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Jasper

Jasper is the largest National Park in the Canadian Rockies, and features many towering mountains, beautiful waterfalls, hot springs, picturesque lakes, and mighty glaciers originating from the vast Columbia Ice Field.

The town of Jasper was founded in 1813 by fur traders on the confluence of the Miette and Athabasca Rivers. Its stunning natural environs led to the wider area to be established as a National Park in 1907 and a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1984. As well as the incredble scenery, the park boasts large populations of elk, caribou, moose, deer, coyotes, beavers and bears, as well many species of birds.

One of Jasper's most spectacular highlights is the huge 6km-long Athabasca Glacier, a major outflow from the Columbia Icefield located just off the Icefields Parkway (the main road between Jasper and Banff). Another fantastic attraction is the supremely picturesque Lake Louise, which is a perfect stop for some short scenic walks and boat trips. Nearby are the famous Athabasca Falls - despite only being 23m tall, the waterfalls are spectacular due to their sheer force and the volume of water crashing down.

Jasper is a centre for many excellent outdoor activities such as trekking, mountain biking and horse riding through the amazing valley landscapes. Another wonderful trip is to take the Skytram up the nearby Whistler's Mountain for breathtaking views of the area, finishing off with a dip in the outdoor Miette volcanic hot springs!