Jasper National Park is a major Canadian park in the Rockies with lots on offer for the tourist - intrepid or otherwise ... skiing, hiking, canoeing, climbing, just viewing ... Jasper's economy is in good shape thanks to its tourism industry.
|Jasper's Maligne Lake - Spirit Island|
Its early history came about through the desire to trade and to explore ... so fur was the call to these magnificent wilds, the exploration of Canada with its subsequent development ...
... meant timber became a major source of industry ... the railways then really opened the door to more trade and easier transportation ...
|The information centre for the Park:|
note the roof pitch ... it ties in with the
surrounding mountaineous area
Tourism is very important now, the oil industry is further south in Alberta ... man and his quest for sport in all its guises draws visitors to Jasper.
|Fryatt Valley from the top of the head wall|
The National Park takes centre stage, while the Yellowhead Museum celebrates the history of the area ... when the Pass was used in the 1820s to 1850s by the Hudson's Bay Company, principally to transport leather, especially moose-hides, once the route had been deemed a feasible option to go across the Rockies to the then New Caledonia, now northern British Columbia.
|View of Jasper from the|
summit of The Whistlers
My mother and I went to Jasper about 20 years ago ... it was July and it was snowing ... I drove from Banff ... up and then back! No stopping ... but we did see the Columbia Ice Field and glacier, as well as some bears on our return. I need to go back when it's not snowing!
That is J for Jasper National Park and surrounding area ... from Aspects by a British 'girl' in Canada ...
Link to the History of the Jasper-Alberta-Yellowhead Pass
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