Fellow Canadian Rocky Mountain town Banff may steal all the hype, but Jasper – with a population of less than 4,500 – has heart. Located in the Jasper National Park, surrounded by towering, snow-capped, glacial peaks, sapphire-blue lakes, rivers and waterfalls, and pristine alpine meadows, Jasper is an adrenaline – and Instagram – junkie’s dream. Especially come winter, when the snow bros come to town for one of the longest ski seasons in the Rockies, with slopes generally open until early May.
In July and August, when temperatures rise to 30C, it’s all about hiking, climbing, kayaking and white water rafting. But with plenty of eateries to choose from – one for every 120 people, and few big chains – Jasper has become something of a food mecca too. And while there may be a direct rail connection to Vancouver – the Rocky Mountaineer train stops here – Jasper retains a sense of peaceful isolation. Therein lies its irresistible appeal.
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