The Town of Jasper
The quiet mountain town of Jasper sits at an elevation of 1060m, surrounded by snow capped mountains, long winding rivers and dense forest. Over the years Jasper has strived to produce world class amenities while maintaining the pristine beauty of the environment.
History of Jasper
In 1810, the great Canadian surveyor, David Thompson, made the first record of Athabasca valley region. In 1813 the North West Company built their supply depot on Brule Lake. This later became Jasper House. A monument still stands along the Yellowhead Highway today, marking the location of Jasper House.
In 1907 the Dominion Government set aside 13,000 square kilometres to formally establish the Jasper Forest Park. It was not until 1928 that the first road opened between the city of Edmonton and Jasper. In 1930 Jasper Forest Park became Jasper National Park.
Now you can easily travel the Yellowhead Highway (also known as Highway 16) from Edmonton to Jasper. The distance between the two is roughly 365km (227 mile) and takes approximately 3 hours to reach the Park Gates and 3.5 hours to reach Jasper town.
The town of Jasper is now a major hub, both commercially and economically, along the Yellowhead Highway. The town of Jasper has a population of around 5000 residents. In the summer months, Jasper is full of campers, hikers, backpackers and wilderness enthusiasts. In the winter the town is busy with skiers, snowshoers and people just out to enjoy the snowy mountains.
In Jasper you will find all of the amenities you need to enjoy your stay. The town and residents of Jasper have put an emphasis on supporting local businesses. Locally owned and operated restaurants, cafes and shoppes line the streets of downtown. The town of Jasper is easy to walk around, which is great because finding parking can sometimes be a challenge.
You may be surprised to find that there is no Starbucks or Tim Hortons in Jasper. Instead, treat yourself to artisan brewed coffee, carefully prepared lattes and the delicious home baked goods.
Many people from around the world come to Jasper for work and to enjoy the mountain lifestyle. If you spend any time in Jasper town, you’re likely to meet many people from around the world.
If you are looking for things to do in Jasper town, check out our list of the best Jasper activities!