Jasper National Park is 10,878 square kilometre (4,200 square mile) park, Canada's largest in the Rocky Mountains. The park contains rugged mountain peaks, year-round glaciers, crystal clear lakes, thundering waterfalls, deep canyons, evergreen forests and abundant wildlife. This scenery makes Jasper an international year-round destination with first-class facilities and services.
Take a hike out to the Pyramid Lakes north of town, or drive over the thundering Athabasca River to Maligne Canyon just north of town. You can also golf at the nearby Jasper Park Lodge. For a longer drive, keep driving, up to scenic Maligne Lake, the largest lake in the Rockies.
Drive a half hour south of town, to see the thundering Athabasca Falls. Keep driving south (another half hour) to see the Columbia
Icefield, the continent's largest glacier with a mile-deep icecap.
West of town is the Yellowhead Pass, which was the original planned route for the Canadian trans-continental railroad, before the southerly Kicking Horse Pass was discovered. It is named for Pierre Bostonais, a blonde-haired Iroquois who guided for the Hudson's Bay Company in the 1820s. The Yellowhead Pass has an elevation of only 4,071 feet (1,245 m) and is the most gentle crossing of the Continental Divide.
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Jasper is served by the Grande Yellowhead Regional Division No.35 school district, and the town has Jasper Elementary School (K-6) as well as Jasper Junior / Senior High School (7-12). The Conseil scolaire Centre-Nord (the region's Catholic school board) runs L'ecole Desrochers as a French elementary and high school. The town also has a public library.
The town has extensive shopping along Connaught Avenue and Patrica (right behind). For more serious shopping, locals head to Hinton just outside the park gates.
The town has much recreation, with a movie theatre, and lots of hiking trails for summer and winter fun, and the area is blessed with a number of lakes for aquatic activities (non-motored boats only). Marmot Basin ski area is about 15 km south of town. The town has a leisure centre, equipped with swimming pool & waterslide, plus weights/exercise room, two squash courts, six tennis courts, an indoor ice rink for hockey and skating, a separate curling rink, indoor skateboarding, indoor climbing wall, and meeting rooms. Other sports facilities include baseball diamonds and soccer/rugby fields.
The only people permitted to live in Jasper are ones that Parks Canada has determined have a "need to reside", in other words, those who own local businesses or work in them. Others will need to consider property just outside the park gates, west of Hinton. 2-4 bedroom houses here cost in the $275,000 to $350,000 range.