Jagged mountain peaks, shimmering glaciers, and crystal-clear lakes are just part of the incredible scenery that makes up the largest and wildest of Canada's Rocky Mountain parks. Situated along the eastern slopes of the Rockies in west-central Alberta, Jasper National Park is home to an astonishing variety of wildlife. Part of a collective UNESCO World Heritage Site, Jasper National Park is the planet's second-largest dark sky preserve. Light pollution is so minimal here that conditions are ideal for viewing the night sky, which both professional and amateur astronomers come here to do.
- Larger than life Almost the size of the state of Connecticut, Jasper is the largest of the Canadian Rocky Mountain national parks, and it's one of the world's largest protected mountain ecosystems.
- Spectacular scenery Jasper's scenery is rugged and mountainous. Within its boundaries are crystal-clear mountain lakes, thundering waterfalls, jagged mountain peaks, and ancient glaciers.
- Wonderful wildlife The Canadian Rockies provide a diverse habitat for 277 bird species and 69 species of mammals, including deer, elk, moose, sheep, goats, and bears.
- Columbia Icefield The largest ice field south of Alaska, the Columbia Icefield is also the hydrographic apex of North America, with water flowing to three different oceans from one point.
- Authentic mountain community The town of Jasper makes a great home base for forays into the park. With hotels, restaurants, and shopping, it has all the amenities you need.