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Jasper National Park of Canada

On September 14, 1907, Jasper Forest Park was established, expanding into national park status in 1930. With its 11,000 km² (4200 mi² ) area, Jasper National Park of Canada is larger than the country of Jamaica. On hundreds of individual sites throughout Jasper, there is year-round camping from the individual tent experience to RVs and motorhomes. Summer hiking, biking, horseback riding, backpacking, boating, cycling, fishing, wildlife viewing, photography, winter hiking, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, skating, and backcountry skiing. The park hosts astronomy programs, sleep-outs under the stars, and a dark sky festival. Its range of recreational activities, programs, and landscape features is legendary.

Situated on the eastern slopes of the Rocky Mountains in west central Alberta, the park is home to complex ecosystems where the biodiversity of plants and animals depend upon their tolerances and successful adaptations to the soils and climates of rugged topography. The geology advances in altitude from montane through subalpine to alpine features. There are hot springs, brilliant lakes, waterfalls, glaciers… even seasonal sand dunes at Jasper Lake. Dozens of species of small and large mammals from the pygmy shrew to the grizzly bear live within park boundaries. The Jasper National Park of Canada is also a critical site for research of Woodland Caribou, a species at risk that receives ongoing park monitoring and conservation here.

A spectacular experience, 24/7. Jasper is one of the national and provincial parks of the Canadian Rocky Mountains that, together, were declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1984. In 2011, the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada designated Jasper National Park a Dark Sky Preserve, making it one of the largest such preserves in the world. Some park!


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