Enjoy outdoor adventures and wildlife spotting amid an unspoiled wilderness of rugged mountains, imposing glaciers, dramatic canyons, mirror lakes and green valleys.
Visit Jasper National Park South Entrance to discover a magnificent mountain getaway, which has postcard-perfect landscapes and diverse ecosystems. Jasper National Park South Entrance is the southern gateway to Jasper National Park, the Canadian Rockies’ biggest national park. Its breathtaking scenery is a paradise for lovers of nature and outdoor pursuits. Bike, hike and ride on horseback along trails framed by waterfalls and flower-filled meadows. Take scenic drives, try alpine sports and spot rare wildlife.
At the heart of the national park is Jasper, a welcoming town surrounded by natural wonders and an ideal base for arranging excursions. Marvel at the bird’s-eye views of the town and mountain ranges on the Jasper Sky Tram. Explore the Easy Trails in the summer months, a network of trails that traverse the Athabasca River Valley. Go skiing at the Marmot Basin in winter.
Hike through the craggy gorges of the Maligne Canyon or to the summit of Mount Edith Cavell. Travel along the Icefields Parkway, between Jasper and Banff, for up-close views of over 100 majestic glaciers. Be sure to join a bus ride to the top of Athabasca Glacier, at the Glacier Discover Centre. Step onto the Glacier Skywalk, a glass-bottom walkway suspended 918 feet (280 meters) above cliffs and waterfalls.
The Canadian Rockies present a natural habitat for 69 species of mammals. Keep watch for frequent sightings of black bears, coyotes, elk and moose. See over 250 bird types, including eagles, grouse and owls. Anglers will enjoy fishing for pike and rainbow trout, among others, at Maligne Lake.
Intercity buses connect Calgary and Edmonton with Jasper and other areas of the national park. Get around via public buses, organized tours, rented car and bike.
The national park is open year-round, although adverse weather conditions may force the closure of some areas in the winter months. There’s an admission fee, with discounts available for families, students and seniors. Book accommodation and camping pitches in advance from July to September. For more information visit Jasper National Park’s official website.