Visitor safety and guidelines

Jasper National Park

We rarely head out for an adventure with the expectation that something will go wrong, and most times everything will go right. But sometimes the unexpected happens.

Safety is everyone's responsibility. At Parks Canada, we do our part to make sure you can have a safe visit by assessing the risks, managing hazards, and making sure that safety information is freely available to everyone. You can do your part by seeking out the information you need to stay safe and make well informed decisions while enjoying these special places. Visit our websites and stop at a Visitor Centre for the most up to date information. Make sure you are fully prepared for whatever activities you choose to participate in so you can have a safe, enjoyable and memorable visit.

Natural hazards are a part of the national park experience. You can reduce the impact of an unfortunate circumstance by being well informed and well prepared.

For general information on how to stay safe when enjoying the outdoors visit For important information about safety while enjoying Jasper National Park, explore the topics below.

In case of emergency: Dial 911
Remember, cell phones are not always reliable in the backcountry.

Backcountry beacons: Devices such as "SPOT" or "inREACH" and satellite phones are often the only devices that work in the backcountry. Your adventure is not the place to learn how to use your emergency device. Be familiar with it and understand the difference between the “SOS/Emergency” and “Messaging” functions. Pre-enter your messages and tell your contact person how to reach Parks Canada in case of an emergency.

Reporting wildlife: Call Jasper Dispatch (780-852-6155) if you see:

  • unsafe or aggressive human-wildlife interactions
  • injured or dead wildlife
  • a predator in the townsite, a campground, or near accomodations


You don’t need to walk far to be in avalanche terrain where training, skills and equipment (i.e. beacon, probe and shovel) are essential.

Ice safety

Parks Canada does not monitor the ice. It's up to YOU to assess the thickness of the ice.


Accidents are more likely to happen behind the wheel than anywhere else. Follow these simple tips for a safe and fun road trip.

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