Jasper National Park, Canada

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Introduction

Jasper National Park is the largest national park in the Canadian Rockies, spanning 10,878 km². It is located in the province of Alberta, north of Banff National Park and west of the City of Edmonton.


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When to Go

The park is open year-round, but the weather and scenery are generally spectacular in late summer and early fall. Forest fire season in North America also winds down in the fall, so the air is clearer—especially important for photo enthusiasts.

Wildlife viewing can happen any time of year, but your best bets are early in the morning or late in the evening during the slow seasons (fall and spring), particularly for bears, elk, and sheep. The best time to watch the annual elk rut, when males bugle and compete with each other for females, is August to September along the Athabasca River. Camping is very popular in summer. Most campgrounds are open until Labour Day weekend; some stay open later in the fall. There are winter campgrounds as well. Skiing and snowboarding at Marmot Basin typically runs from November to April.


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Did you know?

 The biggest of all Rocky Mountain Parks with vast alpine meadows, glaciers and windswept ridges – 11,228 square kilometre (about 4250 square miles) in all.
The park is home to about 100 grizzly bears, 70 black bears, 60 wolves, 125 woodland caribou, 550 elk, and 180 moose.



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World Heritage Site

This park was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1984, together with the other national and provincial parks that form the Canadian Rocky Mountain Parks, for the mountain landscapes containing mountain peaks, glaciers, lakes, waterfalls, canyons, and limestone caves as well as fossils found here.


Where To Stay?

1-Johnston Canyon Resort

Johnston Canyon Resort is situated just off the scenic Bow Valley Parkway at the base of one of the top attractions in Banff National Park. It is only a short 25-minute scenic drive from the towns of Banff or Lake Louise, Alberta. When you walk outside your private cabin you will feel invigorated by the fresh air and soothing sounds of nature


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2-Banff Rocky Mountain Resort

Being 4km out of town at the far, far end of Banff Ave is a small price to pay for the preferential prices and excellent all-round facilities here (including a hot tub, pool, tennis courts and cafe-restaurant).



Article Sources | travel.nationalgeographic.com | wikipedia.org | .jaspernationalpark.com | lonelyplanet.com 

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