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Located in a historic building, the Jasper Yellowhead Museum & Archives houses nearly 200 years of human heritage. Find artifacts from Jasper's fur trade days, bits and pieces of the Pocahontas coalmine and an interpretive exhibit that focuses on the history and heritage of the area's native people. If your children are easily bored by museum displays, there is a kid's activity room to keep them occupied while you peruse the exhibits and gift shop. Museum is open daily from 10a-5p during the summers, and open on Thursday to Sundays from 10a-5p during winters. Call for additional information.
Bringing home handmade, original, and unique souvenirs is one of the pleasures of traveling. Our Native Land specializes in arts and crafts that transcend the standard and allow visitors to take home a piece of the area's heritage. Find soapstone and woodcarvings, special jewellery, beaded moccasins, dramatic masks, small totems, Inukshuks and one-of-a-kind books. Jade carvings by famous Canadian artist Lyle Sopel can also be found here. Prices range from the tens to thousands of dollars.
Connaught Drive is the perfect way to spend an evening after an action packed day. This street is full of stores, such as Lucia's Gems & Gifts, Bearberry Photo & Canadiana and Edge Control Outdoors. So whether you are looking for local artwork or you want to have your skis repaired, you'll be sure to find your perfect shop on Connaught Drive.
A trip to the historic information center is a must for first time travelers to Jasper. Apart from information on almost everything in the park, it is dedicated to sharing the history of Jasper. From recommended accommodations to avalanche conditions to suggestions for the best areas to view wildlife, the center has all the information needed for a traveler. The helpful Parks Canada staff can give you advice on how to have a safe and memorable holiday. There are brochures from most local tour operators and businesses, as well as maps of the area and directions to local attractions and landmarks.
Opened in 2005, Jasper Brewing Company has earned quite a reputation for some of the best beer in the city. The delightful brew pub on Connaught Drive has a firm focus on the quality of beers they brew, so everything from the malts, the yeast and even the water used is expertly scrutinized to derive the fresh and great-tasting beer that they're famous for. Intrigued about how their beer is actually made? Take a tour of their traditional brewery and find out for yourself. There's an excellent food menu to go with your beers, comprising burgers, pasta, salads, entrees and much more. There's even a small kids menu for the little ones. The cozy restaurant interiors, with intimate lighting are warm and inviting. An excellent place to enjoy fine beers and a casual meal.
Join experienced mountain guides for interpretive hikes through Jasper National Park. The Walks & Talks Jasper tour operator offers a variety of year-round hikes where visitors watch for wildlife while surrounded by stunning alpine scenery. The hikes are suitable for outdoor enthusiasts of all ages, and the only equipment necessary are sturdy shoes and a loaded camera. Call for departure times and reservations.
While you're busy admiring the spectacular scenery, stop off at this art gallery in the luxurious Jasper Park Lodge to see how artists have captured Jasper's surroundings. The gallery features several Canadian artists, including Wendy Wacko, Destanne Norris-Brown, Mel Heath, Jerry Heine and Lynn Malin. You'll see the lakes, valleys, wildlife and mountains of the Jasper region captured in varying styles. Do check the website for timings, as they vary seasonally.
Journey up the side of Whistlers Mountain for unsurpassed alpine views. Constructed in 1964, The Jasper SkyTram is Canada's longest areal tramway. Also one of the tallest such systems, it gives visitors a chance to look out over Jasper National Park, Jasper itself, Mount Robson, and endless mountain vistas. At the top, have a meal at the Treeline Restaurant, shop at the Tramway Store or enjoy a guided interpretive tour. Such a tour is definitely worth taking whether with the family or with a special someone.
Nestled in the lap of the Canadian Rockies, Jasper National Park's moraine landscape is wild as it is soulful. The park's exquisite panorama unfolds like a painted postcard, upheld by its legion of snow-sprinkled peaks that escape billowing mist at the break of dawn, crystal clear waters that flow from the Athabasca and Smoky river basins in the east, and a battalion of Aspen trees that line the foothills of the gargantuan mountains. Blessed with an undulating terrain, the park allows for a diverse yet delicate ecosystem to live and breathe within its pockets of alpine wilderness, from grizzlies and moose, to heavy-set elk and nimble lynxes. Jasper's sublime landscape is home to the Athabasca Glacier, one of the principal outlets of the Columbia Icefield, while its valley floors are flooded with glacier lakes like the Maligne, Pyramid and Medicine. The national park connects to Lake Louise, Alberta by virtue of the Icefields Parkway, a 230 kilometer (140 mile) long highway that runs parallel to the continental divide.
Maligne Canyon is one of Jasper's most impressive landmarks.The rapid Maligne River has eroded the area over thousands of years, leaving the canyon one meter (three feet) deep in some areas but over 60 meters (200 feet) deep in others. As the canyon advances towards the Athabasca River, there is an interpretative trail that visitors can follow without a guide that shows off some of the more spectacular views of the canyon. The rocks near the edge of the canyon can get slippery, so proceed with caution.