All Parks Canada facilities are temporarily closed, all visitor services and all motor vehicle access by visitors are suspended until further notice.

The health and safety of Canadians, visitors and Parks Canada team members is our top priority.

We are following the advice of public health experts and taking steps to support the Government of Canada’s efforts to limit the spread of COVID-19 and reduce risks to visitors, employees, and other users of Parks Canada spaces.

Effective 12:01 a.m. on Wednesday, March 25, 2020, Parks Canada is temporarily suspending all visitor services and motor vehicle access by visitors until further notice. We will limit activities to basic critical operations.

Parks Canada will re-evaluate the temporary closure on an ongoing basis and keep you updated as more information becomes available. Please check the Parks Canada national information portal dedicated to COVID-19 for updates.

The latest information you need to know about your visit to Jasper National Park

Community update - April 7, 2020

Additional restrictions in Jasper National Park to support the Government of Canada’s efforts to limit the spread of COVID-19

In order to limit the spread of COVID-19, Parks Canada is asking Canadians to stay home. Anyone considering a visit to a Parks Canada location should cancel their plans. All visitor services and facilities remain closed and all motor vehicle access by visitors is suspended until further notice.

For people living in Jasper National Park, this means:

Town

  • Access to national park residents’ homes and Jasper remains unchanged.
  • Critical services in Jasper continue to be accessible to residents and through traffic.
  • The Jasper Transfer Station is open with regular hours of operation. Please comply with the Jasper Transfer Station guidelines.
  • Residents of the national park can continue to enjoy the outdoors while closely following the direction and advice of health authorities to keep physical distance and limit non-essential travel.

Roads

  • Highway 16 (Yellowhead Highway) and Highway 93 (Icefields Parkway) remain open. Check www.511.alberta.ca for the most up-to-date road information.
  • Many washrooms are closed. There is a reduced number of washrooms being cleaned regularly along Highway 16 and Highway 93.
  • Maligne Lake Road, beyond Maligne Canyon, is closed to all access (including vehicles, bicycles, and pedestrians) until further notice.
  • Other secondary roads are open at this time but are under review.
  • The gate to Lake Annette and Lake Edith day-use areas is closed.

Trails

  • Trails remain open. Residents are expected to practice physical distancing and are strongly encouraged to limit their use of the park at this time.
  • If you encounter a crowded parking lot, trailhead, or overlook, please go elsewhere.
  • Grooming of cross-country ski trails is finished for the season and Whirlpool Winter Hub is closed.
  • Trail conditions are no longer being monitored and the trail report is no longer being updated.
  • Bears are making their way out of hibernation. If you're out on the trails, make sure to stay alert, make noise, and carry your bear spray.
  • Dogs must be kept on a leash at all times.

Backcountry

  • We strongly discourage all backcountry activities. Parks Canada will no longer be issuing public avalanche bulletins for the remainder of the 2020 spring season.
  • Please stay home to help limit the spread of COVID-19, and to minimize demands placed on emergency response teams and the health care system.

These actions are intended to significantly reduce visitation and respect the advice of public health experts to stay home and avoid public gatherings.

Parks Canada remains committed to ensuring that critical services the community of Jasper relies on continue, including highway maintenance and snow removal, fire response, search and rescue, and avalanche control.

The health and safety of Canadians, visitors, and Parks Canada team members is of the utmost importance to the Agency. We must all do our part to limit the spread of COVID-19 and reduce risks to visitors, employees, and other users of Parks Canada spaces. Our thoughts are with everyone who has been impacted by this global challenge. #FlattenTheCurve


Information

Parks Canada

  • If you have questions about what Parks Canada is doing in response to the pandemic or what services are available in Jasper National Park, call 780-852-6176 or email jaspernpnews@gmail.com.
  • Please do not call Parks Canada’s Emergency Dispatch Centre, this line assists in the management of safety, wildlife, or wildfire incidents.

Municipality of Jasper

Public Health Information

Community update - March 27, 2020

Jasper National Park calls on visitors to stay home to support the Government of Canada’s efforts to limit the spread of COVID-19

In order to limit the spread of COVID-19, Parks Canada is asking anyone considering a visit to a Parks Canada location to cancel their plans.

Driving to visit Parks Canada places is suspended across the country due to high visitation levels. All visitor services and facilities remain closed and all motor vehicle access by visitors is suspended until further notice.

For people living in Jasper National Park, this means:

Town

  • Access to national park residents’ homes and Jasper remains unchanged.
  • Businesses and critical services in Jasper continue to be accessible to residents and through traffic.
  • Residents of the national park can continue to enjoy the outdoors while closely following the direction and advice of health authorities to keep physical distance and limit non-essential travel.

