Jasper National Park

Jasper National Park


Location: Alberta Map

Area: 10,878 km2 (4,200 sq mi)

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Description of Jasper National Park

Jasper National Park is located in Alberta territory of Canada. This national reserve covers an area of 10,878 km2 (4,200 sq mi). Jasper National Park is one of the largest natural reserves in Canada as well as one of the oldest. It was established in 1907. Jasper National Park is situated 290 kilometers from Calgary and 320 kilometers West of Edmonton.
Jasper National Park is inhabited by over 200 species of various birds, grizzly bears, wolverines, deer, elk, tree porcupines and many other animals. Much of the Jasper National Park is covered by evergreen pine forests. Its picturesque nature and excellent ski slopes draw thousands of tourists year round. The pass into Jasper National Park costs USD 8 per day for adults (or USD 55 for a pass to the park for the whole year), USD 4 for children (USD 27 for year round pass) or USD 16 for the whole family (USD 109 for year round pass).


Getting here

The main road that runs through Jasper National Park is Highway 16 (Yellowhead). You can drive here from Hinton (69 km away) or from Edmonton (35 km away). Another major city in the area of Jasper National Park is Valemount (110 km).


By Train

You can get to Jasper National Park from Edmonton and Vancouver by Via Rail. Additionally private trains of Rocky Mountaineer company can take you there.


By Plane

The closest international airport to Jasper National Park is located in Edmonton and Calgary. Domestic flights can take you closer to the Springbank Airport located nearby.


Fees and permits

All visitors stopping in the park (even just for gas) require a park permit. If you are driving through non-stop, the pass is not required. Day passes and annual passes are available.

All Canadian National Parks require visitors to pay an entry fee. Canadian residents and international visitors pay the same fees. The national parks in Alberta and BC are fairly close to each other and it is possible to visit several of them in a single day. If you pay an entry fee in one mountain park (e.g. Banff National Park), and visit another on the same day (e.g. Yoho National Park), you will not have to pay a second time. Your paid entry fee is valid until 4PM the following day.

The fees that visitors pay do not go to general government revenues; they are used to enhance and maintain the parks and visitor services.

For 2018, the entry fees are:
$9.80 per day for an adult (aged 17-64)
$8.30 per day for a senior (aged 65+)
free for children and youth (aged 0-16)


If you are entering the park as a group of 2-7 people travelling in a single vehicle, you can pay the group fee of $19.60 per day. (This is the same fee as paying for two adults.)

If you will be visiting Canadian National Parks for 7 days or more, you may save money by purchasing an annual Discovery Pass:
$67.70 for an adult
$57.90 for a senior
$136.40 for a family/group


A Discovery Pass includes admission to national historic sites operated by Parks Canada, such as the Banff Park Museum, Cave and Basin National Historic Site, Bar U Ranch, Rocky Mountain House National Historic Site, and Fort Langley National Historic Site. Parks Canada does not operate all of Canada's national historic sites.

Additional variable fees are required for camping and backcountry exploration. See the official Parks Canada website for a complete current schedule.

A Park Pass is also required for anyone travelling the Icefields Parkway (#93) between Lake Louise and Jasper.