A haven of hikers and bikers, view-seekers and history buffs, this mountain enclave of quaint and pleasant living is indelibly surrounded by nature on all sides. Nearby, the Jasper National Park is one of the most renowned wildlife hotspots in the entire of the Canadian Rockies, while the town’s Yellowhead Museum boasts a rich array of cultural attractions, from photographic exhibitions to original manuscripts and relics of Jasper’s frontier-town past. Ski action is centred on the Marmot Basin to the south, a well-established resort that’s accessible by the breath-taking Jasper tramway and home to a number of snow schools and accommodation options all year round. All in all, it’s easy to see why Jasper has become a veritable must-do for all outdoorsy types and lovers of Alberta’s authentic historical character.
The wide valleys of Jasper Park’s fir-filled mountain ranges are criss-crossed by rocky crevices and mountain streams, making this – the largest national park in the Canadian Rockies – one of the best places to get really up close and personal with nature. From whitewater rafting and rock climbing, to peaceful mountain hikes and relaxing boat tours on Lake Maligne, there really is something for everyone here.
With more than 3,000 feet of vertical skiing, it’s easy to see why Marmot remains one of Alberta’s premier winter sports destinations 50 years after it was first established. With a good spread of intermediate to expert runs, the basin is suited to a wide range of skiing abilities, while other visitors come here for the magnificent views and high-quality ski schools.
First established as a trading post on the fur route between York Factory and Vancouver, this is a town with a long and rich history to tell. The Jasper Yellowhead Museum offers one of the region’s finest collections of artifacts and images that depict rural life here in raw and realistic fashion, and is not to be missed.
Unbridled luxury and romance are the hallmarks of the Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge. Established in 1922, the resort is now the region’s only year-round provider of full-service accommodation, and the building itself is enveloped on all sides by the towering peaks of the Canadian Rockies. It overlooks the crystal-clear waters of Lac Beauvert, and is well equipped for weddings, honeymoons or romantic holiday breaks.