The breathtaking views from the Jasper Skytram

Nikon D800, 1/320 sec., f/10, ISO 100, 14mm

Nikon D800, 1/320 sec., f/10, ISO 100, 14mm

The Jasper Skytram is Canada’s longest and highest aerial tram. Reaching a height of 2277m above sea level, it gives you 360 degree views of the majestic landscapes of the Canadian Rocky Mountains. It is one tramway that should not be missed.

Nikon D800, 1/500 sec., f/9.0, ISO 100, 185mm

Nikon D800, 1/500 sec., f/9.0, ISO 100, 185mm

Located just 10 minutes from Jasper, Alberta, the Skytram is a seven-minute ride up to the side of Whistlers mountain. Pay attention during this seven-minute tram ride because the views are magnificent well before you reach the top. As seen below, you’re surrounded by trees lined all along the mountainside for some breathtaking vistas.

Nikon D800, 1/640 sec., f/4.0, ISO 100, 24mm

Nikon D800, 1/640 sec., f/4.0, ISO 100, 24mm

And of course, the curious me had to take a photo of the inside of the Jasper SkyTram as well. The tram operator was explaining to us the scenes surround us and told everybody to look towards our left as he explained what we were looking at.

Nikon D800, 1/320 sec., f/4.0, ISO 100, 24mm

Nikon D800, 1/320 sec., f/4.0, ISO 100, 24mm

Once you get off the tram, you are confronted with views that literally take your breath away. Everywhere you look the beauty of the Rocky Mountains sits in front of you, it’s hard not to be awestruck. The observation deck just outside the tram station allows for people to enjoy the view from behind a barrier.

Nikon D800, 1/250 sec., f/9.0, ISO 100, 195mm

Nikon D800, 1/250 sec., f/9.0, ISO 100, 195mm

You can see the turquoise lakes scattered across Jasper National Park, and reminisce about the time you were actually standing there—or tell yourself you’ll be there tomorrow!

Nikon D800, 1/125 sec., f/10, ISO 100, 160mm

Nikon D800, 1/125 sec., f/10, ISO 100, 160mm

Once you get off the tram, you have the option of hiking further up the mountainside for a truly magical view all around you. The hike can be somewhat challenging but take your time and you’ll be glad you made the effort to get there.

Nikon D800, 1/80 sec., f/9.0, ISO 100, 175mm

Nikon D800, 1/80 sec., f/9.0, ISO 100, 175mm

Once at the top, you’ll come to a dial that displays the direction of various locations around the province, showing you how far it is from where you are standing.

Nikon D800, 1/400 sec., f/9.0, ISO 100, 14mm

Nikon D800, 1/400 sec., f/9.0, ISO 100, 14mm

The summit is quite flat allowing you to walk all around. On one side you’ll see snow-capped mountaintops like below, while on the other side, you’ll see the town of Jasper and the surrounding mountain ranges. Either way, you’re in for a treat.

Nikon D800, 1/500 sec., f/9.0, ISO 100, 200mm

Nikon D800, 1/500 sec., f/9.0, ISO 100, 200mm

Be careful walking around though as the winds can change in an instant. From calm and windless one second to winds that can topple you off your feet the next, you’ll have to be wary of this change in weather pattern while up here.

Nikon D800, 1/250sec., f/11, ISO 100, 14mm

Nikon D800, 1/250sec., f/11, ISO 100, 14mm

The tram station sits on top overlooking the entire national park, really giving you a sense of how high up you are.

Nikon D800, 1/500 sec., f/7.1, ISO 125, 90mm

Nikon D800, 1/500 sec., f/7.1, ISO 125, 90mm

The Jasper Skytram is one tramway that I will always recommend to people when in the area. And if you’re wary about the price of the ticket, I’d say it’s worth every penny. If you ask which one I prefer between the Jasper Skytram and the Banff Gondola, which I reviewed here, I’d have to say I did like the more wild and open nature of the trip up the Jasper Skytram. The view I felt was more raw and breathtaking—don’t get me wrong, the Banff Gondola was still great in its own way.

Click here for more information on the Jasper Skytram.

Have you been up the Jasper Skytram? What was your experience like up here?

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