Jasper Townsite – A Quick History


Jasper — the park — was named after a former fur trading post in the area called Jasper House, which in turn was named after Jasper Hawse, who managed this post in the early 1800s. The town had been known by settlers in the early 1900s as “Fitzhugh”, but became “Jasper” when the park was established.

Jasper Townsite Readable Map (pdf – 37 KB)

1. Jasper Information Centre (500 Connaught Drive; 403-852-6176)

Completed in 1914, this structure originally housed the park’s first superintendent, administration offices, and a museum. It was declared a National Historic Site to honour its significant role in defining the character of early architecture in Jasper.

  • Park information, maps, brochures, passes, permits, backcountry reservations, backcountry trail office
  • Jasper Tourism & Commerce information services (MID JUN – MID OCT)
  • Friends of Jasper National Park gift shop (year-round)
  • Similar Parks Canada Information services are offered at the Icefield Centre (see pages 20/21)

SPRING (MAY 16 – JUN 13): 8 am – 5 p.m.
SUMMER (JUN 14 – SEP 01): 8 am – 7 p.m.
WINTER (SEP 02 – MAY 15): 9 am – 5 p.m.


For a more complete list, ask for the Day Hikers’ Guide To Jasper National Park brochure.

2. Old Fort Point Loop

This moderately steep 3.4 km trail is ideal for hikers interested in superb views and both the human and natural history of the park. To learn even more, borrow a free self-guiding activity kit from the Friends of Jasper sales outlet in the Information Centre.

3. Patricia Lake Circle

The 4.8 km trail loops by the Cottonwood slough and creek, offering excellent chances for wildlife watching.

4. Lake Annette Loop

Designed for visitors with disabilities, this 2.4 km paved interpretive trail is enjoyed by everyone. Benches allow you to stay awhile and enjoy peaceful mountain and lake views.

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