Jasper

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Jasper is a town in Jasper National Park in the Alberta Rockies region of Alberta, Canada.

Get in[edit]

Located in the eastern slope of the Rocky Mountains, Jasper is the shy cousin to bold, brassy Banff and offers a more serene experience. Approximately four hours north of Banff and four hours west of Edmonton, capital of the province of Alberta. Most people enter the park via Edmonton.

It can be reached by road or train. Highway 16, the Yellowhead Highway, connects Jasper to Edmonton (via Hinton and Edson), which has an international airport and is served by many major airlines. It also connects to Kamloops, B.C. and Prince George, B.C. to the West. Highway 93, the Icefields Parkway, connects south through the Rockies to Lake Louise and onto Banff. Drivers will have to pay for a park admission pass as the town of Jasper is located within Jasper National Park. There are bus and train connections from Edmonton, Banff and Vancouver.

Those driving to the park should be aware that a park fee of $7/adult per night (max $14/carload per night) applies. Annual passes are available for $89.

Get around[edit]

There is no public transit. A few taxis and rental cars are available, and bikes can be rented in the summer.

Hitchhikers report that getting a lift in Jasper is very easy.

Jasper is small enough that most places can be easily walked to. Tour companies offer bus service to most of the major tourist destination including Maligne Lake, The Columbia Icefields and Miette Hot Springs. The two major companies in town are Brewster and SunDog. Both these companies offer similar tours at the same price. The only difference is the size of the tour group: Brewster uses large buses (seating approx. 50) and SunDog has smaller vehicles (seating approx. 12).

See[edit]

  • Maligne Lake, which has regular boat trips to see the wonder of a lake with water two different colours in different parts. Spirit Island, made famous by a photography competition, is in the middle of Maligne Lake. The only way to see it is to take the boat cruise (1.5 hours round trip).

Do[edit]

  • Excellent camping in the summer. Cross Country and downhill skiing [1] in winter.
  • Rent a bike. Plenty of sport shops offer bikes, which are a great way to see the area.
  • Athabasca Falls - The Athabasca River thunders through a narrow gorge where the walls have been smoothed and potholes are created by the sheer force of the rushing water carrying sand and rock. Parking and restroom facilities. Paved trail and picnic sites available.
  • Columbia Ice Field.
  • Jasper Tramway.
  • Maligne Canyon. The river, up near Maligne Lake, flows in a mighty torrent. When it enters Medicine Lake (named in reference to bad medicine) it does so with great volumes. It does not, however, appear to flow out. Indeed, through the summer months Medicine Lake disappears until, in mid autumn all that is left is a thin channel that itself disappears into the shoreline. In Winter, walk on the canyon bottom to see masses of blue ice where waterfalls flow in the summertime!
  • Miette Hot SpringsMiette Road, Jasper National Park +1 780-866-3939. An place to relax after a day of hiking, the hottest mineral springs in the Rockies flow from the mountain at 54ºC. The water is cooled to a comfortable 40ºC as it enters the pools. Two hot pools and two cool pools, café, souvenir shop, a picnic ground and interpretive exhibits. Suits, towels and lockers for rent. Open May to mid-October. Located between Jasper and Hinton.
  • Mount Robson. The park's namesake peak is the highest in the Canadian Rockies at 3954 metres. Mount Robson Provincial Park is 217,200 hectares of stunning mountains, valleys, and waterways. Forests of spruce, fir, balsam, cedar and alder are home to an abundant array of wildlife including mountain goats, moose, deer, elk, marmot and squirrels and chipmunks. The Rearguard Falls of the Fraser River is the furthest migration point of the Pacific salmon.
  • GyPSy Guide, Take a guided tour in your own car. The GyPSy Guide is a small electronic device that uses GPS technology to automatically trigger commentary about history, geology, directions and quirky Canadian stories, through your car stereo.

