Jasper is an alpine town in the province of Alberta in Canada. Situated in the Jasper National Park, amidst the Canadian Rockies, Jasper is spectacular in natural beauty. The park is famous for its glacier-fed lakes, rivers, and beautiful forests. It is any nature photographers’ dream destination.
Here you will also find the impressive Mount Columbia, (an excellent ski location – 3747m ) the Maligne Canyon, and Lake (the lake is where you’ll find Spirit Island, a famous islet and photography spot). Wildlife includes Canada’s grizzly and black bears, elks, wolverines, bighorn sheep, and mountain goats.
If you’re looking for summer sunny days to explore and hike in nature, the best time to visit Jasper is between May and September. With August and September being the months that traditionally have the least rainy days.
This charming town with views of the mountains is definitely worth a visit. Furthermore, the Jasper National Park is definitely worth a visit.
Natural beauty, Wildlife, Lakes, Ski, the food and the fact that it is a Dark Sky Preserve.
Did you know Jasper is a Dark Sky Preserve?
In 2011, Jasper was designated as a Dark Sky Preserve by the Royal Astronomical Society in Canada, due to its limited light pollution that creates ideal conditions for dark sky viewing.
Another reason to visit Jasper. Due to its limited light pollution, it has the perfect conditions for dark sky viewing. (A Dark Sky Preserve as an area in which no artificial lighting is visible.) Therefore the perfect stargazing location in Canada.
October is the ideal time to take advantage of these conditions with the annual Jasper Dark Sky Festival. Creating excellent opportunities for night-sky photography.
Tours normally include Glacier Park, the Canadian Rocky Mountains, Clearwater, Kelowna, Vancouver, Hope, Kamloops, Vernon, Yoho National Park, Banff National Park, Shannon Falls Provincial Park, Whistler, Sun Peaks, Maligne Canyon, and many more.
Travel Tip: As always we think the best way to arrange the perfect holiday experience is to:
For the Brave: “The Columbia Icefield Skywalk experience features waterfalls, wildlife, fossils and more on an exciting 1-kilometre walkway that leads to a platform where glass is all that separates you from a 918-foot (280 m) drop.” – website
One of 16 mountain-type engines was built by the Canadian Locomotive Company of Kingston, Ontario in 1923. This locomotive was used by Canadian National in fast freight and passenger service. (The Canadian version of the Orient Express around the rugged Canadian Rockies.)
More than 1200 km of excellent hiking trails are waiting for you.
Do the Maligne Canyon Icewalk Tour
Travel with the SkyTram up Whistlers Mountain to an elevation of 2,263 meters. Enjoy the stunning vistas over mountain ranges stretching up to 80 kilometers away while you enjoy something to eat and drink. – website
You can fly into Edmonton (YEG), Calgary (YYC), or Vancouver (YVR) international airports. Then book your rental car and take the scenic drive to Jasper.
Another way of getting to Jasper is to take the scenic Rocky Mountaineer or Via Rial train ride while you relax and enjoy some of Canada’s most beautiful scenery.
DISTANCE from JASPER to:
Lake Louise: 232 km (139 miles) 3 hrs
Banff: 287 km (172 miles) 3 ½ hrs
Edmonton: 362 km (220 miles) 3 ½ hrs
Calgary: 414 km (248 miles) 4 ½ hrs
Vancouver: 863 km (518 miles) 9 ½ hrs