Jasper Vacations

Jasper, Alberta

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The City

History
While Jasper National Park was established in 1907, the Canadian Northern Railway began service to Jasper in 1912.

Population
4,643 as of 2006.

Weather
Although the summer days are long, the summer season is short. The long winters can vary with periods of cold, stormy weather.

Activities/Sights

Miette Hot Springs and Wildlife Excursion
You won't soon forget the drive up the wild Fiddle valley to the hottest mineral springs in the Rockies. Flowing from the mountain at 54°C, the water is cooled to a comfortable temperature of 40°C as it enters the pools. Peaceful surroundings with these services:

  • Modern facility with a stunning view of Ashlar Ridge
  • Two hot pools - shallow pool with lounging area and wheelchair access, and a deeper hot pool
  • Cool poolside shower
  • Cafe and gift shop
  • Interpretive trail to the source of the hot springs
  • Superb hiking in subalpine terrain
  • Excellent wildlife viewing with opportunities - see bighorn sheep, black bear and deer

Snocoach ride on Athabasca Glacier
The Columbia Icefield is located on the boundary of Banff and Jasper National Parks. One of the largest accumulations of ice and snow south of the Arctic Circle, it covers an area of nearly 325 square kilometers. The continuous accumulation of snow feeds eight major glaciers including the Athabasca, Dome, and Stutfield Glaciers, all visible from the Icefields Parkway. The Columbia Icefield is a true "hydrological apex," for its meltwater feeds streams and rivers that pour into the Arctic, Atlantic, and Pacific oceans.

Facing the Columbia Icefield Visitors' Centre lies the Athabasca Glacier - a tongue of ice 6 kilometers long and one kilometer wide. Take time for Brewster's Ice Age Adventure, a tour onto the icy slopes of the Athabasca Glacier. You will travel in a specially designed Brewster Ice Explorer to the middle of the glacier, on a 5 kilometer round trip journey. Your driver/guide will explain how glaciers are formed and point out interesting geological features as you travel in safety and comfort. At the mid-point, you will have the option of stepping out onto ice formed from snow falling as long as 400 years ago.

After this unique adventure, you can retire to the Columbia Icefield Centre to relax over lunch or dinner and watch the light change over the ancient rock and ice.

Cruise to Spirit Island
For over 70 years no trip to the Canadian Rockies has been complete without a cruise to Spirit Island on Maligne Lake in Jasper National Park.

This diminutive Canadian icon, floating amid turquoise, glacial waters is accessed via glass enclosed and heated boats.

The 90 minute interpretive tours depart every hour on the hour throughout the summer season and are staffed by recognized Heritage Tourism Guides and Ministry of Transport licensed Pilots.

Learn of the local history, geology, wildlife and glaciology of Maligne Lake and of Jasper National Park as some of the most spectacular scenery in the Rockies drift past your window.

At Spirit Island the boat lands to allow for a short walk to the viewpoint overlooking the mountain ringed southern shores of Maligne Lake; the equally famous backdrop of Spirit Island.

Float trip down the Athabasca River
Welcome to an adventure of a lifetime! Jasper's best rafting float trips take you down the Athabasca River for those in seek of a complete and fun filled Alberta wilderness adventure.

We invite you to travel with us on a river rafting adventure and share our love of whitewater, wilderness, and friendship. Our rafting trips are great for young and old alike looking for a more mild adventure.

Jasper offers first-class visitor attractions, activities, facilities and services within magnificently scenic wilderness surroundings of unparalleled beauty.

Jasper National Park is Canada's largest Rocky Mountain Park and one of North America's largest natural areas. Shimmering glaciers, abundant wildlife, crystal clear lakes, thundering waterfalls, deep canyons and evergreen forest surrounded by towering, rugged mountain peaks and pristine rivers - are what your eyes have been waiting to see.

Jasper is an internationally recognized four-season destination with so much to see and do to suit everyone's tastes. Whatever spectacular time of year you choose to visit - just be sure you plan to stay awhile.

See you on the river!

Dining

Sample our Fort McMurray blueberries, sweet Taber corn and our famous Fahler honey. Or try our other local delicacies such as bison steak, elk medallions and local wild mushrooms-all guaranteed to satisfy even the most discerning palate.

Fun Facts

  • Jasper National Park is Canada's largest national park at 10,878 square km.
  • The biggest industry in Jasper is tourism.
  • Jasper is located just north of Washington, Idaho and Montana.