Located in Alberta, Canada, The Jasper National Park is the largest in the Canadian Rockies and is wild in every sense of the word. The landscape covers a large region of rugged trails and mountainous trails set against fragile protected ecosystems. It has the healthiest population of grizzly bears, moose and elks along with thousands of species of flora and insects.
Facts On The Park
Landscape: The Park offers more than 615 miles of hiking trails, which you may visit by day or overnight. It has rough-and-tumble mountains, valleys, glaciers, meadows and rivers along the eastern slopes of the Rockies.
Preserve: Jasper was established in 1907 and is a protective area for much of the wildlife that was once commonplace in the West. The park’s geographic location and climate serves as a safe haven for a variety of species.
World Heritage Site: Jasper is part of the UNESCO Canadian Rocky Mountain Park World Heritage site primarily because of the diversity of wildlife found there. It is home to nearly 70 different species of mammals, whose survival depends on the park. It is very crucial that visitors to the park make as few disturbances as possible.
Jasper is situated at the intersection of Highway 16 (Yellowhead Highway) and Highway 93N (Icefields Parkway). Major National and International carriers service both Edmonton and Calgary international airports, with flights arriving daily. You may rent a car at the airport or travel by rail. Shuttle service is also available.
When to Visit
The park is open all year-round, however the weather and scenery are spectacular in late summer and early fall. You may view the wildlife abound in the park at any time of the year, however its best to visit early morning or late evening during the slow season (fall and spring), particularly if you wish to see the bears, elk and sheep. Camping is popular in the summer and most of the campgrounds remain open up until Labor Day weekend, some also remain open later in the fall.
Photo: Raymond Gehman, National Geographic