Visitors come from far and wide to experience Jasper National Park’s 11,000 square kilometres of glaciers, lakes and Rocky Mountain peaks, along with iconic sites like Spirit Island, Mount Edith Cavell, Athabasca Falls and Maligne Canyon.
We can’t wait to welcome you to experience it all. Here’s what you need to know to start your journey to Jasper.
Your other option is to land at Calgary International Airport. Calgary is the biggest city in the province with 1.3 million residents and plenty to explore. The journey to Jasper is longer from Calgary — just under five hours — but you may have come through this city to visit Banff first, a stop you can make on your journey.
From Edmonton: Head west from the city on Alberta Highway 16, which leads directly into the mountains to Jasper. (Total time: 3 hours 50 minutes)
From Calgary: Head west out of town on the Trans-Canada Highway (Highway 1) towards to mountains. Keep driving past Banff and right after Lake Louise, you’ll continue forward on Alberta Highway 93 (rather than veering left to continue on AB-1. Follow to Jasper! (Total time: 4 hours 45 minutes)
From Banff: Stopped in Banff first? You can continue down past Lake Louise to Alberta Highway 93, also known as the Icefields Parkway. It’s a beautiful drive, but make sure to check for road closures if you’re travelling in the winter. (Total time: 3 hours 30 minutes)
From Calgary: If you’re not looking to rent a car and drive, take the Brewster Express in the summer from the Calgary Airport or downtown. In the winter, this bus doesn’t take you all the way to Jasper, so you’ll have to connect through Edmonton. This includes services like Red Arrow, Rider Express, Cold Shot and The Canada Bus.
From Banff: Hop on the Mountain Connector from Sundog Transportation to travel to Jasper from Banff and relax during this scenic bus ride.
If you’re driving, you’ll need to purchase a park pass to enter Jasper National Park. The park passes and fees help maintain and service the park. You can purchase your pass at the entry gates to the park or in advance online.