Stage 1: Jasper

SEPTEMBER 1 | STAGE 1 | JASPER

ABOUT JASPER

Where the wild never left the wilderness.

Jasper is a rare place where taking the path less traveled rewards you with an authentic, eclectic experience. We’re not on the main road or the main route.  The journey to is as exceptional as the destination.

Jasper National Park, covering 10,878 km (4,200 miles), is listed as one of only 15 UNESCO extraordinary sites in Canada.  It’s shimmering glaciers, abundant wildlife, crystal clear lakes, thundering waterfalls, deep canyons and evergreen forest, all surrounded by towering, rugged mountain peaks are some of the reasons you will find it on the UNESCO’s World Heritage List–deemed by the World Heritage Committee to number among the most significant sights on earth.

In 2011 Jasper was designated the world’s largest Dark Sky Preserve.  In addition to celebrating this place’s daytime views, the unspoiled night sky is a wilderness astronomy to be shared.

History

Established in 1813, Jasper House was first a North West Company, and later Hudson’s Bay Company, fur trade post.  Jasper National Park was established in 1907 and is 2,775,000 acres, the largest national park in the Canadian Rockies.  The railway siding at the location of the future townsite of Jasper, was established in 1911 by the Grand Trunk Pacific Railway and was originally named the Fitzhugh.  The townsite was surveyed in 1913 and was renamed Jasper after the former fur trade post.  In 1931 Jasper became accessible by road from Edmonton.  In 1940, following a make work project for so many, the scenic Icefields Parkway opened, connecting Banff and Jasper.

FOR MORE INFORMATION ON TRAFFIC IMPACTS & ROAD CLOSURES WITHIN JASPER NATIONAL PARK, CLICK HERE.