Jasper National Park is situated 370 km (192 mi) west of Edmonton, 404 km (256 mi) northwest of Calgary and 805 km (500 mi) northeast of Vancouver (map of Alberta).
Parks Canada is investing an unprecedented $3 billion dollars over 5 years to support infrastructure work to heritage, visitor, waterway and highway assets located within national historic sites, national parks, and national marine conservation areas across Canada.
This year marks the fourth year of the five-year infrastructure renewal program. This historic investment supports conservation while promoting visitor experience and making our infrastructure safer and more appealing to visitors.
When visiting or driving through Jasper National Park, you may encounter one or more construction zones or reduced services while we complete this important work.
Check for current infrastructure projects in Jasper National Park to see if any road or facility work might impact your trip. Please plan ahead before you travel to avoid inconvenience.
- For the most up-to-date road information in Alberta, 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.
The Trans-Canada Highway #16 (also called the Yellowhead Highway) runs through the park and is the main route to and from Jasper. The Icefields Parkway connects Jasper with the Trans-Canada Highway #1 near Lake Louise and Banff.
All major roads in Jasper are paved and all major highways have paved shoulders. Make sure to factor in plenty of time for breaks, slow traffic, and inclement weather conditions. The maximum speed limit inside the national parks is 90 km/hr, with several areas having slower limits for wildlife safety.
Some roads, especially the Mt. Edith Cavell road, can be rough and difficult to navigate with large recreational vehicles because of tight hairpin bends. Long, steep grades of 8-11% can be found on the Icefields Parkway especially near Bow Lake and when ascending/descending the Sunwapta Pass in the Columbia Icefield Area.
Via Rail has regular train service to Jasper via Edmonton and Vancouver. Learn more about Via Rail service to Jasper
Both Vancouver and Edmonton have regular Greyhound bus service to Jasper. Learn more about Greyhound bus service to Jasper
Brewster Transprotation and Tours offers tour buses to and from Jasper via Banff along the spectacular Icefields Parkway. Learn more about Brewster Transportation and Tours
By rental car
There are several car rental agencies located in the Jasper and Banff townsites.