Jasper

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For other places with the same name, see Jasper (disambiguation).

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.

Park Entry Fees[edit]

All visitors stopping in Jasper park (even just for gas or in the town) require a park permit. If you are driving through non-stop, the pass is not required. Day passes and annual passes are available, see Jasper National Park#Fees/Permits for details.

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]

Many attractions in Jasper National Park are a short drive away.

Do[edit]

  • Rent a bike. Plenty of sport shops offer bikes, which are a great way to see the area.
  •    Jasper TramwayWhistler's Road +1 780-852-3093. Cable-car to great views of the area from Whistlers Mountain. The hike from the upper station to the summit is not too difficult with only a few steep sections, however do not forget this is high mountain area and you can be in cold clouds very quickly, even in the summer. Should not really venture too far from the board walk if you are in T-shirt and flip-flops, although some idiots do.
  •    Marmot Basin1 Marmot Road +1 780-852-3816. Cross Country and downhill skiing

Buy[edit]

  • Connaught Dr.. Full of souvenir shops, clothing stores, and jewellery stores.
  • Patricia St.. A few more practical shops.

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.

Drink[edit]

  •    Hearthstone Lounge and Champs Sports Lounge (Sawridge Inn), 82 Connaught Drive +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).
  •    Villa Caruso640 Connaught Drive (Corner Hazel Ave),  +1 780 852-3920. Steak House & Bar

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 [1]. 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-Jasper1 Skytram Road (turn west off highway 93 just south of the townsite),  +1 778 328 2220, 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.
  •    Pine Bungalows2 Cottonwood Creek Road +1 780-852-3491. Cabins in the woods. Elk are know to roam the site. Picnic tables and camp-fire facilities next to accommodation. Near the river so do not forget your mosquito spray.
  •    Whistlers Campground (3 km south of Jasper town off the 93.).

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 Resort (Best Western), 98 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 +1 780-852-4431. Restaurant, five hot tubs, indoor pool. Fall has the cheapest rates (<$100 is common), while summer is high season (June - August).
  •    Maligne Lodge912 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 BungalowsPyramid Lake Road +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. Grill and camp-fire facilities as well as small children's playground and canoe hire for the lake. Great location out of town. $100-355.
  •    Sawridge Inn76 Connaught Drive +1 780 852 5111, 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.
  •    Tonquin Inn100 Juniper Street +1 780-852-4987. Good quality motel style rooms. Very good restaurant on site.

Splurge[edit]

  •    Fairmont Jasper Park LodgeOld 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, toll-free: +1 800 257-7544fax: +1 780 852-5107, e-mail: . 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.
  • Mount Robson Provincial Park. 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.


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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