Getting to Jasper National Park

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Written by Madison Valois posted on Thursday, July 30th, 2009

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As it holds many of Canada’s most awe inspiring vistas, no one can deny that Jasper National Park is truly one of the world's most beautiful places.

As it holds many of Canada’s most awe inspiring vistas, no one can deny that Jasper National Park is truly one of the world's most beautiful places.

Transportation Options in Jasper National Park

JASPER, Alberta – Jasper, Alberta is celebrated for its scenic Canadian Rocky Mountain landscapes, alpine prairies, immense glaciers and exceptional wildlife surroundings. Jasper National Park was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1984, along with the seven neighboring national and provincial parks forming the Canadian Rockies.

Getting To Jasper National Park

By Air

The closest international airports are Calgary, Edmonton and Vancouver and all three typically offer flights from national and international carriers.

Jasper Vacations is the official airport and shuttle service for Rockies.com and CanadianRockies.net. They offer convenient and affordable service to and from Calgary International Airport and Edmonton International Airport and Jasper.

By Car

Major Canadian roads and highways inside the park are paved and have a speed limit of 90 km/hr with certain wildlife safety zones requiring slower speeds. Plan accordingly as unexpected weather conditions and traffic can cause delays on the road. The Trans-Canada Highway #16, also known as the Yellowhead Highway, is the main road running through the park. The Trans-Canada Highway #1 can be reached from Jasper via the Icefields Parkway.

By Train

The town of Jasper can be reached by the Via Rail train services. Via Rail offers tours through the Canadian Rockies.

By Bus

Jasper can by reached by Greyhound, which offers bus services to and from Vancouver and Edmonton. Canadian Rockies Sightseeing Tours offers scenic bus tours along Jasper’s Icefields Parkway.

By Rental Car

The towns of Jasper and Banff house several car rental agencies.

Distances to Jasper from:

City – KM/Miles – Driving Time

Hinton, AB 77km (47 mi) 1 hr

Valemount, BC 79km (49 mi) 1.5 hrs

Grande Cache, AB 160km (96 mi) 2.75 hrs

Edson, AB 164km (101 mi) 2 hrs

Lake Louise, AB 232 km (139 mi) 3 hrs

Banff, AB 287 km (172 mi) 3 ½ hrs

Edmonton, AB 362 km (220 mi) 3 ½ hrs

Prince George, BC 375km (233 mi) 4 hrs

Grand Prairie, AB 397 km (247 mi) 4 ½ hrs

Calgary, AB 414 km (248 mi) 4 ½ hrs

Kamloops, BC 443 km (265 mi) 5 hrs

Fort McMurray, AB 800 km (497 mi) 8 ½ hrs

Vancouver, BC 863 km (518 mi) 9 ½ hrs

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