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Explore Amazing Alberta Camping Opportunities at Jasper National Park!
Established in 1907, Jasper National Park is the largest park in Canada. Covering more than 4,200 square miles, it is located in the province of Alberta. Residing in the Canadian Rockies, the park is very diverse with glaciers, hot springs, waterfalls, lakes and majestic mountains just some of the amazing attractions ripe for exploration. A wide range of animals call the park home, including elk, deer, moose, grizzly bears, beavers, bighorn sheep, mountain lions, wolverine, and much more. With more than 620 miles of hiking trails, miles of mountain biking trails, plenty of opportunities for mountain climbing, fishing, boating and wildlife viewing, and a plethora of winter activities ranging from cross-country skiing, ice climbing, snowshoeing, waterfall ice climbing, and more, this is a diverse, beautiful and majestic Alberta camping destination!
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Daily fees are required whenever you stop in the park, even if it’s just for a quick stop. An adult day pass costs CA$9.80, $8.30 for seniors, $4.90 for children and $19.60 for families (up to seven people in one vehicle). An annual pass costs $67.70 for adults, $57.90 for seniors, $33.30 for children and $136.40 for a family. The weather of Jasper National Park varies based on location, elevation and of course season. Spring arrives in the valleys by mid April, reaching the higher elevations by mid June. July is the warmest month with an average day temperature of 75 degrees. September and October fill the park with beautiful fall colors, clear skies and cool temperatures. January is the coldest month with an average day temperature of a maximum of 15 degrees Fahrenheit. The long winter season varies between snow storms and wind. The diversity of the land contributes to a diversity in weather, and a clear day in the valleys does not necessarily denote a clear day higher up. Open year round, Jasper National Park offers many Alberta camping opportunities any time of the year, although July and August are the peak months.
Once you reach Jasper National Park the opportunities for adventure are virtually endless. The best way to explore and enjoy the park is by getting out into it. There are more than 620 miles of hiking trails, offering a wide variety of things to see. Many of the trails you can hike on are expanded wildlife trails forged over thousands of years by elk, bison, moose, mountain goats, caribou and bighorn sheep, so expect to see plenty of wildlife while out hiking. Many of the trails are also shared with mountain bikers and horseback riders. Hiking paths take you up majestic mountains, through rich valleys, along rivers and streams, through forests and over rocks. Many other summer activities include, but are not limited to, rock climbing, fishing, camping, boating, and picnicking. Winter activities include cross-country skiing, downhill skiing, winter walks, ski touring and ice climbing, including waterfall ice climbing. There is plenty to see from the comfort of your own car, but be aware that driving is statistically the most dangerous activity you can do while in the park. Observe posted speed limits, be prepared for rapid changes in driving conditions, watch out for distracted drivers and the wildlife that may distracting them. Never approach wildlife and always maintain a minimum distance of 3 bus lengths between you and wild animals, 10 bus lengths for predators. Even elk can pose a threat, and are known to charge. With so many opportunities for adventure, Jasper National Park is an amazing Alberta camping destination that you will never forget!
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