Jasper National Park is located in the south Canada , the park is 290 km from Calgary and 320 km from Edmonton: the best way to get to the park from these cities is by renting a car. The park occupies an area of 10,878 square kilometers and offers a lot of interesting objects: people come here for picturesque landscapes, grizzly encounters, trout fishing, skiing and so on. The tourist infrastructure of the park is well-developed: there are campsites and hotels, you can use the services of guides.
Features of the park
The territory of Jasper Park, founded in the early 20th century, is divided into 5 separate zones:
- The first will delight relict forests: the spruce trees here are up to 700 years old
- The second is represented by the Surprise Valley: it has a cave with cave paintings (access to this area by car is prohibited, you can only get there on foot)
- The third is a series of landscapes with complexes preserved in their natural state.
- The fourth is full of recreational activities, tourist programs and excursions.
- The fifth area offers recreational and rehabilitation services.
Flora and fauna of the reserve
The plants of the park are amazing: giant pines and spruces reaching 200 meters in height, larch, spruce, meadow flowers and grasses. Herbivores are not afraid of people and come very close: deer, goats, chipmunks and others can be seen along tourist roads. Predators do not come closer than 300 meters and have a separate way of life. Predatory animals are represented by wolves, lynxes, grizzly bears - they are a favorite target of photographers. Muskrats and beavers live in bodies of water.
The park is good in both winter and summer, but most tourists come in summer. The most visited are the Athabasca Glacier and the waterfall of the same name, Malin Canyon and the lakes. For hikers organized routes of varying length and complexity - the total length of trails is 1200 kilometers.
Some people turn to guides, others prefer to explore the reserve on their own: climb mountains, create photo masterpieces, enjoy the scenery, fish, kayak and so on. The park has ski slopes, golf courses.
The huge Athabasca Glacier, located in the reserve, was formed 10,000 years ago: today it is 6 kilometers long, but it is rapidly losing its size due to climate change.
Guided tours of the glacier are only possible on foot, in special caterpillar vehicles and in cars with wide tires. Above the glacier there are springs of rivers that feed three oceans.
This is a modern tourist attraction, represented by a viewing platform with a glass floor: from a height of 280 meters you can see the views of the surrounding park with the bubbling river, forests, snowy mountains. It's scary, but also beautiful!
- All rivers of the park are protected by UNESCO
- Tourists can go dog sledding
- There are more than 200 species of birds.
- A huge number of famous photos with wild animals were taken in Jasper Park.
- Every year, more than 2.1 million tourists visit the reserve.
The object belongs to the nature reserves.