Altitude, Not Attitude
Jasper in the Canadian Rockies
Picture yourself in a mountain getaway surrounded by soaring peaks and ancient glaciers, an untouched wilderness of evergreens and turquoise lakes tucked into alpine valleys. Cruise through rolling foothills and into jaspers iconic Rocky Mountains, 192 mi west of Edmonton and 256 mi northwest of Calgary. The town of Jasper is an authentic mountain community where the locals welcome you as long lost friends and you are able to find all the comforts you could wish for.
Getting to Jasper is half the fun. Those traveling from far and wide can find flights into Calgary, Edmonton, or Vancouver with ease. From there, drive the spectacular Icefields Parkway or take advantage of daily door-to-door shuttle service from Edmonton or Calgary. You can also choose to experience a modernized take on a traditional style of travel as you enjoy the view from the domed car of a VIA rail train from Vancouver, Edmonton, or--for a longer trip--Toronto.
Home of the Columbia Icefield and "Mile Zero" of the Icefield Parkway
Take a stunning drive on the Icefield Parkway, starting at "Mile Zero" in the town of Jasper. Made famous by international travelers who deemed the picture-perfect passage one of the 10 most beautiful drives in the world, this trip includes majestic mountain skylines, ancient glaciers, sweeping valleys, tumbling waterfalls, brilliant turquoise lakes, and Jasper National Park's famous Columbia Icefield among its many spectacular sights.
The Townsite: Authentic, Eclectic, and Untamed
What sort of mountain town would you hope to find in an alpine paradise? Something laid-back, peaceful, and non-commercialized? Jasper is all of that and more. In a word, it's authentic. It's the kind of place that welcomes visitors like family and treats everyone with genuine kindness and respect. It's like a breath of fresh cool mountain air: crisp and invigorating, yet reassuringly calm. With 4,500 permanent residents, Jasper is a self-described little township in a big park. And in its untamed heart, it's also a gateway to adventure.
Things to Do
There's no shortage of excitement when you visit Jasper. Start with a hike between mountains so majestic they make your worries seem insignificant in comparison, or relax as you spend the day soaking in natural hot springs. Take an exhilarating ride out onto the Columbia Icefields, go white water rafting, try backcountry horseback riding, or cruise down the world's most scenic highway on the back of a motorcycle. Play a round of golf on Canada's number-one resort course or soar in a cable car among towering snow-capped peaks as you relive the enchanting, colorful history of one of North America's most fascinating frontier towns. No matter what you're looking for, you'll find it in Jasper.
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