Buy[edit]

  • Connaught Dr.. The major shopping area in the area is full of souvenir shops, clothing stores, and jewelery stores.

Eat[edit]

Most of the hotels in or near Jasper have restaurants that will meet or beat your expectations for dining in a small community. Some are higher-toned than others, but across the board food is generally very good and portions tend to be hearty. In addition to the hotel restaurants, the town has several noteworthy dining spots as well as numerous restaurants catering to the hungry but penny-pinching skiers and other visiting outdoors-folk.

  • Andy's Bistro606 Patricia St. This central-European restaurant is one of the best in a town of excellent dining choices. The room is not large, and - truth be told - not particularly enticing. But the food is an innovative take on the satisfying cuisine of Germany and Austria: hearty dishes cooked with notable flair and quality. Prices are moderately high, but not out of line for the finer restaurants in Jasper.
  • Becker's Gourmet Restaurant. French / Canadian cuisine
  • Dead Dog Bar & GrillConnaught St. $7 burger & fries, happy hour on Fridays,
  • Earls600 Patricia St. Western Canadian cuisine. A restaurant and bar in one, this can get fairly packed out. The staff aren't fantastic, but the food more than makes up for the wait to be seated.
  • Jasper Brewing Company624 Connaught Dr +1 780 852-4111. Unique in Jasper, beer is brewed on-site.
  • Kimchi House407 Patricia St +1 780 852-5022. Korean cuisine.
  • Le Petit Marché96 Geikie St (at the Château Jasper). The elegant Brasserie features buffet, à la minute and carving stations, plus à la carte menu.
  • North Face Pizza618 Connaught Dr. Excellent pizza, great after a day at Marmot Basin!
  • Sayuri's Japanese Restaurant410 Connaught Dr. Japanese cuisine, sushi.
  • Something Else621 Patricia St. A Greek restaurant that serves up a variety of cuisine, and pizza.
  • Sorrentino's Bistro Bar96 Geike St. Italian restaurant, popular Canadian chain.
  • Spooners610 Patricia St. Juice bar, gourmet coffees, teas, smoothies, homemade desserts and pastries, sandwiches, soups and salads.
  • Stone Peak RestaurantOverlander Mountain Lodge, 27010 Hwy 16 W, Jasper East, toll-free: +1-877-866-2330. Warm, log décor, gourmet cuisine, seasonal specialties, plus mains like salmon with brandy cream and lobster; Oka cheese and sun-dried tomato stuffed chicken; AAA Angus steak; and bison tenderloin with Cabernet sauce, truffles and foie gras. Breakfast, lunch (Jul-Sep) and dinner.

Drink[edit]

  • Buckles Saloon, Maligne Lodge, W end Connaught Dr, +1 780 852-7074.
  • De'd Dog Bar & Grill, Bsmt, 620 Connaught Dr, +1 780 852-9449.
  • Villa Caruso, Corner, Connaught Dr and Hazel Ave, +1 780 852-3920.
  • The 'B' Ale House510 Patricia St +1 780 852-3386.
  • Château Jasper96 Geikie St +1 780 852-5644.
  • Nick's BarJuniper St (between Connaught Dr and Geikie St),  +1 780 852-4966.
  • Hearthstone Lounge and Champs Sports Lounge82 Connaught Drive (in Sawridge Inn Jasper),  +1 780-852-5111. Hearthstone Lounge (10:30AM to 10PM) offers appetizers, soups and a wide selection of light meals. Cocktails, wines by the glass, fine draught beer. Unique furnishings, large flat screen TVs, stone fireplace. Champs Sports Lounge (4:30PM to midnight) offers food and drink, Wednesday night karaoke, UFC fight nights on large flat screen TVs, NHL games and playoffs. $9-$20 (lunch, dinner).

