How to Get to Jasper National Park, Canadian Rockies
Jasper National Park, Alberta
By Caroline Shin
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
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
Maps of Jasper National Park
|DISTANCE TO JASPER FROM…|
|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|