Jasper National Park is situated 370 km (192 mi) west of Edmonton, 404 km (256 mi) northwest of Calgary and 805 km (500 mi) northeast of Vancouver (map of Alberta).
Highway construction in Jasper National Park
Parks Canada is doing work on Highways 16, 93, and 93A this summer that will impact your travel in and out of Jasper.
Construction inside the park will generally take place on highway and bridge projects from 7 am to 7 pm with no work on long weekends. Bridge lane reductions and lane width narrowing are in effect 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
It is a also good idea to check the latest road construction conditions to ensure you don’t miss your flight, bus, or train.
A great trip starts with good planning:
- For the most up-to-date road information in Alberta, check www.511.alberta.ca or dial 511 (in Alberta only);
- For the most up-to-date road information on the British Columbia side of the park, check www.drivebc.ca or dial 1-800-550-4997;
- Give yourself extra time to reach your destination. Plan for your own comfort by taking along water and some snacks;
- If possible, plan your travel for early in the day or in the evening.
The Trans-Canada Highway #16 (also called the Yellowhead Highway) runs through the park and is the main route to and from Jasper. The Icefields Parkway connects Jasper with the Trans-Canada Highway #1 near Lake Louise and Banff.
All major roads in Jasper are paved and all major highways have paved shoulders. Make sure to factor in plenty of time for breaks, slow traffic, and inclement weather conditions. The maximum speed limit inside the national parks is 90 km/hr, with several areas having slower limits for wildlife safety.
Some roads, especially the Mt. Edith Cavell road, can be rough and difficult to navigate with large recreational vehicles because of tight hairpin bends. Long, steep grades of 8-11% can be found on the Icefields Parkway especially near Bow Lake and when ascending/descending the Sunwapta Pass in the Columbia Icefield Area.
Via Rail has regular train service to Jasper via Edmonton and Vancouver. Learn more about Via Rail service to Jasper
Both Vancouver and Edmonton have regular Greyhound bus service to Jasper. Learn more about Greyhound bus service to Jasper
Brewster Transprotation and Tours offers tour buses to and from Jasper via Banff along the spectacular Icefields Parkway. Learn more about Brewster Transportation and Tours
By rental car
There are several car rental agencies located in the Jasper and Banff townsites.