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    JASPER NATIONAL PARK

Jasper National Park is the largest of the 6 mountain parks. Both the town of Jasper and Jasper National Park were named after a trading post which was established here in the 1800's and managed by a gentleman named Jasper Hawse. This became "Jasper House", which has been shortened to Jasper.

JASPER PARK MAP
The town of Jasper is the center of Jasper National Park both geographically and socially. Wildlife abounds in Jasper National Park and it is here you find the Rockies hottest hotsprings, greatest concentrations of life, highest mountains and highest number of lakes. Visitors come from around the globe to experience the wild beauty of Jasper!

Alberta - RATS!!
Did you know the province of Alberta is rat free and is the largest rat free area in the World.

There is great whitewater rafting, horesback riding, HIKING, skiing, sightseeing, dining and shopping all within close proximity. There are hotels in every price range and it is wise to book ahead for summer arrivals. This place is popular.

Those wishing to travel to the Rockies by train from Eastern and Central Canada arrive in Jasper and can continue through the Rockies, past Mount Robson to Vancouver on the Pacific Coast. There is no trans-continental train service to Banff, although the Rocky Mountaineer is a beautiful train journey between Banff and Vancouver, B.C.

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JASPER HIGHLIGHTS
NORTH TO SOUTH

  PATRICIA & PYRAMID LAKES
JASPER PARK LODGE
MEDICINE LAKE
VALLEY OF THE LAKES
MIETTE HOTSPRINGS

MALIGNE LAKE
MALIGNE CANYON
LAKE EDITH CAVELL - Wow!
HORSESHOE LAKE
SUNWAPTA FALLS
JASPER SKY TRAM
ATHABASCA FALLS
ATHABASCA GLACIER
PEYTO LAKE - Spectacular
OLD FORT POINT HIKE

STANLEY WATERFALLS
WEEPING WALL



ICEFIELDS PARKWAY
HIKES IN THE PARKS
NEARBY MOUNT ROBSON

"Kettles and Kames"
Kettles are bowl shaped holes in the earth created by large blocks of ice that fell off glaciers that were abundant in the Canadian Rockies. When the blocks of ice melted they left "Kettle" shaped holes.

Kames are the opposite of Kettles and were also created by glacial activity. Within the depression of the glaciers, rock and debri would collect. When the glaciers melted, and receded, they left behind the "Kames" that you see today. Walk around the mounds and imagine a glacier a half a mile thick, where you are standing.  



"SECRET PLACES"
Little known gems of paradise
in Jasper Park
Stanley's Eight Waterfalls - 88 Kilometers (1 hour drive) south of Jasper is an astounding place. Watch on the east (left) side of the highway for two large culverts and a man-made dike for the roadside pulloff. This little gem of a trail will lead you past 8 magnificent little falls, all within a "country mile". The rushing waters of Beauty Creek have carved the rugged terrain and left us with a series of waterfalls each seemingly taller and more beautiful than the last.



If you wish to see another little known treasure then visit
HORSESHOE LAKE - Driving south from Jasper on the Icefields Parkway it is easy to miss my personal favorite in the Rockies. Horseshoe Lake gets its name from its' shape, a big "U" shape. Steep multicolored cliffs circle the lake and create a little world of splendid isolation. The local high school kids from Jasper are known to visit the lake and jump from the cliffs into the cool water. Come in the spring and you may see them tossing small boulders onto the thin layer of ice to create a diving hole. Those crazy Canucks! When you arrive look for the babbling brook that flows south from the lake and disappears into a tangle of fallen wood. Drive 28 kilometers south of Jasper and watch carefully for the sign on the left (east) side of the highway. The short walk on level ground from the highway is suitable for all ages but the lake area is a little uneven.

Athabasca Falls     EDITH CAVELL VALLEY

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