March 23rd, 2011
J is the letter we are honouring this week
J is for Jasper, Alberta
A real Mountain style Canadian town, Jasper's roots go back to 1811 when David Thompson got his men to build a base here while searching for a tracking route through the Rockies.
Today it is a 'relaxed mix of rustic lodges, cappuccino bars, eateries, a cinema, contemporary and historic Canadian art galleries and museums, excellent indoor sports and swimming and a friendly town with a permanent populations of 4.500 residents.
Jasper is now the commercial centre of Jasper National Park, located in the Athabaska River valley
It is a special municipality with governance shared between the Municipality and the Federal Parks Canada Agency, but in the beginning it was first a North West Company, and later Hudson's Bay Company fur trade outpost on the York Factory Express trade route to what was then called New Caledonia, but is now British Columbia.
Jasper is a railway town, - the siding at the location was established by Grand Trunk Pacific and originally named Fitzhugh after a Grand Trunk vice president. The local paper is still called The Fitzhugh.
The Athabaska Valley and the surrounding Rocky Mountains enhance the beauty of the area.
The Maligne Park underground river, close to Jasper
and beautiful Spirit Island
The animals that live in Jasper National Park are a common sight around the town.
An awe inspiring Parkway runs between Jasper and Lake Louise, to the south with beautiful glaciers and ice fields
and in the winter Jasper Ski Resort gives tourists a great feeling of final frontier skiing. There are no on-mountain accommodations because of the beautiful and highly conserved wildlife habitat, so tourists and skiers must stay in Jasper and ski at the Marmot Basin. Jasper is recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is one of the most pristine and protected environments in the world.
A most magnificent place to visit!
For more great J's visit here at ABC Wednesday with thanks to Mrs. Nesbitt and her wonderful helpers.