A Short Trip to Wabamun, Hinton, and Jasper

Mark Gordon BrownStarred Page By Mark Gordon Brown, 27th Sep 2014 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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Last week was my vacation. Although I had a week off work we only went away for a few days. My wife and I drove north from our home near Pigeon Lake, up to Lake Wabamun, then over to Hinton, then to Jasper,and south to Fort Saskatchewan Crossing, before coming home.

Lake Wabamun

My wife had heard of Lake Wabamun as a child growing up in Edmonton so we had decided to stop there for the night. Wabamun was very disappointing though, I would not stay there again if I was looking for a scenic or romantic getaway, but it was a good place to stop just based on time.

Wabamun was a scruffy little town with not much to see. It did have a giant dragonfly sculpture and I heard there were nice walking trails nearby but we did not see them. The hotels where near the water but nothing special in terms of views or location, mind you our hotel had a great breakfast.

Pembina River

One of the highlights of the trip was stopping at the Pembina River Provincial Park for an hour (in the morning). It was cold and raining but the area was spectacular and it would have been a great place to hike and explore on a better day.

Due to the weather I was not able to get better photographs but I assure you the scenery was great, there were amazing cliffs and lots of hiking trails. They had a decent looking campground too.


We drove further west to Hinton, which is where we were going to spend our second night. We stopped at the tourist information booth to ask what there was to see and do in Hinton. She said "no much" but recommended a nice hike to the "Beaver Pond".

Both my wife and I were very impressed with the Beaver Pond area, there was an extensive boardwalk and trails that went deep into the woods.

We were told to come back after 6:00pm for the best chances of seeing a beaver, and we ended up seeing two, another couple saw a larger beaver in a different part of the pond and were even closer to it than we were to the ones we photographed, which where the pups, the larger one was one of the parents apparently. My wife got a different picture of one of the youngsters.

There was another smaller part with interpretive walk which we enjoyed too but the Beaver Boardwalk would be the place I would most recommend visiting in Hinton for anyone else passing through.

Jasper and Area

We stayed overnight in Hinton as it is close to Jasper but cheaper. Jasper can refer to the townsite of Jasper or the National Park, noting that you have to pay to get into the park. Jasper is a very popular tourist destination.

We stopped in Jasper to eat lunch and look around a bit. Then we drove south and made a few stops along the way. It was a cool day.

We had really wanted to see Maligne Lake and the famous Spirit Island. The road to Maligne Lake was long but had a great stop along the way which turned out to be Medicine Lake (the stop is unmarked). At Maligne Lake there is a gift shop and place to eat as well as boat trips a person can take up this long and narrow lake. We realized that you probably needed to take this boat to see Spirit Island. We did not go on the boat. We did see a moose though.

South of Jasper we stopped at Sunwapta Falls, another good stop, and we hiked to the lower falls. We then drove south past the Icefields (which we had visited before on another trip and went home).

Overall Review of My Holiday to Jasper and Area

As I mentioned we were disappointed with Wabamun, if a person is looking for a better place to visit on a day trip from Edmonton or Leduc, I would honestly send them to Pigeon Lake and to the Village at Pigeon Lake specifically.

We loved Pembina and it would have been a great place to hike around if the weather was not raining at the time.

The Beaver Boardwalk in Hinton was great and we found Hinton to have a good choice of Hotels if a person wanted to visit Jasper for a day but to save money.

We love visiting the National Parks in the Rocky Mountains but note the time on your park pass, they often want you to leave the park by 4:00 pm if you get a day pass so be sure to arrive early.

Other Tourist Areas in Alberta

Further south, near Banff, I recommend Johnston Canyon

Also in Alberta, but further east, and not in the mountains I recommend Drumheller

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author avatar Mark Gordon Brown
Raised in Michigan, I have a son who recently joined the Military. I am living in Canada with my wife where we have a hobby farm.

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author avatar Nancy Czerwinski
27th Sep 2014 (#)

Mark, excellent article and great pictures. I loved the picture of the beaver in the pond. Thanks for sharing your adventure.

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author avatar Retired
28th Sep 2014 (#)

Interesting article, Mark.

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author avatar Fern Mc Costigan
28th Sep 2014 (#)

Awesome travelog and well informed too, cheers!

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author avatar Retired
28th Sep 2014 (#)

Nice. Thanks for sharing. :)

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author avatar Delicia Powers
28th Sep 2014 (#)

Lovely trip and great photos...thanks Mark.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
28th Sep 2014 (#)

Canada is obviously a place of distances with nature bounteous both in terms of beauty as well as the resources it holds, Thanks Mark for this nice share - siva

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author avatar Ptrikha
29th Sep 2014 (#)

Good pictures. Not many people seem around. Is it off-season for these places?

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author avatar snerfu
30th Sep 2014 (#)

Sounds like you had a great time anyway. But it seems like there are no eateries around.

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author avatar Utah Jay
8th Oct 2014 (#)

I like the sounds out of doors, to hike the trails. It all sounds so beautiful. We are surrounded by 11,000 foot mountains here in Salt Lake. I got the chance for many nice shots (pictures) at a bull moose the other day on a short hike just 20 minutes away. I would love to see Canada one day...Thanks for all you do for us here on wikinut, you are a good man.

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author avatar AjaySinghChauhan
25th Oct 2014 (#)

interesting post and thanks for sharing it with us

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author avatar Nancy Czerwinski
28th Mar 2015 (#)

Mark, I stopped back to read this article again. Great pictures!

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