Jasper National Park is located in the Canadian Rocky Mountains and is with a size of 10 880 square kilometers the largest and most northerly of the four adjoining mountain parks. The wonderful park of glacial origin, with towering mountain peaks up to 3747 m, is home to an abundant wildlife, including moose, elk, mule deer, black bear, coyote and bighorn sheep.
Columbia Icefield is a mass of ice, containing about 30 glaciers. It is the largest accumulation of ice in the Rocky Mountains, covering about 230 sq km of snow and ice to a depth of 365 m.
The icefield offers some spectacular views of white, towering peaks. It can be reached from the Icefields Parkway, a picturesque route connecting Lake Louise and Jasper. Snowcoaches bring you up the glaciers for some breathtaking views.
Just 30 km south of Jasper, located on the Icefields Parkway, you will find the Athabasca Falls, that plunge over hard rock into a thundering spectacle. View the falls along a self-guided trail, just metres off the highway. The falls are a popular stopping point on your way from/to Jasper. The falls are fed by the Athabasca River, a 1231 km long river ending at Lake Athabasca.