Sustainability

Sustainability and environmental stewardship are at the core of being a National Park. At Jasper National Park, we share responsibility for protecting our incredible mountain home with many partners, community members and agencies.

Jasper Dark Sky Preserve

In March 2011, the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada designated Jasper National Park as a dark sky preserve. A dark sky preserve is an area where no artificial lighting is visible, and active measures are in place to promote the reduction of light pollution.

Until recently, Jasper was the largest dark sky preserve in the world — now we’re known as the world’s largest accessible dark sky preserve. We’re still unique in that we’re the only preserve with a town inside its borders.

Each October, we celebrate our preserve with the Jasper Dark Sky Festival. Explore the Jasper Dark Sky Preserve!


Parks Canada

Parks Canada is the government agency charged with protecting Canada’s national parks, historic sites, and marine conservation areas. Protecting a park like Jasper is a delicate and ever-changing balancing act — Parks Canada is often required to create adaptive and resourceful solutions for managing the park.

  • The status of Jasper National Park as a UNESCO World Heritage Site holds Parks Canada to the highest possible standards in the conservation community.
  • Parks Canada plays an important role in securing the long-term ecological health of Jasper National Park.
  • By visiting Jasper, you also share in the stewardship of the park. Please tread lightly on the land, pack out what you pack in, and leave no trace.


Municipality of Jasper

The Municipality of Jasper has a number of environmental initiatives:

  • A recycling and composting program.
  • Several solar initiatives, including a solar panel system on the roof of the Jasper Activity Centre. (Electrical consumption is especially important to Jasper since the town is not connected to the provincial power grid.)
  • Environment Week, a time to celebrate Jasper’s year-round actions — and discover new initiatives — to preserve Jasper National Park’s environment.
  • The Environmental Stewardship Awards, which celebrate the achievements of Jasper people, organizations and businesses in enhancing, preserving and protecting the environment.