Isn't Canada pretty freaking great? We have the nicest people, the best poutine, and above all, we have arguably the most stunning views in the entire world (though in my opinion there isn't much of an argument). We have a whole mountain range right in our backyard!
Wherever in Canada you may live, you HAVE to make it out to Jasper, AB at least once in your lifetime (and if you live in Alberta, no excuses, get in your car right now). The gorgeous alpine town has some of the most breathtaking views you've ever seen (or ever will see). You know what that means folks, some bomb af Instagrams that will totally impress your entire feed.
Here are 9 of the most Instagrammable photo spots in Jasper that will definitely inspire major wanderlust in all of your followers:
How to get there: 48 km SE of Jasper. From the town, take Hwy 16 towards Edmonton, then turn right on Maligne Lake Road.
This is one of the most photographed islands in the entire world, and it's pretty easy to see why. It's so iconic that all of your friends will immediately know you're living it up in Jasper, and they will be jealous. Not to mention, you will be standing there left jaw dropped taking in the amazing view.
2. Lake Annette
How to get there: It's 6 km from the town of Jasper, off of Maligne Lake Road towards Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge.
This photo spot comes complete with a sandy beach and mountain views (which, if you've spent much time in the rockies, you know is pretty rare). The colours here are unreal, especially the way the water reflects the gorgeous hues above. 10/10 would Instagram.
How to get there: 7 km North of Jasper townsite, once you hit Pyramid Lake Resort it's 1km past that.
This lake is not only a prime spot for a beautiful IG, but also a popular fishing spot, if you're into that sort of thing. You'll get the best shots here if you visit in the early hours of the morning (I know I know, but grab some coffee and make the effort, it's worth it I promise).
How to get there: Only 2 km south of Jasper, all you need to do is Take Hwy 93A leaving Jasper, and turn left right after crossing Hwy 16.
This is a classic lookout that is just beyond the town limits of Jasper, and provides views of the Athabasca River and the town of Jasper itself. To get to the summit and get the best views, you need to take a little trail (that is slightly steep in places). The quickest way to the top is up the stairs that start by the cliff.
How to get there: Cavell Lake from Tonquin Valley trail – park across from the Edith Cavell Hostel.
The best thing about this place is that any spot along the trail could be a prime photo-op. Not only can you get some great photos, but you can also take a nice hike that isn't too gruelling - the perfect way to take in the surrounding natural beauty!
How to get there: 30 km SE of Jasper. From Jasper, take Hwy 16 towards Edmonton, and turn right on Maligne Lake Road.
For all of the photographers out there, this is a definite pit stop you need to make if you're heading to Jasper. The water levels vary from season to season, exposing new and different opportunities for great photos, plus the mountain peaks in the background are LIT.
7. Wilcox Pass
How to get there: This one is a little out of the way as it's 108 km south of Jasper, with a right turn into Wilcox Creek Campground.
Grab your hiking shoes for this one, because the best views are worth working for. It's a 3-4 hour hike to the summit, but once you're there you'll have stunning views of the Athabasca glacier. It's the perfect place to scream "I'M THE KING OF THE WORLLLLLLD" from the top of your lungs, too.
How to get there: 11 km SE of Jasper. From the town, take Hwy 16 towards Edmonton and turn right on Maligne Lake Road.
This place is seriously unique. It's like the colder, Canadian version of Arizona's Antelope Canyon. If you go in the colder months, the waterfalls freeze over and make for some insane ice formations (that people actually climb!!). Summer months make for a luscious and flowing landscape that is straight out of a dream.
How to get there: 97 km SE of the town of Jasper, head south on Hwy 93 and the destination is on the right.
This is definitely the most populated tourist spot for photos, but it's undeniably beautiful and definitely worth making it out to. If you're coming from Calgary, it's the perfect place to check off on your way to Jasper. If you're afraid of heights... maybe not.