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.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.