My husband and I went on a very short trip to Jasper, which is still in Alberta. It was about four hours away by car, so still a reasonable trip.
We left in the afternoon, got there by evening, and put up our tent and had supper and sat around the campfire playing cards.
The next day we went to Jasper Lake, which is incredbly clear and very cold, and only a couple of feet deep all the way across. This time of year it was even shallower, and I walked half way across the lake and was only part way up my calf. The lake bottom was soft and sandy, and made for lovely wading.
We then went to a trail that ended at a lookout, but it was 9 K straight up, and we didn’t make it. We likely went 7 K, but we didn’t know how far we had left, and we didn’t have all day to do the trail. Still, it was lovely.
Then we went into the town of Jasper and looked around and got some ice cream. We had stopped in briefly the day before for groceries. Not as touristy as Banff, but close.
Then we headed to Athabasca Falls, which of course were amazing. There was a handy walking path all the way around it, which was good because we were exhausted after the hike.
We decided to head back that night, because my husband had to go back to work soon. So, we drove through the park to the South, which was a bit out of our way, but worth it. We saw the glaciers, and that’s where we want to explore more next time.
It was a short trip, but the first time we’d been camping in about five years, since we didn’t have anyone to look after our animals (we do now).
Hopefully we can do some more camping next summer.