My brilliant wife had this great idea, as she often does. Fathers’ Day had been time shifted due to family obligations and we found ourselves free on Fathers’ Day Sunday. Why don’t we do a one day trip to Jasper, my beloved asked? Wait, what?
Let me set the stage for the next few posts:
#1 Jasper National Park (JNP) is quite possibly our favourite place on the earth, both for its mountain beauty and for the number of trips we have taken here for the past 43 years, camping, skiing, hiking, working, and just plain enjoying family time.
#2 JNP is the largest National Park in the Canadian Rockies at 11,000 square km (4,200 sq. mi.).
#3 Originally set up as Jasper Forest Park in 1907, it was granted National Park status in 1930, when the National Parks Act was passed.
#4 Originally referred to as Fitzhugh, until the North West Company established a trading post there run by Jasper Hawes from 1814 to 1817. After that point, the area began to be known as Jasper.
#5 More than 2,000,000 visitors annually.
#6 Mammalian species found in the park are the elk, caribou, moose, mule deer, white-tailed deer, porcupine, lynx, beaver, two species of fox, marten, river otter, mink, pika, grizzly bear, coyote, mountain goat, bighorn sheep, black bear, timber wolf, hoary marmot, cougar and wolverine. The most common birds that fly around this park including are bald eagles, golden eagles, Great horned owls, spruce grouses, white-tailed ptarmigans, bohemian waxwings, evening grosbeaks, Canada geese and red-necked, grebes. (Source – Wikipedia).
#7 The park was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1984, together with the other national and provincial parks that form the Canadian Rocky Mountain Parks, for the mountain landscapes containing mountain peaks, glaciers, lakes, waterfalls, canyons, and limestone caves as well as fossils found here. (Source – Wikipedia)
#8 Designated as a Dark Sky Preserve by the RASC (Royal Astronomical Society of Canada) in 2011. It is the 2nd largest Dark Sky Preserve in the World.
#9 Daily Admissions – $19.60 Family/Group, $9.80 Adult, $8.30 Senior or Commercial Group Individual. Annual pass which one vehicle and passengers into JNP (also all other National Parks in Canada $136.40 ($124 to all AMA members).
#10 Home to world-class tour activities such as the Jasper Tramway up Whistlers Peak, Maligne Lake Boat Cruise, Brewster Skywalk and Columbia Icefield Glacier tour. Also home to Marmot Basin Ski Hill with 3,000 feet of elevation and 90 ski-able runs.
And, so it was that we set off on our 14 hour day (10 hours driving return) for a little mountain fix. The next few posts will be on the various aspects of our day trip. Hope you enjoy the read. The following pix are from some of our other trips.
Wildlife – in order (loon, bull moose, next 4 wapiti (elk), last 2 black bears)
Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge on Lac Beauvert
Maligne Lake and Boat Cruise (including Spirit Island)
Columbia Icefields and Snow Coach Tour
Jasper Tramway and views from the top