Established in 1907, Jasper National Park is one of Canada’s oldest and largest national parks and offers 11,000 square kilometres of protected wilderness, almost 1000km of trails, access to majestic peaks, pristine wilderness and abundant wildlife.
Jasper's elevation range, geology, geography and climate create diverse habitats for a surprising variety of species. including elk, deer, moose, bighorn sheep, mountain goats, bears, coyotes, wolves, beavers, pine martens, lynx, porcupines, cougars, snowshoe hares and wolverines.
Often the journey is as rewarding as the destination, and this is particularly true in the case of the Icefields Parkway. Connecting two Canadian national parks and linking Lake Louise in the south with Jasper in the north, the Icefields Parkway is one of the top 10 scenic drives in the world.
Jasper National Park Fast Facts
- Jasper National Park was established in 1907, originally named Jasper Forest Park, after Jasper Hawes, a trading post manager for the North West Company. When the National Parks Act was passed in Canada in 1930 it became Jasper National Park.
- In 1984 the park was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
- Athabasca River and Smoky River are major river systems that originate within Jasper National Park.
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