Although the ice climbs in the Jasper/Hinton area are not as concentrated as those along the Columbian Icefield Parkway
and around Banff, there are some quality ice climbs all within an hour's drive of Jasper and Hinton. The added benefit of climbing in the Jasper/Hinton area is the there is 10% of the people, compared to the more popular (and populated) areas to the south.
Many of the climbs in the Jasper/Hinton area are characterized by longer approaches (although not always), moderate grades, and lower avalanche hazard. Joe Josephson's excellent guidebook "Waterfall Ice" can also be referenced for climbs around Jasper, Hinton, and Grande Cache.
The town of Jasper is located approximately 4 hours drive west of Edmonton on Highway 16, while Hinton is 3 hours west. Jasper can also be accessed from the south - the town is approximately 3 hours from Banff and 4 hours from Calgary.
By comparison to Banff (the other town with in the Banff/Jasper National Park system), Jasper is quieter, less busy, and more relaxed. Jasper has a fully stocked climbing store (Gravity Gear) with knowledgable and friendly staff. Ice climbing and skiing gear can be rented here.
A day of ice climbing in Malign Canyon
, followed by beers or special coffees at Jasper Park Lodge (about 5 minutes from Malign Canyon) is really hard to beat.
There is no red tape associated with any of the ice climbs in the Jasper/Hinton area.
There is a hostel
right in the town of Jasper. In addition, there are hostels along the ice field parkway (Highway 93). Many folks also bivy in their vehicles along side the highway at the starting points of their climbs - this is tolerated.
For those with a little bigger budget, there are numerous hotels/motels to choose from in Jasper and Hinton area. This link
provides additional information on camping, hotels and hostels in the Jasper Park area.