Sleep[edit]

Budget[edit]

In the summer, there is excellent camping in the campgrounds operated by Parks Canada. Throughout the year, it is possible to stay in private home accommodation - rooms or suites in residents' homes. Prices vary, but standards are high - full details of what is available can be found in the tourist office in town, or at [2]. Hostelling International runs a series of hostels throughout Jasper National Park. Jasper International is the closest to town (7km south-west from Jasper on Whistlers Road, and is open all year), and four Wilderness Hostels which cater more towards trekkers and those people who "enjoy getting in touch with nature."

  • HI-Athabasca FallsHighway 93 (32km south of Jasper townsite, 1km south of Athabasca Waterfall),  +1 778 328-2220. Check-in: 5PM-10PM, check-out: 10AM. Boasting a fantastic large wood-paneled common room/kitchen with wood heater, this spacious hostel is ideal for groups. Located next to the powerful waterfalls of the same name. A great base for hikers: the Fryatt Valley, Geraldine Lakes, and Athabasca Pass are nearby. Chill out at the fire-pit any time of year. 'Cowboy' showers are available for those not willing to wash in the cold creek. Sleeping is in two dorms. Some private rooms are available. $20-$26/person for HI members, $24-$30/person for non-members. This place fills up quick, bookings recommended in summer months.
  • HI-Beauty CreekHighway 93 (75km south of Jasper townsite, 17km north of Columbia Icefields), toll-free: +1 866 762-4122. Check-in: 5PM-10PM, check-out: 10AM. This small rustic hostel is a favourite stop for cyclists between Jasper and Banff. Located adjacent the gentle waters of the Sunwapta River, the location is spectacular! Sleeping is in two dorms, nestled either side of the small kitchen and semi-outside common room. There is no running water and no electricity. Full kitchen facilities and refrigerator with propane gas. Toilets are outside. In summer (May to Oct) a manager lives on-site. Closed in winter. Expect snow any time of year here $20-$26/person for HI members, $24-$30/person for non-members. Bookings recommended in summer months..
  • HI-JasperWhistlers Rd (turn west off highway 93 just south of the townsite),  +1 780 852-3205, toll-free: +1 866 762-4122. Check-in: 1PM-11PM, check-out: 11AM. Open all year. This large 78-bed hostel was the original ski lodge in Jasper and has a good communal feel that is sorely lacking in many big-city hostels. It is the closest budget accommodation to the Jasper townsite and a great base for hikers. In winter, staff transform the surrounding property into a snowboarding terrain park. The large deck makes a great place for a BBQ in summer and there's an outside bonfire year-round. The hostel has a full kitchen, laundry facilities, tv room, comfortable common room, running water, showers, electricity, and very friendly staff. Be warned though, the dorms are BIG: 48 beds in the co-ed dorm and 30 beds in the female dorm can make for loud night. Bring earplugs. $20-$26/person for HI members, $24-$30/person for non-members, 4 private rooms are available too. Bookings recommended in summer months.
  • HI-Maligne CanyonMaligne Lake Rd (turn south off highway 16 just east of the townsite),  +1 778 328-2220, toll-free: +1 866 762-4122. Check-in: 5PM-10PM, check-out: 10AM. Closed Wednesdays Oct-Apr, open all other times. This small, 24 bed hostel, is an excellent place to get away from things for a while. Though it lacks running water, you'll not miss anything else. There's a good sized kitchen, a supply of drinking water, and a very friendly and relaxed atmosphere. $20-$26/person for HI members, $24-$30/person for non-members.
  • HI-Mount Edith CavellMt Edith Cavell Rd (26km south of Jasper townsite off highway 93A, 12km up Cavell Rd),  +1 778 328-2220. Check-in: 5PM-10PM, check-out: 10AM. The 3,363-metre peak of Mt. Edith Cavell towers over this little wilderness hostel set in a narrow valley. An ideal base from which to explore Angel Glacier, Cavell Meadows or the Tonquin Valley. The views are amazing! There is no running water and no electricity. Full kitchen facilities with propane gas. Wood heating in the dorms, so in winter be prepared to stoke the fire 2 or 3 times a night. Toilets are outside. In summer (May to Oct) a manager lives on-site. The road closes in winter, ski-in only, a key can be picked up from HI-Jasper or HI-Lake Louise. $20-$26/person for HI members, $24-$30/person for non-members. Bookings recommended in summer months.

