Jasper National Park contains both stunning mountain peaks and wide-open valleys. Founded in 1907 as the Jasper Forest Reserve, almost 100 years later it continues to maintain the integrity of the "early days in the Rockies". A relatively intact ecology, its distance from large urban centers and its national historic sites help the park to evoke the rich history of the area.
The town site of Jasper, built in 1911 as a switching yard for the Grand Trunk Railroad, features a stunning alpine skyline and exceptional examples of the community?s early architecture. A stroll down Connaught Drive and through the downtown core offers charming shops, restaurants and a chance to appreciate Jasper?s unique mountain architecture and history.
The largest of Canada?s Rocky Mountain parks, Jasper National Park includes more than 1200 kilometers (660 miles) of hiking trails as well as numerous dramatic mountain drives. Its vast wilderness is home to elk, bighorn sheep, mule deer, other large animals and their predators including grizzly bears and mountain lions. It joins Banff National Park to the south via the Icefields Parkway. The parkway allows you to travel alongside a chain of massive icefields that straddle the Continental Divide to the world famous Columbia Icefields near the south end of the parkway. Jasper National Park is an unparalleled ecological treasure.