OUR PROJECTS

The Friends of Jasper have been community leaders on a number of restoration projects in Jasper National Park including the Cavell Meadows Project, Pyramid Island Project and Jasper Trails Project. 

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Winter Trails Project

The Friends of Jasper National Park are embarking on a new project to enhance your winter!

Beginning next winter, we want to harness the power of volunteers to flat-pack trails that are accessible from the Jasper townsite. To do that, we are raising funds to purchase and operate a purpose-built machine called a Snowdog. Snowdogs produce a smooth and supportive trail base that will allow all users to enjoy the trails without having to spin their tires or sink deep into the snow.

To find out more, visit: give.friendsofjasper.com/

WHISTLERS RESTORATION PROJECT

In 2015, the Friends of Jasper National Park, in partnership with Parks Canada and the Jasper SkyTram began work to realign, redefine and rehabilitate the Whistlers Summit Trail with the goals of protecting the fragile alpine landscape from degradation and impact created by heavy use. Trail work, along with new and improved infrastructure, has fostered the public’s awareness of the benefits of volunteer engagement and provided enhanced opportunities for visitors to learn, experience and create a connection with Jasper National Park. This project offered a unique opportunity for collaboration between a national park, a non-profit and a major attraction to meet these goals.

Jasper Discovery Trail

The Jasper Town Trail Interpretive and Directional Sign Project was a multi-agency partnership that provided trail users with information about the trail, about the town and about Jasper National Park to enhance their enjoyment, understanding and appreciation of the area. The Friends took on the role of Project Coordinator for the project’s duration.

Cavell Meadows Restoration

FJNP and Parks Canada launched the project at Cavell Meadows to protect the sensitive meadow habitat after years of footsteps caused serious damage to the trail and vegetation. Working with a number of volunteers, we repaired the trail, camouflaging and re-vegetating damaged sections of meadow, and installing trail markers, maps and interpretive signs.

Jasper Trails Project

This joint project between FJNP and Parks Canada succeeded in providing signage for the trails surrounding the Jasper townsite, including Maligne Canyon, Miette River, Pyramid Bench and Valley of Five Lakes. The signs have since been replaced with stronger, vandal-resistant signs.The project involved over 1000 volunteer hours and support is still required annually for inspection.

Pyramid Island Rehabilitation

Through the efforts of FJNP, Parks Canada and countless community volunteers, this project was a great success. Since there had never been a formal trail system on the island, it had been heavily impacted by more than 60 years of uncontrolled traffic. Over three years, the island’s soil and plant life were rehabilitated, defined pathways were installed and interpretive signage was developed.