Jasper National Park

Jasper National Park is located in western Canada in the western part of the province of Alberta. It is north of Banff National Park along near the border of Alberta and British Columbia. The park boundaries encompass an area of 4,200 square miles (11,000 sq km) making it the largest of the national parks protecting the Canadian Rockies.

This UNESCO World Heritage Site is renowned for majestic mountain peaks, splendorous waterfalls, tremendous canyons, and the beautifully colored lakes, rivers and icefields.

Mount Edith Cavell with a summit of 11,033 feet (3,363 m) and Pyramid Mountain with a peak of 9,075 (2,766 m) are two of the more picturesque mountains within Jasper National Park. The Athabasca Falls is another stunning feat of nature measuring 60 feet (18 m) wide and falling 80 feet (24 m) to the waiting gorge below.

The Columbia Icefield feeds into the park through the Athabasca Glacier. This is only a plus to the other icefield features experienced on the Icefields Parkway between Lake Louise and Jasper. Who is going to complain on this magnificent landscape?

Jasper is also home to a variety and abundance of wildlife. The sought-after predator species include black bear, cougar, coyote, fox, grizzly bear, lynx, timber wolf, wolverine and then the bald and golden eagles from the sky.

Other popular mammalian species found within the national park boundaries include caribou, elk, moose, mule deer, white-tailed deer, porcupine, mountain goat, bighorn sheep, and marmot.

Highlights

  • Mount Edith Cavell
  • Pyramid Mountain
  • Athabasca Falls
  • Athabasca Glacier

It is hard not to call the entire Jasper National Park exploration a highlight. The park is renowned for some of the most stellar nature experiences. The glacier runoff creates some of the most beautiful blue colored rivers, lakes and ponds.

The snow-capped summits create majestic mesmerizing mountainous landscapes. Of course, Mount Edith Cavell and Pyramid Mountain top off the picturesque mountain views. Athabasca Falls is another highlight.

Nature lovers can’t help but enjoy the scenic views offered by Jasper National Park, however, the variety and abundance of wildlife sightings will be exhilarating.

Although there are various activities to engage during a visit to the park, the best way to experience Jasper is through the intimate and personal exploration by hiking the abundance of trails provided to explore the park.

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National Geographic, Jasper National Park, https://www.nationalgeographic.com/travel/parks/jasper-canada-park/, retrieved September 2019.

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