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No highways existed when in 1813, the North West Company built a provision depot on Brule Lake to support fur brigades crossing the Rocky Mountains. When Jasper Haws took command of the post in 1817, it became known as "Jasper's House" to avoid confusion with Rocky Mountain House on the Saskatchewan River. He ran the post for three years, providing travelers with food and horses, and trading with Indigenous people.In 1821, the North West Company merged with Hudson’s Bay Company and Jasper House moved upriver in 1829. The staging post became a major destination for travellers using the Athabasca and the Yellowhead passes and First Nations route through the Smoky River Pass. Though mid-century traffic to the post declined, Jasper’s legacy lives on in the adopted name of Canada’s largest Rocky Mountain Park. By 1909, the last remnants of Jasper's House were gone, but you can visit the plaque and viewpoint commemorating these historic fur trade routes and traders.
From the Jasper townsite, a 35km (22 mile) drive east will take you to the commemorative plaque and viewpoint overlooking Jasper House National Historic Site. Follow the short, beautiful trail to a wooden platform with interpretive panels and look out across the Athabasca River to a clearing where only the footprint of log buildings from Jasper House remain. Jasper National Park is a four hour drive west of Edmonton, and five hour drive northwest of Calgary.
Jasper National Park
PO Box 10
Jasper AB T0E 1E0
Highway 16, roadside pullout 35 km east of Jasper
Free admission for youth. Other fees still apply.
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