Bringing Your Pet Dog to Jasper National Park, Canadian Rockies
Jasper National Park, Alberta
By Caroline Shin
Hiking with your Dog in Jasper
The Jasper Information Centre in the Jasper townsite has the latest policies on trail openings and dog safety as trail conditions change with the weather and season. The park staff will also inform you of bear spottings and trails dog owners should avoid because of potential wildlife conflicts.
Some popular trails for dogs in Jasper National Park include:
● Whistlers Trail: A steep hike up Whistlers Mountain
● Forefield Trail: Leads close to the Athabasca Glacier
● Wynd Road: An unpaved road through mixed deciduous and coniferous forest near the town of Jasper
Some Canine History in Jasper
Dogs have long been a part of the Jasper’s history. Some of the earliest known paintings of Jasper National Park show dogs in one of the first encampments. The artwork, created by Henry James Warre, is dated as far back as May 1846-nearly fifty years prior to the region’s conversion into a national park in 1907.
As environment protection has become a global concern, Parks Canada has changed its policies. Dogs must be kept on a leash at all times in Jasper National Park. Trail access is now more limited. Still, there are plenty of trails that you and your dog can hike together.
Word to the Wise: Make sure that your hotel accommodation allows pets.