Jasper National Park Information
The residence of Jasper’s first superintendent, a beautiful old stone building dating to 1913, is now used by Parks Canada as the Park Information Centre (Connaught Dr., 780/852-6176, www.pc.gc.ca, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily in summer, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily the rest of the year), right downtown. The staff provides general information on the park and can direct you to hikes in the immediate vicinity. Also within the building is the Parks Canada Trail Office (780/852-6177), which handles questions for those going into the backcountry and issues the relevant passes. Tourism Jasper (780/852-6236, www.jasper.travel) also has a desk in the building, and the friendly staff never seem to tire of explaining that all the rooms in town are full. As well as providing general information on the town, they have a large collection of brochures on activities, shopping, and restaurants. Also in the building is the Friends of Jasper National Park outlet, selling maps, books, bear spray, and souvenirs. Look for notices posted out front with the day’s interpretive programs.
Jasper’s weekly newspaper, The Fitzhugh, is available throughout town and is free.
The official Town of Jasper website (www.jasper-alberta.com), with lists of current events, weather conditions, and loads of helpful links, is also worth checking out.
Jasper National Park Radio is on the AM band at 1490. For weather conditions in the park, call 780/852-6176.
Books and Bookstores
Housed in Jasper’s a historic Royal Canadian Mounted Police detachment building and a 2013 extension, Jasper Municipal Library (500 Robson St., 780/852-3652, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Mon. to Thurs., 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fri. to Sat.) holds just about everything ever written about the park.
Head to the Friends of Jasper National Park store (780/852-4767) in the park information center or the museum for a good selection of books on the park’s natural and human history.
The post office (502 Patricia St., 780/852-3041, 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Mon. to Fri.) is behind the park information center. Mail to be picked up here should be addressed General Delivery, Jasper, AB T0E 1E0. More Than Mail (632 Connaught Dr., 780/852-3151, 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily) offers a wide range of communication services, including regular post, public Internet access, fax and copying facilities, a work area for laptops, international calling, and office supplies.
The two laundries on Patricia Street are open 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily and offer showers that cost $2 for 10 minutes (quarters).
The hospital (780/852-3344) is at 518 Robson Street. For the RCMP, call 780/852-4848.
All hotels and motels have wireless Internet (not all lodges and bungalow camps are connected, so check before arriving), or send and receive email and surf the Internet at the following downtown Jasper locations: Jasper Municipal Library (500 Robson St., 780/852-3652, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Mon. to Thurs., 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fri. to Sat.); More Than Mail (632 Connaught Dr., 780/852-3151, 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily); and Soft Rock Cafe (632 Connaught Dr., 780/852-5850, 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily).