
Most hikers spend their time on the trails peacefully admiring natural flora and fauna, but those who venture out in Jasper National Park and other parts of bear country have to be on the lookout for grizzlies and black bears. If you spot a bear in the distance, resist the urge to get a closer view and retreat slowly downwind. If the bear has detected you, following these five tips may save your life.
1. Do Not Run.
Most people understandably respond to danger by running away from it as quickly as possible, but unless you have super-human speed, avoid the temptation. Jasper National Park is home to grizzly bears that can sprint up to 35 miles per hour, far faster than any human.
2. Remain Calm.
Slowly take a few steps backward while speaking calmly. Avoid looking the bear in the eyes but never let him out of your sight.
Jasper National Park is one of Canada's most popular natural attractions. The following are five facts about Jasper National Park, which may help to explain the park's enduring popularity.
1. Nature on a vast scale
stretching over an area of 10,878 square kilometers, Jasper National Park is the largest national park in the Canadian Rockies. The highest mountain in Alberta, Mount Columbia, can be found in the Jasper National Park, with a dizzying height of 3747 meters. The park also has Canada's longest underground drainage system. Jasper National Park is a great place to see Canadian beauty on a record-breaking scale.
Hot Springs - Healthy , Relaxing and right in our backyard.
Photo Courtesy of Miette Hot Springs
There aren't many things that only require you to relax and yet are incredible for your health at the same time; but mineral springs are definitely one of them. One of the big problems for many unhealthy (and even healthy) people is stress, and let's be honest, who isn't at least a little stressed out from time to time? Stress can take a huge toll mentally and physically, but the second you step into a hot spring you begin to feel the weight of the world melt from your shoulders. This isn't your mind playing tricks on you, hot springs are scientifically proven to relax you and benefit your entire body.