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Jasper National Park, the largest of the Canadian Rockies parks, offers a myriad of trails on which to search for numerous mammal species along with excellent birding opportunities.

Established in 1907, the protection of Jasper National Park has made it an ideal habitat for mammal species including grizzly and black bears, moose, caribou, bighorn sheep, mule deer, beaver, mountain goat, lynx, cougar, wolf, hoary marmot and pika. Jasper National Park also offers excellent birdwatching, with white-winged crossbill, boreal chickadee as well as various species of woodpecker and owl.

At 10,878 square kilometres, Jasper National Park is the largest of the Rocky Mountains national parks in terms of area, but due to its northern location offers a quieter alternative to neighbouring Banff National Park. One of the best ways to explore this pristine wilderness is on one of the numerous walking trails. 

During your time in Jasper, a visit to Maligne Lake is suggested. At 22 kilometres long, it is the largest lake in the Rockies and the second largest glacier-fed lake in the world. A boat trip on the lake opens up to stunning scenery. To the south of the park is the Columbia Icefield, the northern hemisphere’s most extensive glacial area south of the Arctic Circle, which links Jasper to neighbouring Banff National Park.

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Key info

  • Ideal for viewing: brown bear, American black bear, moose, caribou, cougar
  • Where: Alberta, Canada

Wildlife trips

This wildlife location is featured in the following itineraries:

Wildlife of the Canadian Rockies

As well as providing awe-inspiring scenery, the majestic Canadian Rockies are also home to an incredible mix of mammals and birds. This small group trip offers opportunities to search for iconic Canadian wildlife, including moose, grizzly and black bears, in a spectacular mountain setting.

  • When to go: Jun
  • Duration inc. flights: 14 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £6.495 pp
  • Trip type: Group tour

Whales & Mountains

This superb route winds it way through the celebrated Rocky Mountains and into the Pacific Rim National Park on Vancouver Island. This area of ancient coastal rainforest abounds with plant life and is famed for its whale watching, as well as being home to brown bears, wolves and bald eagles.

  • When to go: May-Sep
  • Duration inc. flights: 14 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £3,095 pp
  • Trip type: Tailor-made trip idea