Town of Jasper © Parks Canada / Eddie Wong
About the park
The Lifestyle with the job
Facts About Jasper
About the park
Welcome to the largest of Canada’s Rocky Mountain Parks! Jasper has 10,878 square kilometres (4,200 square miles) of broad valleys, rugged mountains, glaciers, forests, alpine meadows and flowing rivers. Jasper Forest Park was created in 1907 and became a National Park in 1930 with the passing of the National Parks Act. This act guarantees the protection and presentation of Jasper Park and its incredible Columbia Icefields, hot springs, and Athabasca waterfalls.
Jasper’s unique scenery, exhilarating activities, and friendly community draws in approximately 2 million visitors annually. At the same time, Jasper is a protected ecosystem as it plays host to a variety of wildlife including grizzly bears, mountain lions, wolves, wolverines, and woodland caribou; a species at risk.
Jasper National Park is a World Heritiage Site and is home to five National Historic Sites. These sites are open to the public and managed by Parks Canada and includes the Jasper Information Center, Athabasca Pass, Yellowhead Pass, Jasper House, and Henry House. Another National Historic Site that is in British Columbia but is managed by Jasper is Fort St. James. Fort St. James is a completely restored Hudson’s Bay Company Post, originally founded by Simon Fraser in 1806, containing the largest group of original wooden buildings depicting the fur trade in Canada.
Jasper Information Centre © Parks Canada
In Jasper National Park, you can experience; Marmot Basin with 84 runs to ski or snowboard down, over 1,000 km of trails to be hiked, 10 campgrounds with a total of 1,772 sites available, and picnicking and events in the town throughout the year.
Spring generally comes to the valley in mid-April and reaches the high country by mid-June. Summer days are long, but the summer season is short. July is the warmest month with a mean daily maximum temperature of 22.5ºC. September and October bring fall colours, clear skies, and cooler temperatures. The winter season is varied with periods of cold, stormy weather. January is the coldest month with a mean maximum temperature of -9.4ºC. With that said, extremes in seasonal temperatures can be experienced at any time of the year.
The Lifestyle with the job
Mount Athabasca © Parks Canada
Imagine a 5-minute bike ride or a leisurely stroll to work each morning. On the way, you will watch the sunrise over the mountains or perhaps see a heard of grazing elk. Whether you enjoy small town living for the sense of community and friendly atmosphere or want to enjoy the amenities such as amazing 5 star restaurants, Jasper has what you are looking for. Also, with hiking, cross-country skiing and a ski hill right outside your door, creating your own adventures or joining up with a local group could not be easier. You do not; however, have to participate in outdoor activities to experience Jaspers greatness, just by seeing these wonderful views from your front door will undoubtly deepen your connection to the park and wildlife. Each Parks Canada employee contributes to the functioning and conservation of the park from management, development, delivery, communications, and visitor experience.
The town of Jasper is located 362 km from Edmonton, 414 km from Calgary, and 287 km from Banff. Jasper is a small community of approximately 5,000 permanent residents. In the community, there is a kindergarten, elementary school, and junior/senior high school offered in both English and French. There is also a senior home, an assisted living facility, a modern hospital, a movie theatre, an art gallery, a post office, a museum, and the Jasper Activity Centre, which has many amenities and facilities available. There are a variety of restaurants, cafes and bars to suit the taste buds of the most elite food and wine connoisseurs. A unique, small-town mountain culture thrives here.
Facts About Jasper …
Jasper received the UNESCO World Heritage Site designation in 1984 along with Banff, Kootenay, and Yoho National Parks, and the provincial parks of Hamber, Assiniboine and Robson.
Natural areas: 7% montane (valley bottom open forest/grassland), 50% subalpine (forest from montane to tree line) and 43% alpine (above tree line).
The town elevation is 1,067 m (3,500 ft.). The higher elevation can be noticeable when first engaging in outdoor activities as the thinner air may cause shortness of breath for people who are not used to being at that elevation.
Parks Canada infrastructure includes 10 road-accessible campgrounds, two Information Centers, Miette Hot Springs, 1,300 km backcountry multi-use trails (hiking, horseback riding, mountain biking), 300 km of paved roads, 61 viewpoints and pull-offs, and 33 picnic sites.
Eighty-two songbird species regularly breed in the park and an additional 44 species have been recorded. Jasper has a bird banding program and regularly seeks volunteers.
Tangle Falls © Parks Canada
There are 14 native species of fish in Jasper, along with 4 non-native species. One job at Parks Canada includes the controlling of non-native species in Jasper National Park.
Located in the Columbia Icefields is the oldest known forest in the park, which has Engelmann Spruce over 700 years old.
The Columbia Icefield is 325 sq. km in area. It is the hydrologic apex of North America: meltwaters flow to the Atlantic, Pacific and Arctic oceans.
Within park boundaries, the Athabasca is designated a Canadian Heritage River.
Miette Hotsprings, the hottest springs in the Canadian Rockies, are 54ºC but are naturally cooled to 39ºC for the pools
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