Jasper National Park is the biggest of the parks of the Canadian Rockies, which together is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Despite its larger size, it is much less visited than its southern neighbour, Banff.
Located 3.5 hrs west of Edmonton, Jasper offers visitors the opportunity to easily explore the wilderness that is still unspoiled by mass tourism. While visitors are numerous and ever-growing, it does not take much to get off the beaten track and escape the trailers and the motor homes. Camping and backcountry hiking are popular summer activities; in the winter, Marmot Basin offers chairlifts and groomed-trails for skiiers and snowboarders who are not really the hardcore off-piste types.
The town of Jasper has a few thousand inhabitants and all the amenities one would expect. There are a few lively and colourful bars to choose from for a pretty decent nightlife. It is also a stop on Via Rail's trans-Canada route.
A place to visit is Miette hotsprings, which is one of the top 10 Jasper National Park experiences, along the way do a wildlife tour, and maybe catch a glance at bears!