Jasper National Park celebrates it’s 105th this month. In honour of the Parks’ birthday we’ve compiled a list of things about Jasper National Park you not have already known.
- The first permanent European settlement in the Jasper area was established in 1813. Jasper wasn’t designated a National Park until 1930, 23 years after the government of Canada established the Jasper Forest park;
Jasper National Park is the 11th largest park in Canada and the largest 2nd largest National Park in the province of Alberta. For the curious Wood Buffalo National Park (AB/NWT) is the largest in the country;
The Park is the world’s largest Dark Sky Preserve;
The largest group to assemble within the park at one time was an assembly of First Nations celebrating the raising of the ‘Two Brothers’ totem in 2011 ;
Marilyn Monroe and Robert Mitchum starred in ‘River of No Return’ which was partially filmed within the park in 1953;
Parks Canada has strict guidelines regarding residency in Jasper townsite (Banff as well). Bottom line – Get a job within the Park if you want to live in this little slice of heaven;
The first road connecting Jasper to Edmonton was completed in 1928;
The 230km stretch of highway connecting Jasper to Lake Louise was completed in 1939;
Over 10 million people have stood on the Athabasca Glacier;
In 2010 over 7,600kg/16,755 pounds of invasive, non native vegatation was removed from the Park;
Just under 2 million people visit the Park each year.
We know… eleven!