Stay and play in Jasper National Park
Following the lead of the fur trading companies, in 1907 both the Grand Trunk Pacific Railway and Canadian Northern Railway came to the area. A community was established and was eventually named after Jasper Hawes, the clerk who managed the local trading post nearly 100 years earlier.
Jasper National Park was officially established in 1930. It is the largest national park in the Canadian Rockies, spanning more than 10,000 km2 (4,200 sq mi). The park includes the Columbia Icefield glaciers, hot springs, lakes, waterfalls and mountains and it abounds in wildlife. Jasper is the second largest Dark Sky Preserve on the planet, free of artificial light pollution that inhibits nocturnal habitats and star gazing.
Tourists seeking prime skiing conditions originally built up the area. An all-season road between Jasper and Edmonton opened in 1937 and the Icefields Parkway to Banff was completed in 1940. The tourism industry in Jasper has grown ever since, offering endless ways to enjoy the magic and beauty of the Canadian Rockies year-round.