There is something magical about Autumn.
The changing leaves enhance natures colour palette and transform the natural world to something we only think is possible through movie magic.
Jasper is stunning. Absolutely stunning.
There is less tourists in Jasper in early Autumn (yay for less crowds) and the quieter atmosphere allows visitors to appreciate nature on a deeper level. There is nothing as refreshing as solitude and fresh mountain air. An added bonus? MORE ANIMAL SIGHTINGS! In early Fall animals are at lower elevations preparing for winter, and they can be seen everywhere. This trip had countless moose sightings. These majestic creatures were seemingly at every turn of the road indulging in the fall foliage.
In October the Canadian Rockies explode with colour as the alpine larch trees turn from a deep green to a vibrant yellow. The contrasting colours is like nothing you’ve ever seen before.
The Maligne Lake Parkway is one of my favourite Jasper adventures. Autumn’s vista is of snowy peaks and rocky shoulders splashed with the brilliance of aspens turning yellow. Medicine Lake empties like a bathtub into underground streams as meltwater-fed creeks dry up.
The road ends at Maligne Lake, the largest lake in the park and the largest glacial-fed lake in the Canadian Rockies.
A close second favourite is Pyramid Lake. The calm waters reflect the golden forest and nothing on earth is as photogenic as this vista. I dare you to find something more glorious!
Don’t forget to look up when darkness falls!