Mid-range[edit]

There are numerous motels and inns within the town, as well as in Hinton, just outside the eastern entrance to the park.

  • Amethyst Lodge200 Connaught Dr, toll-free: +1-888-852-7737. Motel with wi-fi; rooms are spacious, although rather dark, with clean bathrooms. Hot tub, conference facilities, lounge and restaurant. Includes buffet breakfast with fruit, cereals, bagels, muffins, croissants, many types of bread, scrambled eggs, bacon, sausages, sautéed potatoes, French toast and pancakes. $200.
  • Austrian Haven B&B812 Patricia St +1 780 852-4259. Owned by a friendly and welcoming Austrian lady. Two rooms, big comfortable beds, excellent views of the mountains around Jasper.
  • Château Jasper96 Geikie St, toll-free: +1-888-852-7737. Hotel, restaurant and conference facilities. $140-462.
  • Jasper Inn Alpine Resort98 Geikie Street +1 780 852-4461fax: +1 780-852-5916. Check-in: 4PM, check-out: 11AM. Cozy fireside accommodation and casual fine dining. $93-413.
  • Lobstick Lodge94 Geikie Street. Restaurant, five hot tubs, indoor pool. Fall has the cheapest rates (<$100 is common), while summer is high season (June - August).
  •    Maligne Lodge925 Connaught Ave +1 780 852-3143fax: +1 780-852-4789. $86-473.
  • Marmot Lodge86 Connaught Drive +1 780 852-4471. Heated indoor pool, sauna and whirlpool. Kitchen suites. $70-260.
  • Mount Robson Inn902 Connaught Drive +1 780 852-3327. Two storey motel style inn, 80 rooms and suites, air conditioning, cable TV. $94-325.
  • Patricia Lake Bungalows +1 780 852-3560, toll-free: +1-888-499-6848fax: +1 780-852-4060. Rooms, suites and cabins at lakeside at end of private road. $100-355.
  • Sawridge Inn, toll-free: +1-888-729-7343. 153 rooms, most with private balcony and mountain view. Conference Centre, Hearthstone Lounge, Champs Sports Lounge, Mountain Wellness Spa, indoor pool, hot tubs, jacuzzi, sauna, fitness centre and business centre. $115-360.

Splurge[edit]

  • Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge, Old Lodge Rd (turn south off highway 16 just east of the townsite, and make a quick right after crossing the river), +1 780 852-3301 or 800-257-7544 (jasperparklodge@fairmont.com, fax 780-852-5107), [3]. The Jasper Park Lodge is the premier hotel in Jasper, and one of the most famous and storied mountain resorts in the Canada. Started as a tenting site in conjunction with the Grand Trunk Railway in 1915, it has grown into a renowned destination resort. $400 and up.

Stay safe[edit]

Bear proof dumpster
Bear proof dumpster instructions

Bears looking for food are a potential problem. The city has installed bear proof garbage cans and business use bear proof dumpsters.

It is a good solution until the bears learn how to read!




Go next[edit]

VIA Rail runs routes through Jasper, which you can often include as a free stop-over if heading between Vancouver and Edmonton.

It is also popular to travel down to Lake Louise and Banff along the very scenic Icefields Parkway, making stops at Athabasca Falls, Peyto Lake, Crowfoot Glacier, and Bow Lake.

Routes through Jasper
Prince GeorgeMount Robson Provincial Park  W Alberta Highway 16.svg E  HintonEdmonton
END  N Alberta Highway 93.svg S  Lake Louise (in Banff NP) → Cranbrook


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