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.
NORTH TO SOUTH
"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
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.
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