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