How to Get to Jasper National Park

JASPER, Alberta – Driving through Jasper National Park is not a problem – all of the major roads are paved and all of the major highways have shoulders.

Despite its remote location – 370 km (192 mi) west of Edmonton, 404 km (256 mi) northwest of Calgary and 805 km (500 mi) northeast of Vancouver – Jasper is easily reached via the Yellowhead Highway (Trans-Canada Highway No. 16), which runs through the park. The Icefields Parkway connects Jasper with the Trans-Canada Highway No. 1 near Lake Louise and Banff.

Some roads can be difficult for large recreational vehicles because of their tight hairpin turns; others feature gradients that can be as steep as 11 percent. The maximum speed limit within the park is 90 kph, with many areas limited to slower speeds to protect wildlife. And you might encounter inclement weather, so be sure to leave yourself plenty of time to reach your destination.

Edmonton, Vanouver and Calgary all have major international airports for travelers coming from abroad. Edmonton and Vancouver also feature regular rail and bus service to Jasper. All three have many car rental agencies.

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