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Jasper Alberta is situated at the northernmost point on Hwy-93 which runs from Phoenix Arizona, through Las Vegas Nevada, Idaho and Montana and into British Columbia's Columbia River Valley meeting at the junction of the Icefields Parkway with the cross-country Yellowhead Highway (Hwy-16), which links Edmonton with Prince Rupert, BC. The townsite of Jasper (pop. 3,800) preserves its frontier character intact. Making your way to Jasper Alberta from Arizona can get tiring; booking Las Vegas hotelsonline for an overnight rest is advised.Jasper Tramway

2 mi. South of Jasper townsite off Hwy 93 is the Jasper Tramway. Jasper's "peak" attraction gives you an unforgettable view of the Athabasca Valley and Jasper National Park. Two tram cars take visitors to an elevation of 7496' (2285 m) in 7 minutes. The Upper Terminal has a gift shop and a licensed restaurant. Hike along prepared trails in the alpine region with complimentary certified guides. This is the longest and highest tramway in Canada.

Jasper National Park is Canada's largest Rocky Mountain Park and one of North America's largest natural areas - spanning 10,878 sq. km (4,200 sq. mi.) of awe-inspiring scenic splendor. Jasper's combination of wildlife, startlingly blue-green mountain lakes, soaring peaks and broad forested valleys ranks it as one of the world's premiere national parks.

Jasper offers first-class visitor attractions, activities, facilities and services within magnificently scenic wilderness surroundings of unparalleled beauty.

Shimmering glaciers, abundant wildlife, crystal clear lakes, thundering waterfalls, deep canyons and evergreen forest surrounded by towering, rugged mountain peaks - are what your eyes have been waiting to see. Jasper is close to the spectacular Columbia Icefields.

Patricia Lake - Jasper National ParkColumbia Icefields:

The Columbia Icefield is the largest of the chain of icefields along the Great Divide separating Alberta and British Columbia. Columbia Icefields is home to the some of the tallest peaks in Alberta, Mt. Columbia, North Twin, South Twin, Mt. Kitchener, The Stuttfields, Mt. Bryce, Snow Dome and the The Athabasca Glacier. Visitors are warned NOT to walk out onto the glacier. Guided tours are available.

Maligne Lake:
The longest and the deepest lake in the Rockies, Maligne Lake is known internationally for its deep azure colour and snow-capped mountains. Maligne Lake is the second largest glacier-fed lake in the world, stretching 22km (14 mi.).

There are more than 1200 kilometres (660 miles) of hiking trails (both overnight and day trips), and a number of spectacular mountain drives.

The Icefields Parkway is kept open year-round, but gas, food, and lodging services are available almost only near the towns of Banff, Jasper and Lake Louise. Wide shoulders and frequent hostels along the Parkway make it an excellent bicycling route, too. For two hundred and thirty kilometres, from Lake Louise to the Jasper townsite, the Parkway winds along the shoulder of the Great Divide and passes by the spectacular mountains of the Eastern Main Ranges of the Canadian Rockies. It follows the headwaters of three major rivers and crosses two major passes en route.

Jasper is an internationally recognized four-season destination with so much to see and do to suit everyone's tastes. Whatever spectacular time of year you choose to visit - just be sure you plan to stay awhile. You'll want to have enough time to enjoy Jasper's many exceptional offerings.

The closest international airport would be Edmonton which is approximately 360km east of Jasper. The next closest is Calgary, approximately 480km south east of Jasper.

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