Jasper is located in western Alberta, Canada, in the Athabasca River valley. It is the commercial center of Jasper National Park, in the Canadian Rockies. Jasper is 362 kilometres (225 mi) west of Edmonton and 290 kilometres (180 mi) north of Banff, Alberta. Jasper is connected to the west via the Yellowhead Highway and the Yellowhead Pass to Prince George, British Columbia, and to the east to Edmonton. Toward the south, the Icefield Parkway leads to Lake Louise, Banff townsite and Banff National Park.
Jasper National Park is the largest park in the Rocky Mountains and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, encompassing some of the most majestic, pristine and accessible wilderness in Canada. Situated in the midst of the Canadian Rockies, the town overlooks the Athabasca Valley with towering peaks all around. The setting is very beautiful and attracts tourists from all corners of the world who come to enjoy the many outdoor recreational facilities in Jasper National Park.
The resident population of Jasper enjoys living in a mountain resort community, and most take advantage of the recreational opportunities here. Many are mountain climbers, mountain bikers, avid skiers and hikers. Itís the natural way to enjoy the majestic scenery of mountains, glaciers, lakes, and rivers that are near.
Donít be surprised if you encounter an elk or deer walking down Main Street, remember they have the right of way. Jasper offers the travelling public motels, hotels, lodges, camping facilities, restaurants, fast food outlets, retail stores, sporting goods outfitters, souvenir and art shops, museums and other amenities.