Jasper National Park

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Jasper National Park

Jasper National Park is the largest national park in the Canadian Rockies. The Park’s landscapes are diverse – mountains, glaciers, forests, rivers, lakes and valleys – the best the Canadian Rockies have to offer. These views span 11,228 km2, which are a UNESCO world heritage site (like other parks in the Canadian Rockies).

The Park is located on the eastern side of the range, bordering in the south on the equally impressive Banff National Park.

Topography and wild life

Within the Park there are significant topographical differences between areas: the lowest point is 985 meters high and the highest is the peak of Mount Columbia, at a height of 3,747 meters. As a result there are great climate differences between areas, and in accordance the Park’s biological variety is especially rich.

Among other animals, you can see here grizzlies, black bears, cougars (also known as mountain lions or pumas), wolves, various deer like moose, elk and caribou, mountain sheep and bighorn sheep, as well as various species of birds and fish.

The Park can be divided into three areas: the area to the north of Jasper is wild, scarce in infrastructures and abundant in forests. There’s the southeast area, in which the main attraction is Maligne Valley, with two magnificent lakes (Medicine and Maligne) and a deep canyon (Maligne Canyon) in which you can take short breathtaking hikes. The third area is southwest of Jasper, with impressive mountains such as Whistlers Mountain (the tramway is recommended) and Edith Cavell (go by car).

Like Banff, Jasper also has a park administration information center, and we recommend starting the trip with a short visit here to get recommendations and hear updates about the weather, animal encounters, trail condition, etc.

Further Suggestions
  • Maligne Lake Tours
  • Whistler's Mountain Tramway
  • Mt. Edith Cavell
  • Parker's Ridge

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