Jasper National Park, Alberta, Canada, is one of the natural highlights of a trip through the Rocky Mountains. Jasper National Park is the largest national park in the Canadian Rockies, spanning 10,878 km2. It is located in the province of Alberta, north of Banff National Park and west of the City of Edmonton. The park includes the glaciers of the Columbia Icefield, hot springs, lakes, waterfalls and mountains. Wildlife in the park includes elk, caribou, moose, mule deer, white-tailed deer, mountain goats, bighorn sheep, grizzly bears, black bears, coyotes, beavers, Rocky Mountain pikas, hoary marmots, grey wolves, mountain lions, and wolverines.
The town of Jasper, located within the parks' boundaries, serves as the main gateway.
Some of the park's scenic attractions include Mount Edith Cavell, Pyramid Lake with Pyramid Mountain, Maligne Lake, Medicine Lake, and the Tonquin Valley. Other attractions are the Marmot Basin ski area; the Snocoach tours of the Athabasca Glacier, an outlet glacier of the Columbia Icefield; Athabasca Falls; the Jasper Skytram, and numerous other outdoor related recreational activities (such as hiking, fishing, wildlife viewing, rafting, kayaking and camping). The Miette Hot Springs are located close to the northeast entrance. The Miette Hot Springs are created by an extremely hot spring cooled by the mountain to temperatures suitable for humans.
The Icefields Parkway is a highway 230 kilometres in length from Lake Louise in Banff National Park, to Jasper. The highway parallels the continental divide, providing motor and cycle access to the mountains. The Athabasca and Sunwapta Falls are both accessible by the road.
Jasper National Park is open year round. All major travel routes are maintained throughout the year, although temporary closures or warnings may come into effect in the event of adverse weather conditions.
All visitors stopping in the park (even just for gas) require a park permit. If you are driving through non-stop, the pass is not required. Day passes and annual passes are available.
The closest International Airports are in Edmonton (IATA: YEG), 350 kilometres east of the park and Calgary 350 kilometres south of the park. Edmonton is generally a quicker drive but Calgary is a more scenic route and has more international connections.
Viarails' Jasper - Prince Rupert train and the Canadian both serve Jasper. Trains go three times a week in either direction (east to Toronto, west to Vancouver on the Canadian, and also three times a week to Prince Rupert, with an overnight stop in Prince George.
Highway 16 (Yellowhead) bisects the park east-west. Hinton is 69 kilometres and Edmonton is 350 kilometres to the east. Valemount is 110 kilometres to the west. The only other way into the park is from Lake Louise in the south via the Icefields Parkway.
Greyhound buses go from Jasper to Edmonton (4.5 hours), Prince George (5 hours), Kamloops (6 hours) and Vancouver (11.5 hours).
Brewster Transportation has services to Lake Louise village (4.5 hours) and Banff (5.5 hours).
The following options are in Jasper town:
|HI Beauty Creek||Box 387, Jasper T0E 1E0||Hostel||-|
|HI-Athabasca Falls||C/O Box 387 Jasper, AB T0E 1E0||Hostel||-|
|HI-Jasper||Box 387 Alberta||Hostel||80|
|HI-Maligne Canyon||C/O Box 387 Jasper, AB T0E 1E0||Hostel||80|
|HI-Mt. Edith Cavell||C/O Box 387 Jasper, AB T0E 1E0||Hostel||-|
|Miette Guest House||804 Miette Avenue||Guesthouse||-|
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