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Jasper National Park

Jasper National Park is the largest national park in the Canadian Rockies. It is located to the north of Banff and west of the city of Edmonton. Mount Robson lies to the west. The park includes the glaciers of the Columbia Icefield, hot springs, lakes, waterfalls, and mountains. The park was established in 1907 as Jasper Forest Park, and was granted national park status in 1930. In 1984, Banff and Jasper were declared UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The Canadian Rockies are composed of sedimentary rock, including shale, sandstone, limestone, and quartzite, that originated as deposits in a shallow inland sea. The mountains were formed 80Ð120 million years ago, as a product of thrust faults.

The premier locations for photographing Jasper National Park include the rugged peaks of the remote Tonquin Valley, and the Columbia Icefields. Many of the most famous viewpoints are accessible from the highways and parkways that cut across the park, but most of the backcountry locations require overnight backpacking and camping skills.