Last year my husband and I took an amateur photography course at a studio near our home. Of all the photos our instructor Robert shared, it was his trip to Jasper National Park in Alberta’s Canadian Rocky Mountains that inspired us most.
Seeing his photos of Maligne Lake made us instantly fall in love with this pristine, postcard perfect wilderness. We decided to explore the mountain culture in Alberta for ourselves and cross this photographer’s dream destination off our bucket list.
Experience Jasper National Park Thrills
We captured a trip of a lifetime with our cameras, enjoying panoramic aerial views, scenic landscapes and whitewater action shots. We wanted to pack as much exploring into the trip as possible, so we booked a value package that included passes for the park, a Maligne Lake cruise and a whitewater rafting trip with Maligne Rafting Adventures.
Maligne Lake Scenic Cruise
When on Maligne Lake’s turquoise waters, I lifted my gaze to marvel at the shoreline forest of evergreens. Towering snow-capped mountains surrounded us. Standing at the very scene that prompted this trip was a gift and its beauty filled my heart. As we passed by Spirit Mountain – an iconic Canadian Rockies landmark – I was keenly focused, angling for the perfect shot. Our instructor would have been proud.
Action Packed Whitewater Rafting
We started the next day with a high-octane paddle down the Athabasca River. The rapids were fast, cool and fun. The Athabasca is a designated Canadian Heritage River, because of its scenic beauty and a role in the historic fur trade. Thanks to a few stretches of calmer water – and a waterproof camera – we managed to document most of this exhilarating adventure. It was our first time whitewater rafting but definitely won’t be our last.
Above the Clouds in Jasper National Park
Our adrenalin-filled morning carried into the afternoon when we boarded Canada’s longest and highest aerial tramway, the Jasper SkyTram. Learning about the geology, flora and fauna of the area on the seven-minute ride up Whistlers Mountain to the upper station, at an altitude of 2,277 m (7,472 ft), was only the beginning. At the summit we were spellbound by the 360-degree panoramas spread out before us – six mountain ranges, turquoise glacial lakes and the serpentine Athabasca River winding through the town of Jasper far below.
As I reached for my camera I already knew, no matter how great the shot, nothing would top seeing this scenic paradise first hand.
- Whitewater Rafting
- Boat Cruises