Jasper Na­tional Park

Canadian Running - - EXOTIC DESTINATION -

Western Al­berta

Banff ’s less f lashy lit­tle si­b­ling, Jasper of­fers all the moun­tain with­out the glitz. Like Banff, there are heaps of great runs to be had start­ing from the town­site, and then a mul­ti­tude of front coun­try and back­coun­try op­tions. But re­ally, you’re in the thick of the wild wher­ever you go. (The au­thor was once nar­rowly not-smacked by a gal­lop­ing elk while run­ning just out­side the town­site.) Triedand-true routes range from Maligne Canyon – prob­a­bly the best af­ter­noon moun­tain jog-jaunt one could ask for in life – to the Sky­line – the in­for­mal, must-do 44-kilome­tre moun­tain marathon – to the 192-kilome­tre North Bound­ary Trail. Don’t for­get to stop at Mi­ette Hot Springs af­ter­wards.

Ideal des­ti­na­tion if:

You want the iconic Rocky Moun­tain ex­pe­ri­ence but sans some of the mad­ness.

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