Situated where the Athabasca and Miette rivers meet, the Jasper townsite stands in the very heart of the Jasper National Park in Alberta (AB), and is regularly visited by thousands of tourists throughout the year. Jasper has a noticeable small-town charm and is less developed than nearby Banff, which is much of its appeal. The Jasper National Park is part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site and is home to Alberta's highest mountain, Mount Columbia. Known for its abundant wildlife and plentiful hiking trails, Jasper offers an enormous range of outdoor activities, in an attractive, alpine setting.
Life in the Jasper townsite is centered in the downtown district, which is based around Patricia Street and Connaught Drive, with many top restaurants, shopping areas, hotels, museums and tourist attractions. Popular excursions from Jasper include trips to the nearby Patricia and Pyramid Lakes, Annette and Edith Lakes, and also the Monashee Mountains, all of which offer a range of recreational activities.