Guides to Hike, Bike and Ride Jasper National Park – Alberta
By John Crawford
Senior Writer/Jasper National Park
JASPER, ALBERTA (CANADA) – Pathways that provide excellent opportunities to hike, bike and ride Jasper National Park in Alberta, Canada were established long before people started to book vacations to experience Canada’s natural beauty in this park. Elk, bison, bighorn sheep, moose, mountain goats and caribou established pathways in these parts of the Canadian Rockies about 11,000 years ago. Aboriginal people later discovered and used these hoofed-animal trails. In the 1800s, non-native explorers, fur-company employees, railway surveyors and settlers followed.
A few of Jasper’s trails are restricted to pedestrians, but much of the network is shared by hikers, mountain-bikers, equestrians and wildlife. Remember to follow the rules of courtesy and wildlife protection found in the colored boxes in this guide.
The park was founded in 1907. Since then, its natural trail network has been expanded and maintained for the benefit of everyone wanting to experience Jasper’s wildlands. Whether you’re strolling the short Mary Schäffer Loop, hiking all day in the Bald Hills, mountain-biking the Wabasso Trail or riding a horse near Pyramid Lake, there is something in this guide for you.
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