Embrace Preparedness for a Wonderful Summer at Jasper National Park
After an unpredictable June in Alberta marked by extreme temperature variations, substantial precipitation, and even snowfall, Jasper National Park advises its summer visitors to gear up accordingly. The park plays host to more than 1.5 million eager adventurers from June through September. Parks Canada reminds everyone to anticipate crowds, be patient, and exhibit respect towards other visitors and the wildlife inhabiting the park.
Taking Safety Measures Post-Storm
Jasper National Park experienced a substantial storm on June 19, which led to considerable fallout in the form of fallen trees and debris. While clean-up operations are in progress, visitors must heed any closures or warnings. Being alert and attentive to current trail conditions before embarking on your journey is imperative. Dress appropriately, choose a trip suitable to your abilities, and make sure you’re equipped to handle obstacles like navigating around fallen trees.
Convenient Navigation and Accommodation
To help visitors deal with the potential congestion, the park has launched a web page, JasperNow, which provides real-time updates on parking availability at popular spots, as well as vacancy statuses for campgrounds, including self-registration ones. The parking and camping updates are color-coded as follows:
• Green: Available
• Yellow: Nearly full
• Red: Full
In case parking is full, there are suggestions for alternative nearby areas or different modes of transportation. Optimal times to secure a parking spot are before 10 a.m. or after 5 p.m., coinciding with less crowd and the captivating mountain sunset.
Ensuring a Comfortable Stay
Before arriving at Jasper, ensure you have a hotel or camping reservation. Remember, illegal camping in non-designated sites or within the town of Jasper can lead to penalties. During peak seasons and long weekends, the park is often at full capacity. If you can’t find availability in Jasper, consider staying in neighboring communities such as Hinton, Folding Mountain, or Valemount.
Experience Jasper on Two Wheels
To reduce parking congestion, consider bringing your own bike or renting one in Jasper. There’s a network of family-friendly connector trails leading to popular destinations like Lake Edith, Lake Annette, and Pyramid Beach, which are within biking distance from Whistlers/Wapiti Campgrounds and the town.
Navigating Through Jasper’s Trails
The park provides updated on-site wayfinding to help navigate the trail network. If you’re biking from Whistlers or Wapiti Campground, you can use the Campgrounds Trail (Trail #12) to get to town. To reach Lake Edith and Lake Annette, branch off to the Lakes Loop (Trail 14 to Trail 18).
Ensure to pack essentials like snacks and water. Also, check the trail report and familiarize yourself with the visitor safety guidelines to make the most of the picturesque scenery.
Accommodating RVs and Trailers
The park provides several spaces designed to accommodate RVs and trailers, including Maligne Canyon, Valley of the Five Lakes, and Athabasca Falls. However, not all areas permit RV/trailer access. The areas without access include Lake Annette/Lake Edith, Lac Beauvert Road, Pyramid Beach Road, and Wilcox Pass Trailhead. JasperNow provides the status for all your planned destinations before you head out.
Co-existing with Wildlife
When you visit Jasper, remember you are in the home of many wild animals. Always give them space, never feed them, and carry bear spray. Dogs must always be on a leash. Adhere to speed limits, drive carefully, and report any unusual wildlife activity to Parks Canada Dispatch.
Drone Usage and Viewing Points
Lastly, it’s essential to remember that flying a drone in a national park is illegal and can result in hefty fines. Instead, consider hiking to get the best views. For a quick and steep ascent with breathtaking views, try Old Fort Point.
If you have more questions or need assistance, you can visit the Jasper National Park Visitor Information Centre or the Parks Canada information desk at the Icefield Centre.
In conclusion, visiting Jasper National Park can be an exhilarating experience if you plan appropriately and respect the guidelines set by Parks Canada. This way, you’ll be able to enjoy the stunning beauty and charm that Jasper has to offer.