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Jasper National Park - General Park Information

Jasper National Park is in the Canadian Rockies in the province of Alberta, Canada. Travelers can reach the park by taking a VIA Rail Canada train to the town of Jasper in the park. Greyhound buses stop in Jasper. Shuttle service is available from Jasper to hotels and park trails. The park can also be reached by taking the Yellowhead Highway or the Icefields Parkway.

Accommodations in the park include hotels, lodges, cabins and campsites. Whistler's Inn has mountain views and hot tubs on the roof. Some of the suites at Marmot Lodge will hold up to six people. Cabins with kitchens are available at Pocahontas Cabins.

Park visitors will find things to do outdoors all year long. There are plenty of trails for hiking, biking and horseback riding in the summer. Motorcycles are allowed on some park roads. The park's lakes and streams have places for fishing, whitewater rafting and canoeing. There are places to dive in Patricia Lake. Spectacular bodies of water to visit in the park include Sunwapta Falls and Miette Hot Springs.

The park has plenty of places for winter recreation. Visitors can ice skate on Patricia Lake. There are places in the park for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. Adventurous visitors can walk along the ice in the frozen Maligne Canyon or take a walk on the Athabasca Glacier in the Columbia Icefield.

There are several things to do in the town of Jasper. The Jasper Yellowhead Museum and Archives has a gallery full of displays on the history of Jasper National Park. The archives section has thousands of pieces of written material pertaining to the area's history. Books on local history are sold in the museum's gift shop. Visitors can buy work by local artists in this gift shop and in the Mountain Galleries in Jasper.

Jasper visitors can enjoy indoor recreational opportunities at the Jasper Fitness & Aquatic Centre. The centre has a climbing wall, volleyball courts, pools and diving boards.