Jasper National Park
Statistically, driving is the most dangerous activity in the park
- Obey posted speed limits: 90 km/hr max (56 mph) on major routes and 60 km/hr max (37 mph) on secondary roads.
- Make allowances for other drivers, who may be in a hurry, lost, or distracted by the scenery.
- Be prepared for a variety of conditions; it may snow in summer at higher elevations.
- Slow down in bad weather or stop somewhere safe and wait it out.
- Watch out for cyclists. They may be difficult to see, especially from an RV. Do not drive on the road shoulder.
- Watch out for wildlife.
Driving in winter conditions takes extra care
- Slow down if the road is snow-covered or if visibility is poor.
- Watch out for black ice, especially on bridges and near water.
- The use of cruise control is not recommended.
- Your vehicle must have snow tires or chains when you are driving on the Icefields Parkway or Marmot Road from November 1 to April 1.
- It is a good idea to equip your car with a shovel, flashlight, blanket, food and extra warm clothing.
- Cell phone reception outside of townsites is unreliable.
A great trip starts with good planning
- For the most up-to-date road information, check www.511.alberta.ca or dial 511 (in Alberta only).
- For the most up-to-date road information on the British Columbia side of the park, check www.drivebc.ca or dial 1-800-550-4997.
- Give yourself extra time to reach your destination. Plan for your own comfort by taking along water and some snacks.
- If possible, plan your travel for early in the day or in the evening.
- It is a also good idea to check the latest road construction conditions to ensure you don’t miss your flight, bus, or train.
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