Picture yourself in a mountain getaway surrounded by towering peaks, untouched wilderness and turquoise lakes tucked into alpine valleys. Jasper National Park is the stuff that postcards are made of.
Part of a collective UNESCO World Heritage Site, it is also the second largest dark sky preserve in the world – and the only one with a human population in the centre of it. The town of Jasper is an authentic mountain community where the locals welcome you as a long lost friend. You will find all the comforts you could wish for, from luxury accommodation to charming cabins and fully serviced campsites, to eclectic shopping and dining options. Wildlife is abundant, even right in town. Where else will you find a herd of elk napping on the lawn?
In summer, ride or hike the Easy Trails system – six different ways to see the best of the Athabasca river valley. Swing the day away in a fairy-tale mountain setting at the award winning Jasper Park Lodge Golf Course. In winter, ski Marmot Basin, 30 minutes from town.
This is the largest of our Rocky Mountain national parks, located 370 km (192 mi) west of Edmonton and 404 km (256 mi) from Calgary. Jasper and Banff are connected by the Icefields Parkway (Hwy 93), with more than a hundred glaciers visible from the road. Use it to access the Columbia Icefields Glacier Adventure and the stunning Glacier Skywalk.
Icefields. Glaciers. Famous Islands. Dark Skies. Here’s your insider Jasper National Park checklist!
Take the longest and highest guided aerial tramway in Canada and get ready for an astonishing view of six mountain ranges, with the Athabasca River and the town of Jasper nestled at your feet.
Columbia Icefield Glacier Experience
An hour and a half south of Jasper, explore the Athabasca Glacier, part of the colossal Columbia Icefield. At the Glacier Discovery Centre, board a massive Ice Explorer bus with giant rubber wheels and ride right up onto the glacier.
A five minute bus ride from the Glacier Discovery Centre is one truly remarkable viewing opportunity. Glacier Skywalk is a feat of engineering cantilevered out over the Sunwapta Valley. The fully accessible cliff-edge walkway leads to a glass floored observation platform 280 m (918 ft) above the valley floor.
Ten minutes northeast of Jasper, Maligne Canyon is one of the most spectacular gorges in the Rockies, plunging to depths of over 50 m (165 ft). Come back in winter and do the famed ice walk.
Celebrating its 50th birthday in 2014, Marmot Basin is home to some of the most breathtaking and unspoiled views anywhere in the Canadian Rockies. Ski Canada’s highest base elevation at 1,697 m (5,568 ft) on terrain suitable for novices to experts.
Miette Hot Springs
Inside the park in the wild Fiddle Valley about an hour northeast of Jasper is Miette Hot Springs. These are the hottest mineral springs in the Rockies, cooled to a comfortable temperature of 40°C (104°F) as they enter the hot springs pool. After a good soak, take the short walk to the source of the springs.
Just 44 km (27 mi) south of Jasper, take a boat tour on Maligne Lake to Spirit Island and see why it’s one of the most photographed spots on the planet. The lake is accessible by motor vehicle, including shuttle buses from Jasper.
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