Situated in the northern Canadian Rocky Mountains, Jasper National Park is the perfect destination for an ice climbing adventure. With icefalls and frozen waterfalls appropriate for every level of climber and incredible natural beauty at every turn, there’s nowhere better to be this winter.
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Approximately 300 kilometers west of Edmonton and only a bit farther from Calgary, Jasper National Park is a haven for ice climbing enthusiasts.
Among the top spots for dedicated ice climbers headed to the park are Maligne Canyon, Tangle Falls and Edge of the World. Each spot makes for a great day of climbing and all three spots can be climbed in a weekend.
Best of all, these three spots are well off the beaten path, meaning you will get to enjoy plenty of these icefalls and immaculate frozen waterfalls all to yourself.
Along with the impeccable natural beauty and the great climbing conditions, many people head to Jasper National Park to see some of Canada’s most iconic wildlife, including elk, caribou, moose, deer, porcupines, lynx, beavers, foxes, otters,, grizzly bears, coyotes, bighorn sheep, black bears, timber wolves, cougars, and wolverines.
During the winter, average daily temperatures range from Jasper National Park 5 to 15 degrees below freezing. Winter is also the wettest time of year, with an average of 160 to 260 millimeters of snow falling per month.
For ice climbing in Jasper National Park, you will likely fly into the international airports in Calgary (YYC) or Edmonton (YEG). From here it is easiest to rent a car and make the 3.5 hour drive to the national park.
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