Getting Around Jasper National Park
The best way to get around Jasper National Park is by car. A car is practically essential for exploring the more than 2.7 million acres that make up Jasper. Otherwise, travelers can take advantage of the three taxi companies that service the area or opt for a guided tour. All three options are also helpful in getting to Jasper National Park itself, which is about 240 miles west of Edmonton International Airport (YEG) and about 270 miles north of Calgary International Airport (YYC). Shuttles between the two closest airports and Jasper are also available.
For a more scenic journey, travelers can pay a premium of about CA$300 (about $230) round trip to take Via Rail to Jasper via Edmonton or Vancouver. The train provides luxury accommodations and stunning views, but those who choose to ride the rails should also be prepared to find a way to get around after they arrive in Jasper.
Visitors can rent cars in downtown Jasper, or from Edmonton International Airport or Calgary International Airport. Speed limits in the park are restricted to 90 kph (about 55 mph) on major roads and 60 kph (about 37 mph) on secondary roads. Snow tires or chains are legally required for travel on all roads, except Highway 1 and Highway 16, between November and mid-March. While driving, keep an eye out for cyclists and wildlife, which share the park's roads as well. Keep in mind that Icefields Parkway (Highway 93) and Yellowhead Highway (Highway 16) are the two major thoroughfares that divide the park. You do not need an international driving permit in Canada.
Three taxi companies operate in and around downtown Jasper. Keep in mind that taxi fees add up quickly though, and waits can be long if you're calling from a remote area in the park.
SunDog Tours offers a shuttle between Jasper, Hinton, Edson and Edmonton as well as a shuttle between Jasper, Banff and Calgary. Fares vary greatly based on pickup and drop-off points, but the shuttle is generally a cheaper option than renting a car. SunDog Tours also provides an assortment of hiking and photography tours for travelers, which are all about CA$70 (about $53) for adults. Meanwhile, the Brewster Express provides transportation between Banff and Jasper national parks during the summer.
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