Plan your visit

Jasper House National Historic Site

From the Jasper townsite, a 35 km (22 mile) drive east will take you to the commemorative plaque and viewpoint overlooking Jasper House National Historic Site. Follow the short, beautiful trail to a wooden platform and look out across the Athabasca River to a clearing where only the footprint of log buildings from Jasper House remain. Jasper National Park is a four hour drive west of Edmonton, and five hour drive northwest of Calgary.

No highways existed when in 1813, the North West Company built a provision depot on Brule Lake to support fur brigades crossing the Rocky Mountains. When Jasper Haws took command of the post in 1817, it became known as "Jasper's House" to avoid confusion with Rocky Mountain House on the Saskatchewan River. He ran the post for three years, providing travelers with food and horses, and trading with Indigenous people.

How to get here


Jasper National Park
PO Box 10
Jasper AB T0E 1E0




There is no road access to the actual site of Jasper House. However a stop at the commemorative plaque is well worth your while. The plaque is 35 km east of Jasper on the Trans-Canada Yellowhead Highway 16. If you are travelling from the west be careful of the blind corner while turning into the vehicle pullout.

Free admission for youth. Other fees still apply.
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Facilities and services

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