Dark Sky Festival Skytram

What bet­ter place to check out the dark sky one kilo­me­tre above #myJasper than #jasper­sky­tram. The clouds were below the ter­mi­nal for a brief time, and the wind start­ed to come in, just in time for Peter McMahon’s pre­sen­ta­tion of the dark pre­serve.

Still quite bright under the clouds
Still quite bright under the clouds
The Skytram Terminal
The Sky­tram Ter­mi­nal

Since the cloud cov­er­age was still thick, some of the vis­i­tors got to play with some light paint­ing on Whistlers moun­tain. By the way, the #sky­tram is still open till end of this mon­th.

laser fun
laser fun
lit up aliens?
lit up aliens?
I heart you
I heart you

Here are some of the fun folks play­ing around. If you see your pho­to here, just email me and I can send you a big­ger file for you.

For Darcy
For Dar­cy
low cloud over Jasper
low cloud over Jasper
boardwalk lit up-explorejasper
board­walk lit up
Arrow and Heart - Explorejasper
Arrow and Heart
Laser fun - explorejasper
Laser fun



Dark sky festival

Did any­one in Jasper brave the snowy con­di­tions for the kick off of the Dark Sky Fes­ti­val? If you have not already, I high­ly rec­om­mend the Jasper Plan­e­tar­i­um at the @jaspermpl @marmotlodge At least you will stay dry and warm. Tele­scopes were still on hand at cer­tain loca­tions, but the cloud cov­er­age was still too much to catch the stars. #myjasper #darkskiesfestival2016

Dark Skies Festival
Dark Skies Fes­ti­val
Dark Skies Festival - ExploreJasper
Cozy in the plan­e­tar­i­um — Explore­Jasper

@jasperskytram in the show

Dark Skies Festival - ExploreJasper
Dark Skies Fes­ti­val — Explore­Jasper


Parks News October 2016

Temporary Closure of Lake Annette Beach
September 26-October 1, 2016

Jasper Nation­al Park

Jasper, Alber­ta, Sep­tem­ber 23, 2016 – Begin­ning on Sep­tem­ber 26, the Lake Annet­te beach will be closed to the pub­lic for main­te­nance work on the beach retain­ing wall. The retain­ing wall sep­a­rates Lake Annette’s beach from Ochre Lake.

  •  Lake Annette’s first park­ing lot is closed to stage con­struc­tion equip­ment. The small­est
    park­ing lot locat­ed near the beach is also closed at this time.
  •  This work is expect­ed to be com­plet­ed by Octo­ber 1, 2016.

Please respect the clo­sure area and fol­low on-site sig­nage.
For up-to-date news on infra­struc­ture work in Jasper Nation­al Park, please vis­it the infra­struc­ture web page at pc.gc.ca/jasperinfrastructure.

For infor­ma­tion on trail con­di­tions and trail-related clo­sures, please vis­it

Joseph Zebrowski
Pub­lic Rela­tions and Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Offi­cer
Jasper Nation­al Park
Parks Canada

Parks News September 2016


Bridge rehabilitation on Highway 16
Fiddle River Bridge

Sep­tem­ber 21, to approx­i­mate­ly Octo­ber 15th

Lane reduc­tion.

Early Closures
Valley of the Five Lakes and Mount Edith Cavell

Day Use Areas
Jasper Nation­al Park
Jasper, Alber­ta, August 30, 2016 – Parks Canada will be under­tak­ing work this fall at the Mount Edith Cavell and the Val­ley of
the Five Lakes day use area. Both of the­se areas will be closed to allow Parks Canada to con­duct the fol­low­ing deferred main­te­nance
and cap­i­tal improve­ments work out­side of the peak vis­i­ta­tion peri­od:

Valley of the Five Lakes Parking Lot and Trail Head – Closing September 6th

The small park­ing lot locat­ed at the High­way 93 trail­head will be expand­ed to address safe­ty con­cerns for pedes­tri­ans and dri­vers. A
small day-use pic­nic area will also be added to enhance the pic­nic oppor­tu­ni­ty at this loca­tion.
Park vis­i­tors look­ing for a day-long hike can still access Val­ley of the Five Lakes from Old Fort Point trail­head (Trail 9c – 6.3km to
First Lake) or Wabas­so Lake trail head (Trail 9 – 10km to Fifth Lake).
Alter­na­tive Offers – Lake Hikes:

  • Lac Beau­vert (Trail 4a);
  • Pyra­mid Bench: Mina-Riley loop (trail 8) ; the Cot­ton­wood Creek Loop (Trails 2, 2a, 11), the Sawridge Trail and the
    Mar­jorie Lake Trail (Trail 3);
  • Dorothy Lake and Christine Lake (Trail 60);
  • Maligne Lake: Mona/Lorraine Trail (Trail 100) and Moose Lake Loop (Trail 20);
  • Beaver Lake (Trail 139);
Mount Edith Cavell Day Use Area – Closing September 19th

For vis­i­tor safe­ty pur­pos­es, the access road to the park­ing lot and Edith Cavell will be relo­cat­ed from the high-risk flood zone and
addi­tion­al park­ing spaces will be cre­at­ed to meet present and future needs. Fur­ther enhance­ments will be made to the Path of the
Glac­i­er Trail and the Cavell tarn view­point.

Road access to the HI-Mount Edith Cavell Hostel and the Tonquin Valley trailhead will continue until October 15th.

Alter­na­tive Offers – Glac­i­er Views:

  •  Toe of the Athabas­ca Glac­i­er (Trail 53) at the Columbia Ice­field Cen­tre;
  •  Park­er Ridge (Trail 51) – dra­mat­ic views of the Saskatchewan Glac­i­er;
  •  Wilcox Pass (Trail 50) — vis­it the red chairs and enjoy the view of the Athabas­ca Glac­i­er;
  •  Stut­tfield Glac­i­er view­point – Ice­fields Park­way pull-off (94 km south of Jasper).\

Please respect the clo­sure areas and fol­low on-site sig­nage.
Drop by the Vis­i­tor Infor­ma­tion Cen­tre or vis­it parkscanada.gc.ca/jasper for trip-planning infor­ma­tion, includ­ing a copy of the Day Hik­ing Guide, and explore alter­na­tive areas of the Park.

For more infor­ma­tion or inquiries about the upcom­ing con­struc­tion, please con­tact jnp.infohub@pc.gc.ca.

Media Inquiries:
Joseph Zebrowski
Pub­lic Rela­tions and Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Offi­cer
Jasper Nation­al Park
Parks Canada

Jasper Fire Guard
September 22, 2016

Parks Canada fire crews will be work­ing on the Pyra­mid Bench on Thurs­day and/or Fri­day, Sep­tem­ber 22nd and 23rd.

Con­trol lines will be burned as an inte­gral part of prepar­ing the Jasper Fire Guard for main­te­nance burn­ing. The Jasper Fire Guard was estab­lished and is main­tained to help reduce the risk of wild­fire
to the com­mu­ni­ty of Jasper. There is poten­tial for a small amount of smoke along the Pyra­mid Road. There is no need to call 911
or oth­er emer­gen­cy ser­vices to report smoke. The road and trails in that area will remain open.

Work on the Jasper Fire Guard will con­tin­ue into the fall and is sep­a­rate from the planned pre­scribed fire on the Pyra­mid Bench. Oper­a­tions on the pre­scribed fire will begin when forest and weath­er con­di­tions are suit­able and take place when the objec­tives of the pre­scribed fire can be met safe­ly.

Emi­ly Rendell-Watson, Fire Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Offi­cer
Tel: 780–883-0221 Email: jnpfireinfo@pc.gc.ca


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