Jasper is the known as the gentle giant of the Canadian Rockies, offering visitors a more laid-back mountain experience with equal options for adventure, discovery and relaxation.
As one of Canada’s oldest and largest national parks, established in 1907, Jasper was once seen as an island of civilization in a vast wilderness. More recently, it has become a popular getaway from urban life, and a special place to reconnect with nature. With nearly 1000km of trails, thousands of campsites, wildlife beyond measure and the largest Dark Sky Preserve on the planet, there are endless ways to enjoy the magic of Jasper National Park.
The Jasper Park Information Centre, located in the middle of the Jasper town site, is a National Historic Site. The building’s river rock walls and log rafters reflect Jasper National Park’s forests and mountains. Since its construction in 1913, this building has been a landmark and focal point of the town of Jasper, helping define the architectural character of the Rocky Mountain community.
Jasper National Park – Natural Wonders Points of Interest
Mount Edith Cavell, 30 km from Jasper, offers excellent views of the Angel Glacier. The road is open June 25 to October 15, weather dependant.
Athabasca Falls, 30 km from Jasper, is where the Athabasca River pours into a narrow canyon. Enjoy the drive on the old highway, /93A.
Miette Hot Springs, 61 km from Jasper, is a winding mountain road open in the summer only. It leads you up the scenic Fiddle Valley to the hottest mineral springs in the Canadian Rockies.
Maligne Canyon, 11 km from Jasper, plunges 23 metres into a steep-walled gorge of limestone bedrock. It is open in the summer and winter.
Medicine Lake, 27 km from Jasper, is a peculiar lake where the Maligne River flows in but there is no surface outlet. Instead, the water flows underground for many kilometres, emerging in such places as Maligne Canyon and Lac Beauvert.
Maligne Lake, 48 km from Jasper, is the largest lake in Jasper National Park and the deepest. It is well known for its scenery and Spirit Island. This area offers exceptional hiking, fishing and sightseeing. You can also rent a canoe or kayak, or enjoy a boat cruise.
Icefield Centre, 103 km from Jasper, the Columbia Icefield is the visual high point of the Icefields Parkway. An access road takes you to an interpretive trail leading to the toe of the Athabasca Glacier.
Sunwapta Falls, 55 km from Jasper, tumbles into a limestone gorge similar to Maligne Canyon.
Jasper National Park Hiking Trails
Cottonwood Creek and Pyramid Lake Loop offers 2 trails, 3.8 km return or 15 km return from the Jasper Activity Centre parking lot.
Patricia Lake Circle is 4.6 km return from the Pyramid Stables parking area lot
Mina Lakes – Riley Lake Loop is 9 km return and goes from the Jasper Activity Centre parking lot, near the start of Pyramid Lake Road
The Whistler`s Trail is 7.9 km one way (3-5 hours up / 2-3 hours down). The trail head is 1.8 km south on the Icefields Parkway (Hwy #93), turn into Whistler’s Road and follow it 2.8 km to an unpaved road access on the left.
Old Fort Point Loop is 3.5 km return with trailhead access from highway, #16 to highway 93A to the Old Fort Point / Lac Beauvert access road. Turn left, cross the Athabasca River on the old iron bridge. (distance from town is 1.6 km)
Valley of the Five Lakes is 4.2 km return. Head 9 km south on highway 93.
Maligne Canyon is 2.1 km one way with easy access from town heading north on highway 16 to the Maligne Road.
Owning and operating hotel accommodations in Jasper is both a pleasure and a privilege. The Mount Robson Inn encourages guests, visitors and staff to respect the natural environment while enjoying Jasper National Park.
The Mount Robson Inn offers year round specials and packages that pair Jasper hotel accommodations with area activities and outdoor adventures. Please visit our specials and packages page as well as the summer and winter activities in Jasper.