Hello all, I'm going camping, most likely solo, the last week of August in the Whistlers campsite in Jasper. I'm 19, a city kid with a limited budget coming from Edmonton, but wanting to see the outdoors. I've got a few questions then to demystify some of the relative "newness" of this experience.
*I know hiking in groups is recommended, in regards to bears, so what would you recommend for me as a solo hiker? I'd like to really explore the trails, but would it be safer to keep to more public ones?
*What are some of the main sites to see/things to do in a 5 day period? I know of Mount Edith Cavell, Icefields Parkway, Miette Hotsprings, and Mount Robson. I'm interested in exploring any hiking spots, lakes, etc.
*I don't want to be intimidated by the whole bear, or even cougar, possibilities in Jasper, but just how common is it to see wildlife such as this on an average hike?
That's it for now, I might think of some more things later.