Jasper Basic Information
The community of Jasper has firmly held roots to its heritage and clearly feels a sense of pride to share its natural wonders to many visitors. Take the time to realise the sheer beauty of Jasper National Park, as it may take a few days to truly soak in. And, read on to find out all the basic information you need to get the most out of your Jasper holiday.
Australian passport holders are eligible to holiday in Canada for up to 6 months without a visa. In order to travel under these terms, you must hold a valid passport for the dates you are travelling within. If you're between the ages of 18 and 30, Aussies may also be eligible to work and stay in Canada for up to 2 years with a temporary work permit as part of International Experience Canada. Please be aware that this information is only a guideline. For up-to-the-minute visa information, contact your local Canadian embassy.
The currency in Canada is the Canadian Dollar. The exchange rate between the Australian Dollar and the Canadian Dollar fluctuates constantly, so it's a good idea to monitor the rate before purchasing cash. For safe spending while overseas, consider bringing a credit card or travel money cashcard with you.
Jasper is known to be an unpretentious mountain town where what you see is what you get. The quality views seen on a daily basis set the standard and local restaurateurs have stepped up to the plate with their inspiring menu ranges, which deserves recognition in their own right. There is no missing Patricia Street Deli, which boasts to serve up the best lunch sub in town. Don't let the name put you off trying out Evil Dave's Grill. The local cuisine is meticulously cooked to perfection and appeals to meat eaters with hearty portions, plus high-end dining options. Whether you're a backpacker or a mega mogul, you'll eat well in Jasper.
Jasper's nightlife is subdued compared to the nearby bar and club scene of Banff. The quality fine ale brewing pub, Jasper Brewing Co., located on Connaught Drive guarantees a great night of light-hearted conversation with both the staff and other friendly visitors while you sample the European-style beers. The Tent City sports lounge welcomes you to sit back, relax and keep up-to-date with sport from across the world. If clubbing on a night out is unavoidable, follow the 250-strong crowd down to Atha-B (Jasper's largest club venue) located in the Athabasca Hotel. It certainly livens up here over the weekend with Saturday night dedicating itself to Ladies Night, and Sunday for a boozy Industry Night.