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How to Get to Jasper National Park, Canadian Rockies

Jasper National Park, Alberta

By Caroline Shin
Staff Writer

Jasper National Park, the largest national park of the Canadian Rockies is located 370 km (192 mi) west of Edmonton, 404 km (256 mi) northwest of Calgary, and 805 km (500 mi) northeast of Vancouver.

How to Get to Jasper National Park by Vehicle

Get to Jasper--where the sky is bluer and the grass is greener.
Get to Jasper–where the grass is greener.

The Trans-Canada Highway #16 (also called the Yellowhead Highway) runs through Jasper National Park and is the main route to and from Jasper. The Icefields Parkway connects Jasper with the Trans-Canada Highway #1 near Lake Louise and Banff.

All major roads in Jasper are paved and all major highways have shoulders. Factor in additional time for roadside breaks, slow traffic, and adverse weather conditions. The maximum speed limit inside Jasper National Park is 90 km/hr, with slower limits for Jasper’s wildlife safety in several areas.

Large recreational vehicles may have some trouble navigating the tight hairpin bends of some roads, especially the Mt. Edith Cavell Road.  The Icefields Parkway has long, steep grades of 8-11% especially near Bow Lake and when accending or decending the Sunwapta Pass in the Columbia Icefield area.

How to Get to Jasper National Park by Plane

Edmonton, Calgary and Vancouver all have international airports that are serviced by major national and international carriers.

How to Get to Jasper National Park by Train

Via Rail has regular train service to Jasper via Edmonton and Vancouver.

How to Get to Jasper National Park by Bus

Greyhound has regular bus service from Vancouver and Edmonton to Jasper.

Brewster Transportation and Tours offers tour buses to and from Jasper via Banff along the Icefields Parkway.

How to Get to Jasper National Park by Rental Car

Several car rental agencies are located in the Jasper and Banff townsites.

Maps of Jasper National Park

Jasper National Park

Jasper Townsite

Jasper to other Canadian Rockies National Parks

City KM/Miles Driving Time
Hinton, AB 77km (47 mi.) 1 hr
Valemount, BC 79km (49 mi.) 1.5 hrs
Grande Cache, AB 160km (96 mi.) 2.75 hrs
Edson, AB 164km (101 mi.) 2 hrs
Lake Louise, AB 232 km (139 mi.) 3 hrs
Banff, AB 287 km (172 mi.) 3 ½ hrs
Edmonton, AB 362 km (220 mi.) 3 ½ hrs
Prince George, BC 375km (233 mi.) 4 hrs
Grand Prairie, AB 397 km (247 mi.) 4 ½ hrs
Calgary, AB 414 km (248 mi.) 4 ½ hrs
Kamloops, BC 443 km (265 mi.) 5 hrs
Fort McMurray, AB 800 km (497 mi.) 8 ½ hrs
Vancouver, BC 863 km (518 mi.) 9 ½ hrs

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