Jasper National Park is the largest in a series of national parks in the Canadian Rockies, bordering Banff National Park to the south. Some 2 million people visit this geographically spectacular area every year to enjoy its soaring mountains, countless lakes, glaciers, and deep woodlands. Like Banff, the area is also an outdoor playground, popular for hiking, skiing, and cycling, among other pursuits. There are also excellent running options, using the area’s extensive system of paths and trails and extensive roadways. The JNP Site has excellent maps for downloading: Summer Guide, Hiking Guide, and Cycling Guide.
Our guide to running in Jasper National Park is divided into four sections: best spots in the town of Jasper, the area’s commercial center; the network of paths and trails within a few km of town that are good for running; some gorgeous sections of the 233 km Icefields Parkway — one of the most spectacular drives in the world; and some quieter roads suitable for running. For more, see our guide to the neighboring Banff/Lake Louise area.
Notes: Some roads/trails might be closed/not maintained in winter. It can be very cold — bring appropriate clothing! And be aware of bear and elk, in season. We recommend bringing bear spray and not running alone on more remote trails.