Jasper is located only 20 km from Alberta’s western border with British Columbia, in Jasper National Park, a World Heritage Site famous for its Rocky Mountains, abundance of wildlife and pristine wilderness. A 45 minute drive west takes you to Mt. Robson, the highest mountain in the Canadian Rockies. Jasper is 350 km west of Edmonton on Highway 16, 300 km north of Banff on Highway 93 and 800 km northeast of Vancouver, BC.
VIA Rail and Greyhound provide regular service, and the nearest scheduled air service is to Edmonton (3 ½ hours drive). There is an airstrip near Hinton, a 40 minute drive east of Jasper.
Jasper is renowned for the level of services offered not only to the millions of tourists who visit, but to the locals as well. There are well over 50 restaurants and about 2400 hotel rooms in and around the town.
The Jasper Activity/Aquatic Centre is a tremendous facility. It has an indoor 25 m pool complete with water slide, steam bath and wading pool. There is a weight/exercise room, 2 squash courts, six tennis courts, an indoor arena, curling rink, skateboard park and indoor climbing wall. There are many other sports facilities befitting an active mountain town, with the most impressive being Marmot Basin, a first class ski resort. See the Marmot Basin website at www.skimarmot.com.
The school system is second to none, with Jasper students consistently scoring at or near the top as a group in province wide exams. There is an elementary school (grades K – 6), a junior/senior high school (grade 7 – 12) and a francophone school (grades K – 6). Outdoor recreational opportunities abound for kids.
Other facilities include a hospital, public health unit, medical clinic with 4 -5 doctors, museum, library, fire hall, RCMP detachment, 2 screen movie theatre, art gallery and much more…