Jasper Tramway Hoary Marmot Sitting

A hoary marmot, whose whistling warning sounds gives the mountain its name, soaks the warming rays of the sun from a prime rocky vantage point.

Jasper Tramway

The Jasper Tramway flies over 1000 vertical metres up The Whistlers.

With the announcements and sounds of an airport (the trips are called flights) and an informative commentary from the conductor (pilot?), it is only a seven minute journey on Canada’s longest and highest guided aerial tramway for superb vistas of Jasper. From the top station (or is that arrival lounge?), passengers are treated to panoramic views of Jasper’s numerous lakes, six mountain ranges, the Columbia Icefield, acres of forest and the elegant bracket-shaped town of Jasper (which cannot grow beyond its current boundaries).

The mountain is called The Whistlers due to the haunting warning sound hoary marmots make to each other. From my vantage point, they didn’t seem to have many concerns basking in the sun on select rocks in complete silence, almost comatosed by the baking spring sunshine and seemingly oblivious to the gawking tourists. Pikas, chipmunks, squirrels and big horn sheep also enjoy the mountain weather but the marmots hold sway on this mountain.

Jasper Tramway View of Jasper

View of Jasper township including its surrounding lakes – Patricia, Pyramid, Edith and Annette.

Jasper Tramway Hoary Marmot Watching

This hoary marmot keeps careful lookout as visitors dismount from the tramway.

A stiff trail extends a further mile to the actual summit for breathtaking views of the surrounding region. Mt Robson (3954 metres), the highest Canadian Rockies peak, tries to break from its cloud cover in the distance.

Jasper Tramway is a highlight journey for superb Rockies views just outside Jasper, but get there early (or late) to avoid snaking queues of people in the busy months. A 30-person car leaves every ten minutes or so from both the base and top stations.

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My name is Mark and I’m a keen traveller. In fact, over the last 25 years, I’ve travelled to every continent and over 80 countries. This blog is about the most memorable destinations – the places I regard as the travel wonders of the world. I’m also a keen photographer, and have taken nearly all the photos you’ll see. During my travels, I’ve met some incredible people, seen inspiring places, viewed extraordinary wildlife and scenery and had some amazing experiences, and I’m writing these stories not only to entertain but primarily to inspire others to discover their own travel wonders.
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