Although some of the best running in Jasper is on the tremendous network of trails, there are a few good options for those who want to hit the pavement. A couple of good roads for running are in or near town, while others require a bit of a drive to get there. This road biking map has excellent information about the area’s roads (shoulder, traffic count, etc.). Top recommendations for roads or gentle paths for running:
Town of Jasper. See our separate post for the best road, path, and trail running in/near town. Town Map.
Pyramid Lake. The 14 km ride from Jasper to Pyramid Lake is popular with cyclists, but for running, the best bet is the 3-4 km section along the lake itself, including a fun jaunt out to Pyramid Island. It’s a 6-7 km run, with two modest hills. 6.3 km out and back, 71m gain. MAP Option: there’s a trail above the road that is more wooded but not too difficult.
Campgrounds Loop and Jasper SkyTram Road. For a quiet road run, one can several km around the Whistlers and Waipiti Campgrounds. It’s always fun to see the variety of camping get-ups. Trail If you want a steady climb, take the road next to the campground off AB-93 that leads to the Jasper SkyTram. It’s a steady, 250m (880 feet) climb over 3.3 km (6.6 out and back).
Medicine Lake. The relatively quiet Maligne Lake Rd. heads for 50+ km from Jasper to Maligne Lake. The most scenic section is the 6.5 km along Medicine Lake (25 km east of Jasper), which has lovely lake & mountain views on rolling hill terrain. MAP If you continue for another 20 km to Maligne Lake, the road ends but there’s a nice 4 km flat, semi-paved path, split along each side of the lake.
Snaring Rd. This quiet road off the Yellowhead Highway (AB-16) 12 km north of Jasper is good for running. Paved for about 5 km up to the Snaring River crossing, then it beomes more rugged and remote.