From trading post to a bustling town, it was the little community that could.
Over one hundred years ago, Jasper Forest Park first came to be and was named after the popular fur trading post operator, Jasper Hawes. By 1911, the Park saw the Grand Trunk Pacific Railway line reach Mile 112. What was then called the town of Fitzhugh - flourished around the new railway station, and by 1913 the name was changed to Jasper to complement the Park. A community was born and stone and timber were turned in to the historical treasures we still see today.
To take in the charm of Jasper is to linger in the heart of the town and wander back in time at the sight of the Jasper National Park Information Centre, the train station, post office, old fire hall, Jackman House, Robson House and CIBC buildings.
Channel your inner- explorer and embark on a memorable tour of Jasper's rich history that includes storied adventures of the early settlers, railway pioneers and outfitter guides who created a life amidst the majestic Rockies. Visit the Jasper-Yellowhead Museum & Archives (http://www.jaspermuseum.org) at 400 Pyramid Lake Road.
Visit http://www.jasper.travel to start your exploration!
Getting To Jasper
Driving to Jasper National Park is scenic and beautiful. Highway #16 (also called the YellowheadHighway) runs through the park and is the main east-west route to and from Jasper. The IcefieldsParkway, widely considered one of the most scenic stretches of highway in the world, runs north-south connecting Jasper with the Trans-Canada Highway #1 near Lake Louise and Banff. For current road conditions please check out AMA Road Reports for Mountain Parks and/or Parks Canada Road Condition Report. All major roads in Jasper are paved and all major highways have shoulders. Make sure to factor in plenty of time for breaks, slow traffic, and inclement weather conditions. The maximum speed limit inside the national parks is 90 km/hr, with several areas having slower limits for wildlife safety.
Jasper National Park can be accessed by both Via Rail and Rocky Mountaineer.Rail travel allows lucky travellers to sit back and relax, while enjoying some of the most beautiful scenery found anywhere on the planet.
Sundog Tours offers service from Jasper to the Calgary International Airport via Banff, along the spectacular Icefields Parkway. Additionally, their Edmonton-Jasper connector links Jasper with the Edmonton International Airport. Calgary, Edmonton, and Vancouver also have regular Greyhound bus service to Jasper.
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