The primary reason to visit Jasper National Park is, of course, its natural beauty. The town of Jasper, however, makes for a pleasant low-key base. The town was established at the beginning of the 20th century and the park's Information Centre, seen here, is a historic landmark thanks to its rustic design that became typical of many other early national park buildings throughout the country. (It also houses a small gift store if you are looking for souvenirs or books on the ecology and history of the area.) The city's fire department and Anglican church are among the other charming alpine inspired buildings in town. You'll also find a number of restaurants, bars, and outfitters who can arrange excursions in the park from snowshoeing and cross-country skiing in the winter to mountain bike rentals in the summer.