The town of Jasper is nestled in the Rocky Mountains at an elevation of 1100 meters (about 3300 feet) and latitude of 53 degrees north. Jasper National Park is situated in the Canadian Rockies.
The summers here are cool, with average maximum temperatures in July hovering around 24°C (75°F) during the day and dropping to a chilly 7°C (45°F) at night. Because of its northern latitude, there are long daylight hours in the summer, and short daylight hours in the winter.
The average daily temperature is below freezing from November to March, and during these five months, nearly four feet (120 cm) of snow falls on the Jasper town site. It is not even unusual for snow to fall as late as May or as early as September although, in general, the town itself does not begin to accumulate snow until late November or early December.
Despite the chilly climate, nearly two million visitors still flock to Jasper National Park every year, a testament to the park's great beauty. In the summer, most of the visitors are there for activities like hiking and rafting, but the winter offers its attractions as well, with skiing and snowboarding. A spectacular Rocky Mountain view is always available for visitors to the Canadian Rockies, anytime of year.
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A proud feature of Jasper National Park is the wide array of wildlife in its own backyard. It is home to large species of grizzly and black bears, mountain caribou, elk, moose and wolves. It's also home to smaller habitat including marmots, pikas and Columbian ground squirrels, and a variety of birds, featuring the bald eagles and the endangered harlequin ducks.
March to June or September to November is the best time to view the huge variety of wildlife at Jasper National Park.