Jasper National Park is the northernmost, and by extension, the largest park in the Canadian Rockies, it extends on an area of over 10.800 km². The park was founded in 1907 and today is visited every year by nearly 2,000,000 people.
The park is rich in tourist attractions thanks to the beauty of its mountainous landscape, made of peaks, glaciers, lakes, waterfalls and canyons, and the richness of the flora (1,300 species) and wildlife, including bears, grizzly, brown bears, moose, caribou, deer, mountain goats, Bighorn sheep, beavers, marmots, wolves, etc..
Among the major attractions of the park include: waterfalls like Sunwapta Falls and Athabasca Falls; glaciers as Athabasca Glacier and Angel Glacier on Mount Edith Cavell; placid lakes surrounded by majestic mountain peaks as Maligne Lake, Pyramid Lake or Medicine Lake; hot springs as the Miette Hotsprings. The park is a paradise for lovers of hiking and trekking, it offers more than 1,000 km of marked trails. Even lovers of skiing can be largely met by the ski slopes of Marmot Basin ski area.
The Icefields Parkway, the road connecting the parks of Jasper and Banff, a 230 km long road that comes from Jasper to Lake Louise, is famous for its landscape of glaciers, rivers, lakes and mountains.
Jasper National Park, together with the neighboring national parks of Banff, Kootenay and Yoho, and Mount Robson, Mount Assiniboine and Hamber Provincial Parks, all together with the name of Canadian Rocky Mountain Parks, is since 1984 in the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
JASPER USEFUL INFORMATION
Jasper National Park is open all year. Peak season in the park are the months of July and August, in these months is advisable to book well in advance the hotels.
Tickets: Day Ticket Adult (17 to 64 years) $ 9.80; Senior (over 64 years) $ 8.30; Youth (7 to 16 years) $ 4.90; Family / Group (up to seven people traveling in a single vehicle ) $ 19.60
- Jasper National Park, Alberta, Canada
- Surface: 10.878 km²