World's Greatest Places 2021
July 20, 2021 6:33 AM EDT

Jasper, Alberta, with more than 400 cabins, cottages and other individual lodgings, is the Great White North’s self-­proclaimed cabin capital and the gateway to Jasper National Park in the Canadian Rockies. After being closed for a two-year renovation, Whistlers Campground, the largest camping area in the Parks Canada system, is reopening with some major improvements, including repaved roads and new facilities at each of its 781 campsites. There are new food offerings in Jasper as well as the outdoor fun. Jasper Food Tours’ “peak-nic” excursion combines a picturesque hike with a backcountry cooking demo and picnic. And the revamped Maligne Canyon Wilderness Kitchen serves an array of locally smoked meats and hearty sides (like maple baked beans and mac and cheese) at the region’s deepest canyon. Good thing you can walk it off. —Carolyn B. Heller

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