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.
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 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 Municipality of Jasper has a number of environmental initiatives: