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Jasper National Park
Jasper National Park and Banff National Park are oftentimes confused with one another, or thought of as a single entity, but FlightHub’s here to set the record straight. Located just north of Banff and connected by the Icefields Parkway, Jasper National Park is twice the size of Banff with over 10,000 km2 of protected park to explore and wander. Being farther from the major city of Banff also has its perks for the more recluse tourist: with less people around, there’s more space to enjoy and less noise to accompany your trip into the wild. Jasper is definitely more laid back, so if you’re traveling with young children and family, Jasper is an ideal location to see.
Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the park is equipped with many different trails to hike, walk and explore. As the largest of the Rocky Mountain parks in Canada, FlightHub strongly encourages you to explore the mountains (responsibly!) and make sure to snap a quick picture before you go. Taking a tour of the Columbia Icefield Glaciers, or if you’re feeling adventurous make your way to the cliff-edge walkway of the Glacier Skywalk and see if you can stomach the glass floor!
Marmot Basin is Ski Canada’s highest elevation base, making this the go-to mountain for ski and snowboarding fun. With such a high elevation, FlightHub would like to remind all those who visit the mountain to bring proper equipment and apparel while skiing down. If you’re uninterested in making you way down this snowy mountain, then why not consider visiting the Miette hot springs! Naturally heated water from the Rocky Mountains
Banff National Park
Just south of Jasper National Park lies Banff; a city and national park that is internationally recognized and sought after tourist destination. The proximity of the park to the Calgary Airport makes it convenient and easy to access, meaning you can get to your wilderness retreat in no time and with virtually no problem! Compared to Jasper, Banff is a much busier city and park than its northern neighbour, Jasper. A mecca for many international tourists (especially Australians), Banff is more of a party city, with a busier atmosphere and more flavourful nightlife. That being said, Banff still offers a wide variety of family-friendly activities and is home to some of the most spectacular landscapes and lakes in all of Canada.
Among the most popular sites to see in Banff is the world-renowned Lake Louise and the iconic Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel. This beautiful castle hotel is located right on the edge of the picturesque Alpine town, and gently hugs the turquoise blue waters of the lake, which is only steps away! With stupendous views and more hiking trails than you could dream of, this is a perfect place to unwind and relax while in the heart of the Canadian Rockies.
Though there’s plenty to do on the ground level, FlightHub encourages you to get up to the mountains for the most spectacular views you’ll ever see. Take a gondola up to the Sulphur Mountains, with an elevation of over 2,200m, and get the 360°view from the top!