Jasper in June (Part 2) – Jasper House

Jasper House was a fur trading post, in what is now Jasper National Park, which functioned at 2 different locations (on Brule Lake and then on the Athabasca River) between 1813 and 1884 as a major staging and supply post for travel through the Canadian Rockies. Originally named Rocky Mountain House, it was renamed Jasper House, after Jasper Hawse (who operated the post from 1814-1817) to avoid confusion with the post at Rocky Mountain House, further South.

The post was used intermittently between 1853 and 1884, when it was finally closed. The building was destroyed in 1909, when its lumber was used to make a raft for the surveyors for the Grand Trunk Railroad.


We have passed by the parking lot for this site for years, never going in to see what was there. On this trip, we had some time to kill before checking into our accommodation, so turned in for the short walk to the viewpoint. The walk is only about 300 meters, so no real sweat. We will never look at this parking lot the same way again.

the story board
the trail in – not too many skeeters this day
a little wet in the area
on the shores of the mighty Athabasca River
this was the main transportation route for traders and explorers in this area
the sign across the river showing where the building was located
the ladyslippers were starting to bloom
a beautiful flower on this common weed
the official story

7 thoughts on “Jasper in June (Part 2) – Jasper House

  1. Great post and fantastic photos, Allan! So much scenic beauty in just one place. Did you happen to see any wild animals? I bet you were excited to finally be out in the great outdoors. Thanks so much for sharing and taking me along on a journey. Have a lovely weekend 😊 Aiva

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    1. For sure. Even if you are in a hurry, you really should stop. The mosquitoes were only bad on our last day in Jasper. I think it was too cool and breezy for them. Didn’t hurt our feelings. Thanks for reading and commenting Bernie. Allan.


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