A wide, mountain-ringed valley of the Athabasca River is filled with sand, a remnant of an immense, ancient ice-age lake. As glaciers grind over the Rocky Mountains and are warmed by the sun, glacial meltwater carries yet more sand into the valley. During dry spells, strong westerly winds blow through the mountain pass and sculpt the sand into long dunes.
Jasper Lake is formed where the river spreads across the flat expanse of sand. Talbot Lake was created when a long dune separated the river from the rest of the valley.
Welcome to the Jasper Dunes virtual tour..
Locations in this tour are indicated on the map. Click on a marker for information.