Statistically, driving is the most dangerous activity in the park:
- Obey posted speed limits: 90 km/hr max (56 mph) on major routes and 60 km/hr max (37 mph) on secondary roads.
- Make allowances for other drivers, who may be in a hurry, lost, or distracted by the scenery.
- Be prepared for a variety of conditions; it may snow in summer at higher elevations.
- Slow down in bad weather or stop somewhere safe and wait it out.
- Watch out for cyclists. They may be difficult to see, especially from an RV. Do not drive on the road shoulder.
- Watch out for wildlife.
Driving in winter conditions takes extra care:
- Slow down if the road is snow-covered or if visibility is poor.
- Watch out for black ice, especially on bridges and near water.
- The use of cruise control is not recommended.
- Snow tires or chains are required by law for travel on all roads except highway #1 and #16 between November 1 and March 31
- It is a good idea to equip your car with a shovel, flashlight, blanket, food and extra warm clothing.
- Cell phone reception outside of townsites is unreliable.
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, 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.