Jasper astonishes visitors with its vast wilderness, dotted with glaciers, lakes, waterfalls, rivers, mountains and deep-cut canyons. Hike, paddle, swim, ski, fish, and take in soothing hot springs, scenic drives and extraordinary wildlife.
Unplug and play in the wildest backyard you’ve ever seen. Jasper is the largest and wildest of the Rocky Mountain parks. The authentic mountain town is the perfect home base for adventure.
Fill your lungs with crisp alpine air and your mug with coffee, then stroll, bike or hike the incredible trail network connecting forest, rivers and lakes. See black and grizzly bears, bighorn sheep, mountain goats, and deer. Hike to glacial peaks that seem to have stood longer than time.
Paddle famous lakes. Lose yourself in the vast, subalpine forest on a backcountry hike. Open your arms in an alpine meadow filled with wildflowers.
Sink in mineral-rich waters at Miette Hot Springs. Touch a frozen, blue-tinged waterfall at the bottom of Maligne Canyon. By night, look up at the twinkling galaxy of stars and feel connected in one of the most beautiful places on earth.
In such a large and spectacular area, there are many sights to see and plenty of stories to be told. A few of the highlights are listed here:
Explore Jasper’s nearly 1000 km (621 miles) of hiking trails and 300 km (186 miles) of bike-friendly, multi-use trails.
Drive the epic 230 km Icefields Parkway into the heart of this UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Look for Jasper’s Big Five: deer, elk, moose, wolf and bear, along with bighorn sheep, coyotes, caribou, and some 277 species of birds.
Check out Jasper’s most famous sights including Mt. Edith Cavell, Maligne Lake, and the Columbia Icefield.
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Bighorn Sheep © BluePeak Travel Photography
Jasper is big. The biggest of all Rocky Mountain Parks with vast alpine meadows, glaciers and windswept ridges – 11,228 square kilometre (about 4250 square miles) in all.
The park is home to about 100 grizzly bears, 70 black bears, 60 wolves, 125 woodland caribou, 550 elk, and 180 moose.
Winding through valleys, subalpine forest and alpine, Jasper has the most expansive trail network of any Canadian national park—nearly 1000 km of trails to explore, and 300km are around the Jasper townsite. Bike-friendly, multi-use trails are not far from campgrounds and hotels. Just step out and explore the valley, mountains and lakes from the Jasper townsite.
Get up close to the Columbia Icefield as you travel the Icefields Parkway. Stop along the way to see hidden waterfalls, emerald lakes, and touch the toe of a glacier on the breathtaking journey.
The scenic and twisty 46km drive (28.6 mile) drive between Jasper and Maligne Lake is ideal for spotting deer, elk and moose.
Soak in Miette Hot Springs, the hottest natural spring waters in the Rockies.
A galaxy of stars by night, Jasper is the world’s second largest Dark Sky Preserve.
Must-see park sights: Mt. Edith Cavell, Athabasca Falls, Maligne Canyon, Maligne Lake, Athabasca Glacier, Jasper Sky Tram, Sulphur Skyline Trail, Pyramid and Patricia Lakes.
Camp amid sweeping wilderness in 10 frontcountry campgrounds and 80 backcountry campgrounds. Or try one of Jasper’s hotels, B&Bs, cabins, or Parks Canada signature oTENTiks.
From paddling to swimming, Jasper’s spring-fed and glacial lakes and roaring rivers sparkle as much as the snow-capped mountains.
Jasper’s townsite offers award-winning restaurants, cafes, bars, spas, and boutiques. Learn about Aboriginal travelers, fur traders, and explorers who’ve left their mark on Jasper at the local museum.