Roads

  • Highway 16 (Yellowhead Highway) and Highway 93 (Icefields Parkway) remain open.
  • Many washrooms are closed. There is a reduced number of washrooms being cleaned regularly along Highway 16 and Highway 93.
  • The gate to Lake Annette and Lake Edith day-use areas is now closed.
  • Other secondary roads are open at this time but are under review.

Trails

  • Trails remain open. Residents are expected to practice physical distancing and are strongly encouraged to limit their use of the park at this time.
  • If you encounter a crowded parking lot, trailhead, or overlook, please go elsewhere.
  • Dogs must be kept on a leash at all times.

Backcountry

  • This is a time to avoid the backcountry. Parks Canada will no longer be issuing public avalanche bulletins for the remainder of the 2020 spring season.
  • Please stay home to help limit the spread of COVID-19, and to minimize demands placed on emergency response teams and the health care system.

These actions are intended to significantly reduce visitation and respect the advice of public health experts to stay home and avoid public gatherings.

Parks Canada remains committed to ensuring that critical services the community of Jasper relies on continue, including highway maintenance and snow removal, fire response, search and rescue, and avalanche forecasting and control.

Our thoughts are with everyone who has been impacted by this global challenge. Together we can #FlattenTheCurve and help limit the spread of COVID-19.


Information

Parks Canada

  • If you have questions about what Parks Canada is doing in response to the pandemic or what services are available in Jasper National Park, call 780-852-6176 or email jaspernpnews@gmail.com.
  • Please do not call Parks Canada’s Emergency Dispatch Centre, this line assists in the management of safety, wildlife, or wildfire incidents.

Municipality of Jasper

Public Health Information

Further restrictions to visitor services - March 25, 2020

Parks Canada is calling on Canadians to support the national effort to limit the spread of COVID-19 by staying home.

Further to the announcement of Parks Canada facility and service closures last week, as of March 25, 2020, Parks Canada will temporarily suspend motor vehicle access to non-essential roadways by visitors. This will only apply to the Lake Annette and Lake Edith Day Use Area in Jasper National Park at this time.

  • Visitor services and facilities closed previously will remain closed, including washrooms, campgrounds, and the Information and Administration centres.
  • Highway 16, the Yellowhead Highway and Highway 93, the Icefields Parkway remain open to through traffic. Commercial traffic is still permitted on Highway 16.
  • A reduced number of restrooms will continue to be maintained along both routes at this time
  • Highway 16, the Yellowhead Highway and Highway 93, the Icefields Parkway remain open to through traffic. Commercial traffic is still permitted on Highway 16.
  • Access to businesses and critical services in the Town of Jasper is not affected.
  • Resident access to and from their homes will also not be affected.
  • Residents are urged to follow Alberta Health Services advice associated with social distancing and limiting non-essential travel.

Basic critical services such as road maintenance, avalanche control and forecasting, search and rescue, wildlife management continue to be offered.

Parks Canada real property, business licencing, and development review services may be accessed online through your usual contacts, and the Office of the Superintendent will remain open for telephone inquiries. If you have any concerns or questions about Parks Canada-related matters, please contact us at 780-852-6171.

Our thoughts are with everyone who has been impacted by this global challenge. Together we can #FlattenTheCurve and help limit the spread of COVID-19.

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Visitor facilities closed - March 19, 2020

Parks Canada operations

The health and safety of Canadians, our visitors and our team members is of the utmost importance to us.

To reduce the risk of transmission of COVID-19, the following facilities will be closed in Jasper National Park

  • Jasper Information Centre
  • Wapiti Winter Campground
  • Park Administration Building
  • all park entry kiosks
  • Palisades Centre
  • all seasonal facility and area closures remain in place.

Roads into and within the park, as well as open spaces (including front and backcountry areas, accessible day use areas and trails) remain open. In addition, some basic washroom facilities along highways 16 and 93 North, will be available. Please respect social distancing of 2 metres when using trails, open spaces or other facilities.

Should Canadians decide to visit, they should remember that as always, they are always responsible for their own safety. They should consult Parks Canada’s website to be prepared for their visit and be aware of any area closures. Search and rescue services may be limited. Visitors should exercise additional caution at this time and avoid activities with safety risks.

The following basic critical operations will continue to be maintained

  • highways operations, snow removal, and basic washroom facilities along highways 16 and 93 North
  • avalanche forecasting and avalanche control
  • visitor safety, search and rescue, and human-wildlife conflict response
  • fire response
  • emergency dispatch
  • law enforcement
  • townsite management
  • water testing, potable water and waste water treatment
  • construction project implementation support

Stay informed

Parks Canada is working with provincial counterparts, local municipalities and communities to keep visitor and residents informed and safe.

For the most up to date information, visit: