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Jasper

  • 110Audio Points
  • LocationAlberta, CAN
  • Suggested TimeAllow 1+ Days

What to Expect

Jasper townsite is the hub of Jasper National Park. Touring Jasper can be broken down into 2 parts – a short loop that visits all the best locations that are close to the town and a longer drive to the best corners of the Park. 

Close to town, the benchland that sits above the town enjoys scenic views across Pyramid and Patricia Lakes. Take a ride up onto Whistlers Mountain on the Jasper SkyTram, and have a great chance of sharing excellent views with big horn sheep at the top of the stairs at Old Fort Point.

Explore deeper by heading towards Maligne Lake. On the way stop in to see the historic Jasper Park Lodge and Edith and Annette Lakes. See if you can find the quicksand! Also on the way, stop at the narrow and deep Maligne Canyon. Disappearing Medicine Lake is also viewed before arriving at Maligne Lake. This is the departure point for the Spirit Island cruise.

Extend the drive towards the east entrance and visit Miette Hot Springs for the Rockies hottest soak.

Jasper overall tends to be abundant with wildlife so always keep an eye out for elk, big horn sheep and grizzly bears.

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Highlights

  • Jasper SkyTram*
  • Maligne Canyon
  • Maligne Lake
  • Miette Hotsprings
  • Mt Edith Cavell
  • Old Fort Point
  • Pyramid & Patricia Lakes

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Suggested Start Location

Downtown Jasper

Suggested Time

It is possible to see Jasper’s main sights in a busy day, but we recommended staying overnight (or 2) if possible, so you can take you time and enjoy a hike or two

Driving Distance

There’s approximately 250km (160 miles) of road touring in Jasper

FAQ

WHAT IS UNIQUE ABOUT JASPER NATIONAL PARK?

Jasper is the largest national park in the Canadian Rockies, and connected to Banff National Park along the world-famous Icefields Parkway scenic drive. Jasper is known for its vast wilderness, majestic peaks, wildlife and natural beauty, bringing in visitors from all over the world.

WHAT IS JASPER NATIONAL PARK LIKE?

Extending over 11,000 square kilometres, Jasper National Park is the largest national park in the Canadian Rockies and famous for its natural beauty including mountains, glaciers, wildlife and crystal-clear lakes.

Jasper is a UNESCO’s Canadian Rocky Mountain Parks World Heritage Site and also the second largest Dark Sky Preserve in the world.

IS JASPER IN BANFF NATIONAL PARK?

The town of Jasper is located in Jasper National Park, which borders Banff National Park. These neighboring parks are both equally stunning and attract visitors from all over the world. Jasper is the second most visited national park in Canada after Banff, with around half the visitors.

IS IT WORTH GOING TO JASPER?

Jasper and Banff National Parks are both full of stunning natural scenery, beautiful lakes and hiking trails. Jasper is a 4 hour drive from Banff along the scenic Icefields Parkway, and certainly worth a visit in the Canadian Rockies.

IS HIKING BETTER IN BANFF OR JASPER?

Banff National Park has more options for short hikes that get you to scenic views. You have to work a little harder for your views in Jasper, but that doesn’t mean it’s not worth the effort. Jasper is much less developed and the hiking trails are not as busy.

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