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City walking tour

Drive Wilcox Pass to Jasper

City walking tour · Alberta
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  • The convergence of Miette River and Athabasca River just outside Jasper
    / The convergence of Miette River and Athabasca River just outside Jasper
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Drive the final part of the stunning Icefields Parkway as you pass peaks and lakes on both sides en route to the iconic town of Jasper. 

106.2 km
1:30 h
270 m
1235 m
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Author
Hannah Lafleur
Updated: October 05, 2018

Highest point
2022 m
Lowest point
1038 m
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Tips, hints and links

Points of Interest

Columbia Icefield Discovery Center

This is the hub of all information and activities for the Icefields Parkway and Athabasca Glacier. Stop by to learn more about the area, grab a bite and learn more about taking a bus ride out onto the Glacier. 

 

Glacier Skywalk

You may have seen photos of this iconic bridge suspended over the valley below. Made completely of glass and positioned at the perfect angle, it's the perfect place to take some pictures. Tickets to walk on the bridge can be purchased locally. 

 

Athabasca Falls

This is a quick stop to see cascading falls from the Athabasca River. 

 

Food & Drink

Columbia Icefield Discovery Center

There are food options in the Discovery Center and if you're lucky you may even get a table with a view of the glaciers across the valley.

 

Sunwapta Falls Rocky Mountain Lodge

Order at the counter cafe for a perfect place to stop for a cup of coffee, snack bar or afternoon pastry. There's plenty of seating and a gift shop in the same area.

 

Jasper Brewing Company - Jasper

At about six in the evening, the crowds start gathering here as tourists and locals alike wait for a table. The food is delicious and the beers are even better! Get here early for a picnic table outside.

 

Syrahs of Jasper - Jasper

This wine bar also serves up great Canadian fare fresh from the area.

 

Robinsons AG Foods - Jasper

There are a few Grocery stores in Jasper but this one is the biggest and has the most variety. It's a little off the beaten path but worth the extra few blocks walk to get what you need. 

Start

Wilcox Pass Trailhead / Wilcox Creek Campground (2022 m)
Coordinates:
Geographic
52.218260, -117.184840
UTM
11U 487372 5785330

Destination

Downtown Jasper

Turn-by-turn directions

Note: Road closures and conditions may change without notice and due to circumstances beyond our control. We recommend using these notes in conjunction with a GPS navigation system while in your car and visiting www.drivebc.com and 511.alberta.ca for additional travel information.  

If you are using your own GPS, you might consider typing in the name of your accommodation. Otherwise, these directions will take you directly to public parking near the center of town.

 

0.0km - Departing the Wilcox Pass Trailhead parking lot the way you came, TURN RIGHT onto AB-93 N.

105km - AB - 93 N will become Connaught Dr/AB-16A. Continue STRAIGHT ON to Connaught Dr/AB-16A.

1.4km - You’ll reach the edge of Jasper’s Main town. There is a parking lot and public restrooms on your right if you’d like to park and explore town!

Arrival by train, car, foot or bike


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Distance
106.2 km
Duration
1:30 h
Ascent
270 m
Descent
1235 m

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