The most Canadian town in Canada
Nestled in the heart of the majestic Canadian Rockies, the lovable town of Jasper personifies Canada (and Canadians) in so many ways. When you think of Canada, what images come to mind? Do you think of pointy snow capped peaks? Misty coastlines with a single white and red lighthouse? Do you see kids playing hockey on a frozen lake or skiers shooting down a steep mountain face?
Maybe, if you’re not actually from Canada, you think of bearded lumberjacks paddling in a red canoe eating Canadian bacon smothered in maple syrup while singing Celine Dion’s greatest hits? (Fact – every Canadian owns a canoe and knows John from Calgary).
Being Canadians who write about travel, we’re often asked, “Where should I go when I visit Canada for the first time?” It’s a great question. The answer, however, is not so simple.
Canada is huge. In fact, you can fit every European country in Canada (seriously, Google it – I know you want to). We’ve spent the past few years exploring much of Western Canada, so our first response is typically destinations in British Columbia like Vancouver, Whistler, Victoria, Tofino, the Okanagan, etc.
But, having recently visited the town of Jasper in both summer and winter, we’ve come to the conclusion that Jasper takes the title as the most “Canadian” town in Canada, especially when it’s covered under a blanket of snow.
Let me share a few reasons why we think Jasper is Canada’s most Canadian town…
You can ice skate on frozen lakes surrounded by stunning rocky mountains.
Bright green sleds are an acceptable, and frequently used, form of transportation.
The locals are wild and they drink a lot.
There’s always a chair available at the beach.
Unspoiled wilderness. Jasper is located within a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Traditional poutine, duck confit sliders and craft beer is eaten at every meal.
Stuffed black bears can be found in most establishments.
World class skiing and snowbarding at Marmot Basin is only 20 minutes from town.
Located in the world’s 2nd largest country, traffic jams will inevitably happen.
Frozen waterfalls. They’re here too.
Who needs a car when you can take a dog sled?
The weather may be cold but the people are warm and friendly.
You can eat maple syrup on snow. So, there’s that.
Jasper is very hospitable, even in the middle of nowhere.
There’s no such thing as an indoor hockey rink in Jasper.
Craft beer is always consumed in the presence of stuffed animal heads.
Jasper’s skyscrapers are very distracting.
Of course, there must be snow. Lots and lots of snow.
Furniture is made out of ice. Yes, that’s a real ice bar (minus the booze).
C’mon, how cute is this little town?
Did I mention the green sleds, ice skating and UNESCO World Heritage Site?
Well, what do you think? Does Jasper qualify as the most Canadian town in Canada?
Read more posts from Alberta:
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- That time I explored Jasper National Park on a motorcycle
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