During the month, we used Jasper as our home base, spending a couple of days exploring the surrounding area. We really loved this town with its cozy shops, amazing bakeries and friendly people. One of my favorite places was Pyramid Lake, a beautiful place only 15 minutes from the center of Jasper. On the way there, we saw all kinds of wildlife, including moose, black bears, and elk. And best of all, almost no tourists. It was a great getaway from all the touristy places in Banff.