Jasper Townsite & Surrounding Mointains from Above, Photo by Uli Harder
Encompassed within the Jasper National Park in the heart of the Athabasca Valley is the specialized municipality of Jasper. Pristine beauty and breathtaking scenery makes up this majestic area, making it one of Alberta's major tourist attractions. In addition to the large number of visitors, Jasper also has a stable population of 4,500 permanent residents living within its 1,600 homes. Residents of this breathtaking mountain community are all proud to call Jasper home.
In order to keep housing in Jasper affordable for people who need to work and live there full time, you must be an "eligible resident" as underst ood by Parks Canada. This regulation is designed to prevent people from buying vacation property in the park that will sit vacant most of the time, or from retiring in the town without contributing to the local work economy. Anyone can own a property in the Jasper townsite, but only those who have a "need to reside" can occupy the home. To learn more, visit the Jasper Eligible Residency page on the Parks Canada website.
Jasper National Park is renowned for its scenery and stands as one of North America's largest protected natural areas: Jasper's defining feature is the towering mountain peaks that surround it. Residents of Jasper help themselves to the natural wonders of the area: from discovering wildlife in your backyard to hiking up the side of the rockies, Jasper holds a world of adventure for residents and visitors alike.
The area has a rich variety of recreational options no matter the time of year. In winter you can ski at Canada's highest ski hill, Marmot Basin, or visit the spectacular ice waterfall at Maligne Canyon. Throw on your skates for an evening of skating at Jasper Park Lodge, or grab a friend and go cross-country skiing on one of the many trails in the area, then stop by a family-owned cafe for a cup of hot chocolate to warm up.
In the spring and summer the area comes alive with wildlife and flora: take a ride through the icefields parkway and visit the Columbia Icefields, or spend hours hiking through the rockies. Other warm-weather activities include: golfing, fishing, rafting, horseback riding, cycling, and boating. Camping outings to Jasper are also common, allowing campers to get close to nature in Alberta’s backyard.
Get better acquainted with the town of Jasper: learn more about our local services, businesses, schools and municipal government. Learn about our history, and get information about the park.
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There's a lot to do in Jasper, from indoor recreation to amazing outdoor adventure opportunities. There are hundreds of ways to enjoy yourself in Jasper National Park, no matter what season it is.