Journey to Jasper
This easy drive is nearly as exceptional as the destination itself
( 1 ) Edmonton
The capital of Canada's Alberta province is a vibrant metropolis that sits on the North Saskatchewan River. Plan around one of its many festivals, sample inventive dishes created by award-winning chefs, or learn about local natural history at the Royal Alberta Museum.
( 2 ) Galloway Station Museum and Travel Centre, Edson
This elegant, well-equipped facility is easily accessible from the Yellowhead highway both east and west bound, and located almost exactly between Edmonton and the Jasper townsite, making it an ideal place to take a break, stretch your legs, grab a coffee or a bite to eat and enjoy the facilities.
( 3 ) Apex Predator Brewing, Edson
Top up your car with gas and grab a craft beer in Edson at Apex Predator Brewing, Alberta’s first rural destination brewery, where only the strongest beers survive.
( 4 ) Beaver Boardwalk, Hinton
The world’s longest freshwater boardwalk is located at 408 Collinge Rd in Hinton and passes through a local wetland system that includes a beaver dam, seating areas and many educational signs.
( 5 ) Hinton Bike Park
This outstanding mountain bike park is Alberta’s largest free access bike park of its kind. It’s fun, safe, and accessible for all abilities and ages.
( 6 ) Luge Sledding, Hinton
Located below the Athabasca lookout tower on the Nordic Centre Road around 20 minutes north of Hinton via Highway 40 North. Fun for the whole family!
( 7 ) Folding Mountain Brewing
Located just 10 minutes west of Hinton, Folding Mountain Brewing offers scenic views of the Rocky Mountains paired with high quality craft beer. If the weather’s pleasant, enjoy their large patio or sit indoors to enjoy the vaulted ceilings and rustic-chic stylings.
( 8) Miette Hot Springs
Home to the hottest mineral springs in the Canadian Rockies and located 61 kilometres east of Jasper town site/51 kilometres west of Hinton. The hot springs also have the Sulphur Skyline trail nearby, a gift shop, change rooms and food service available.
( 9 ) Jasper
You made it! Get ready for a whole new set of adventures.
GET TO JASPER BY AIR
Edmonton, Calgary and Vancouver have international airports that are serviced by major national and international carriers:
GET TO JASPER BY BUS
If you'd rather let someone else do the driving, try a bus service!
Sundog Tours can pick you up at the Calgary airport and bring you to Jasper via Banff and the spectacular Icefields Parkway. Or, they can pick you up at the Edmonton airport and bring you to Jasper via Highway 16. Here are Sundog Tours schedules and reservations.
GET TO JASPER BY TRAIN
For a chance to sit back, relax and see scenery that you can’t see from any highway, take the train! There are two rail services that can bring you to Jasper:
GET TO JASPER BY CAR
Trans-Canada Highway 16, also known as the Yellowhead, runs through the park and is the main east-west route to and from Jasper.
The Icefields Parkway, widely considered one of the most scenic stretches of highway in the world, runs north-south, connecting Jasper with Trans-Canada Highway 1 near Lake Louise and Banff.
If you don’t have your own car to drive to Jasper, try these car rental agencies. They have offices both in Jasper and throughout Canada and the U.S.
All major roads in Jasper are paved, and all major highways have shoulders. The maximum speed limit inside Jasper National Park is 90km/hour, with several areas having slower limits for wildlife safety. Make sure to factor in plenty of time for breaks, slow traffic and inclement weather conditions. Here’s where you can see current road conditions: