By Carl Silverman
JASPER, ALBERTA (CANADA) – Alberta’s Jasper Information Center National Historic Site is best viewed in its full glory at a distance across the street. Be sure to view it at the plaza/compass dedicated to sharing National Historic Site information. Knock on the door of classic Canada – the mark of hearty and welcoming cobblestone and timber will let you know you’re in one of Canada’s National Parks.
One of the most influential examples of rustic architecture makes for Jasper’s most handsome landmark. Jasper National Park superintendent, Colonel Maynard Rogers had a dream for the town and Edmonton architect A. M. Calderon designed what we now call the Jasper Information Center, constructed in 1914.
Their vision engaged a unified theme using local materials and the result was this solid woodsy facility that originally housed park administration offices and living quarters for the park superintendent nearly 100 years ago.
The warmth and character of the Jasper Information Center greeted train visitors and set a precedent for many other rustic buildings that followed in this Alberta town. Take a peek inside; today you’ll see Tourism Jasper, Parks Canada trail office and the Friends of Jasper Gift Shop.