Jasper National Park, Jasper National Park
Tel: 780 852 6176
Concierge.com's insider take:
Encompassing the alpine meadows of Mount Edith Cavell, the surging Sunwapta Falls, the awe-inspiring Athabasca Glacier (which is easily accessible from the Icefields Parkway, but is melting more every year), and the waters of Miette Hot Springs, this Rocky Mountain park is almost as large as Connecticut. About four hours north of Banff, it's one of North America's most-visited backpacking areas, thanks to its network of well-maintained hiking trails. Other local activities include white-water rafting, canoeing, skiing, horseback riding, and golf at the excellent Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge (Old Lodge Road; 780-852-3301; www.fairmont.com/jasper). Many hotels and resorts are clustered in the town of Jasper, but lodges and campgrounds are scattered throughout the rest of the park as well.