Jasper National Park in the Rocky Mountains in western Canada offers an incomparable panorama of mighty mountain peaks, huge glaciers, deep gorges and spectacular waterfalls.
Jasper National Park in the Canadian state of Alberta is a unique jewel of breathtaking scenic beauty. Covering an area of over 11,000 square kilometres, it is the largest national park in the Rocky Mountains and offers an incomparable panorama of mighty mountain peaks, huge glaciers, alpine grasslands and flower carpets, deep gorges and spectacular waterfalls.
Founded in 1907, it was collectively declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1984 along with all the national parks in the Rocky Mountains.
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PICTURES: Jasper National Park
Sights in Jasper National Park
The sights in Jasper National Park in Canada are countless - wherever the eye looks, exclamations of amazement escape the nature lover at the seemingly paradisiacal backdrop and untouched wilderness.
Maligne Canyon and Maligne Lake
Maligne Canyon is a narrow, approximately 50m deep cut into the rock with breathtaking, often frozen river courses and waterfalls. An ice walk through this bizarre world is not to be missed!
The largest and deepest lake in the park, the picturesque glacier-fed Maligne Lake with idyllic Spirit Island on the deep blue water in front of the Rockies mountain range is considered THE photo motif par excellence.
At almost 3,750 metres, Mount Columbia is the highest mountain in the state of Aberta. In the Miette Hot Springs, you can recover from the exertions of hiking with a bath in the 40°C hot springs. If you love alpine terrain, Sunwapta Pass and Bow Summit are the places to go. Both passes are over 2,000 metres above sea level and take the traveller into the tundra above the tree line.
Medicine Lake is a mystical place that is the subject of many Indian legends. Its water level varies from season to season, and sometimes it even dries up completely. Patricia and Pyramid Lakes are a fascinating reflection of the breathtaking mountain scenery around them, especially when there is no wind.
Columbia Ice Field
The Columbia Ice Field covers an area of over 300 square kilometres and includes, among other things, North America's most visited glacier, the Athabasca Glacier. Another special feature is the Columbia Icefield watershed: from there, water flows into three different oceans.
The other glaciers are best visited during a tour of the Icefields Parkway, along which one imposing ice field follows the next. The Icefields Parkway runs 230 kilometres straight through the Rocky Mountains from Jasper to Lake Louise, passing Athabasca Falls, rushing waterfalls in narrow gorges that have carved a multitude of erosion holes into the rock.
The Glacier Discovery Walk viewing platform, modelled on the Skywalk at the Grand Canyon, presents the breathtaking glacier landscape from a bird's eye view.
A must for sports lovers is a ski or snowboard run at Marmot Basin. On a 600-hectare area, 75 ski runs lead over the 100% natural powder snow of the Rocky Mountains.
Flora, Fauna and History of Jasper National Park
In addition to the scenic attractions, there is also an abundance of wildlife to observe in Jasper National Park. Moose, wapitis, woodland caribou, deer, bighorn sheep, black bears and grizzlies, lynx, mountain goats, cougars, wolves and coyotes are among the largest inhabitants of the national park, to name just a few of the 69 catalogued mammal species.
Jasper National Park also has some historical sights to offer. The Henry House is a remnant from 1811 and was a trading post of the North West Company and the Jasper House dates from 1829, when there was still a brisk fur trade here. This base was once looked after by Jasper Hawes, after whom the park was named.
At Yellowhead Pass, you can still see the railway line of the Grand Trunk Pacific Railway from the beginning of the 20th century. In addition, the Jasper Yellowhead Museum tells the human story of Jasper National Park.
The National Park is perfectly equipped for the comfortable discovery of this unique landscape of the Rocky Mountains with over 1200 hiking trails and a variety of mountain roads worth seeing.