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Jasper, Canada

Jasper is a town in Jasper National Park in the Alberta Rockies region of Alberta, Canada.

Jasper House was a North West Company fur trade outpost established in 1813 on the York Factory Express trade route to what was then called "New Caledonia" (now British Columbia), and Fort Vancouver in Columbia District on the lower Columbia River. It was later taken over by the Hudson's Bay Company.

Jasper National Park was established in 1907. The railway siding at the location of the future townsite was established by Grand Trunk Pacific Railway in 1911 and called named Fitzhugh after a Grand Trunk vice president (along the Grand Trunk's "alphabet" line). The Canadian Northern Railway began service to Fitzhugh in 1912. The townsite was surveyed in 1913 by H. Matheson. It was renamed Jasper after the former fur trade post. An internment camp was set up at Dominion Park in Jasper from February... Read more

Jasper, Canada

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Jasper is a town in Jasper National Park in the Alberta Rockies region of Alberta, Canada.

Jasper House was a North West Company fur trade outpost established in 1813 on the York Factory Express trade route to what was then called "New Caledonia" (now British Columbia), and Fort Vancouver in Columbia District on the lower Columbia River. It was later taken over by the Hudson's Bay Company.

Jasper National Park was established in 1907. The railway siding at the location of the future townsite was established by Grand Trunk Pacific Railway in 1911 and called named Fitzhugh after a Grand Trunk vice president (along the Grand Trunk's "alphabet" line). The Canadian Northern Railway began service to Fitzhugh in 1912. The townsite was surveyed in 1913 by H. Matheson. It was renamed Jasper after the former fur trade post. An internment camp was set up at Dominion Park in Jasper from February 1916 to August 1916.

By 1931, Jasper was accessible by road from Edmonton, and in 1940 the scenic Icefields Parkway opened, connecting Lake Louise and Jasper.


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Jasper, Canada: Port Information


You can visit the town on a cruise tour.

Get around Jasper, Canada


There is no public transit. A few taxis and rental cars are available, and bikes can be rented in the summer.

Hitchhikers report that getting a lift in Jasper is very easy.

Jasper is small enough that most places can be easily walked to. Tour companies offer bus service to most of the major tourist destinations including Maligne Lake, The Columbia Icefields, and Miette Hot Springs. The two major companies in town are Brewster and SunDog. Both these companies offer similar tours at the same price. The only difference is the size of the tour group: Brewster uses large buses (seating approx. 50) and SunDog has smaller vehicles.

 

What to see in Jasper, Canada


  • ​Many attractions in Jasper National Park are a short drive away.
  • Jasper Information Centre, 500 Connaught Drive, ☎ +1 780-852-6176.

What to do in Jasper, Canada


  • Rent a bike. Plenty of sports shops offer bikes, which are a great way to see the area.
  • Jasper Tramway, Whistler's Road, ☎ +1 780-852-3093. Cable-car to great views of the area from Whistlers Mountain. The hike from the upper station to the summit is not too difficult with only a few steep sections, however, do not forget this is high mountain area and you can be in cold clouds very quickly, even in the summer. Should not really venture too far from the boardwalk if you are in T-shirt and flip-flops, although some idiots do.
  • Marmot Basin, 1 Marmot Road, ☎ +1 780-852-3816. Cross Country and downhill skiing

What to eat and drink in Jasper, Canada


Eat

Most of the hotels in or near Jasper have restaurants that will meet or beat your expectations for dining in a small community. Some are higher-toned than others, but across the board, food is generally very good and portions tend to be hearty. In addition to the hotel restaurants, the town has several noteworthy dining spots as well as numerous restaurants catering to the hungry but penny-pinching skiers and other visiting outdoors-folk.

  •   Becker's Gourmet Restaurant, ☎ +1 780 852-3535. French / Canadian cuisine
  •   Dead Dog Bar & Grill, 404 Connaught St, ☎ +1 780-852-3351.
  •   Earls, 600 Patricia St, ☎ +1 780-852-2393. Western Canadian cuisine. A restaurant and bar in one, this can get fairly packed out. The staff aren't fantastic, but the food more than makes up for the wait to be seated.
  •   Jasper Brewing Company, 624 Connaught Dr, ☎ +1 780 852-4111. Unique in Jasper, beer is brewed on-site.
  •   Kimchi House, 407 Patricia St, ☎ +1 780 852-5022. Korean cuisine.
  •   North Face Pizza, 618 Connaught Dr, ☎ +1 780-852-5830. Excellent pizza, great after a day at Marmot Basin!
  •   Sayuri's Japanese Restaurant, 410 Connaught Dr, ☎ +1 780-852-2282. Japanese cuisine, sushi.
  •   Something Else, 621 Patricia St, ☎ +1 780-852-3850. A Greek restaurant that serves up a variety of cuisine, and pizza.

Drink

  • Hearthstone Lounge and Champs Sports Lounge (Sawridge Inn), 82 Connaught Drive, ☎ +1 780-852-5111. Hearthstone Lounge (10:30 AM to 10 PM) offers appetizers, soups and a wide selection of light meals. Cocktails, wines by the glass, fine draught beer. Unique furnishings, large flat screen TVs, stone fireplace. Champs Sports Lounge (4:30 PM to midnight) offers food and drink, Wednesday night karaoke, UFC fight nights on large flat screen TVs, NHL games and playoffs.
  • Villa Caruso, 640 Connaught Drive (Corner Hazel Ave), ☎ +1 780 852-3920. Steak House & Bar

Shopping in Jasper, Canada


  • Connaught Dr.. Full of souvenir shops, clothing stores, and jewelry stores.
  • Patricia St.. A few more practical shops.

Safety in Jasper, Canada


Bears looking for food are a potential problem. The city has installed bear-proof garbage cans and business use bear-proof dumpsters.

Language spoken in Jasper, Canada


English and French are the official languages. 

LOCAL TIME

5:33 pm
September 17, 2019
America/Edmonton

CURRENT WEATHER

7.81 °C / 46.058 °F
light rain
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6.2 °C/43 °F
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Thu

6.46 °C/44 °F
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Fri

7.01 °C/45 °F
moderate rain
Sat

8.43 °C/47 °F
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