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Jasper N.P.
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Jasper N.P.

Jasper National Park at a Glance

Jasper National Park is one of the oldest parks in Canada and is a favorite destination for wildlife spotters and birders. The park's large size means that you can explore in relative solitude. Ice climbers, mountaineers, kayakers and day hikers will find rugged terrain and fabulous views.

Imagine boating on a grey-blue lake with snow-capped mountains reflecting in its calm surface. A constant puff of glacial breath keeps you cool even as the summer sun shines brightly. Islets beg to be explored and birds circle the lake looking for fish. On shore, a few brave souls stick their toes in the icy water. You'd better bring your camera on this paddle. 

Casual sight-seers will be delighted at the number of scenic views available to them only steps from the car. The more adventurous can follow trails along coursing rivers, up steep mountains or over glacial fields. In spring, wildflowers blanket the park and baby animals take their first, bumbling steps. No matter when you visit, you're sure to be charmed by this magic landscape. 

What to Expect
High Season
May - September
Low Season
October - April
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      • Major Airport Calgary International Airport

      Passport / Visa Requirements

      American citizens and permanent residents must now have a valid U.S passport or U.S green card to enter Canada. Visitors from other countries may need a tourist visa and can determine their specific requirements by using the website of the Canadian government.  All visitors must be able to convince immigration officials that they have enough money for their trip, that they are healthy, and that they have ties in their home country that will draw them home again at the end of their visit. American citizens can learn more information on world-wide travel at the U.S State Department's website.

      Need to Know

      Severe Weather The Canadian Rockies have cold winter temperatures and frequent snowfall. Lookout for road closures. Weather varies by elevation, so dress in layers and be prepared for fluctuating conditions.

      Safety Hazards Crime rates vary, but in general, they are quite low. Visitors should spend more time learning about the dangers of the outdoors where they will be traveling. Proper bear training, first-aid skills and injury avoidance techniques are important for people traveling in the back country.

      Health Hazards Mosquitoes, sunburn and heat exhaustion can plague summer travelers, but hypothermia can also be an issue winter or summer. Keep a dry set of clothes, regulate your body temperature and drink enough water.