Facts About Jasper National Park

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Jasper National Park

Located in the beautiful Canadian Rockies, Jasper National Park is a national park in Alberta, Canada. It covers an area of 10,878 km2 square kilometres (4,200 sq mi). Today it's one of the most popular and visited national parks in the world. It is close to the city of Edmonton and not too far from the oldest and most beautiful national park in Canada, Banff National Park... which also located in the province of Alberta.

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1) Jasper is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is home to lakes, glaciers, wildlife, waterfalls, and other beautiful natural features.

2) Jasper is a major centre for winter tourism. The park draws more than two million visitors every year, most of them from the United States and Europe. In winter, the area has more than 80 ski slopes and over 250 km (km) of cross-country ski trails.

3) It is one of the largest national parks in the world.

4) The first European to explore this region was George Simpson in 1820.

5) One of the most visited mountains is Pyramid Mountain, situated close to Maligne Lake. It is an excellent place to hike, but we do recommend you bring a bike. Maligne Lake is the largest lake in Jasper. Also be sure to visit Maligne Canyon.

6) Jasper was once called Rainbow Valley because a multi-coloured sheen is visible on the white snowpack that blankets the landscape.

7) The town of Jasper was named after Jasper Hawes who was a wharfmaster in Vancouver for Canadian Pacific Railway from 1885 to 1928. He chose the name to honour his two heroes: Edward "Jasper" Tennant, assistant general manager for Canadian Pacific Railway and Johnston George "Jasper" Conquest, general manager for Western Fisheries Association.

8) Jasper was ravaged by forest fires in 1878. Many of the tourists were forced to leave because of the fires.

9) Jasper National Park is one of the ten parks in Canada that are part of the International Dark Sky Association. International Dark Sky Association’s mission is to preserve night skies and to promote astronomy education for all.

10) The Jasper National Park received the Heritage Conservation Award in 2000. It was nominated by the Keeper of the House, which is a government entity that helps protect historic sites and buildings, because of its unique and valuable historical artefacts/fossils.

11) The Jasper Skytram is one of the longest free-cable tramway in the world. It travels higher than any other tramway at an elevation of 2,029 meters. It was opened to the public in 1964.

12) You can travel from Jasper to Lake Louise along the road called Icefield Parkway.

13) There are more than 400 known hiking trails in Jasper National Park. They are one of the most requested visitor attractions in the Park.