This Jasper treasure is best viewed from across the street. You should view it at the plaza/compass dedicated to sharing National Historic Site information. Knock on the door of classic Canadiana! The mark of hearty and welcoming cobblestone and timber will most surely tell you you’re in one of Canada’s National Parks.
One of the most influential examples of rustic architecture makes for Jasper’s most handsome landmark: Jasper National Park superintendent, Colonel Maynard Rogers, had a dream for the town and Edmontonian architect A. M.Calderon designed what we now call the Jasper Information Centre, built in 1914. Their vision engaged a unified theme using local materials and the result was this solid woodsy facility that originally housed park administration offices and living quarters for the park superintendent nearly one hundred years ago.
The warmth and character of the Jasper Information Centre greeted train visitors and set a precedent for many other rustic buildings that followed. Take a peek inside; today you’ll see Tourism Jasper, Parks Canada trail office, and The Friends of Jasper Gift Shop.