A Jasper Park Traveler’s 1969 Home Movie

The first minute and a half of this short 1969 home movie shows an interesting and raw glimpse into the way Jasper National Park was – from the perspective of a 1969 traveler.

  • Big 60s American cars parked on Connaught Drive in the town of Jasper at the center of Jasper National Park…then a Volkswagon Bus drives by
  • A mule deer or elk stands in a field and then bighorn sheep walk amongst tourists and campers.
  • The Ranger Station looks like it does today – though it now serves as the Jasper Information Center and houses a gift shop
  • The Athabasca Hotel looks like it did when the current building opened in 1928. Though modernized, it still maintains its charm today. I imagine the traveler stayed here.
  • The Jasper Firehall building is still there today but now functions as the Jasper Artists Guild….right near the park information center. A new firehall building was recently opened elsewhere in town.

The second half of the video covers a trip to Yellowstone National Park, a place I just visited and whose relation to Jasper National park I will explore further in upcoming articles.

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