Yellowhead Highway Overview: Jasper to Edson portion
The 166 km (1:50 hours) section of the Yellowhead Highway from Jasper to Edsonruns along the upper Fraser River and showcases the rugged interior mountains of northeastern British Columbia.
The town of Jasper is located in the heart of the same-named national park. Jasper offers a range of amenities for visitors, including accommodations, gas, restaurants, and outdoor recreation opportunities. Heading west, the Yellowhead Highway #16 heads through the the Yellowhead Pass, toward Mount Robson. Travelers can detour south on the Icefields Parkway (Highway 93) to pass by some of the most iconic natural attractions in Jasper National Park, such as Athabasca Falls, Columbia Icefield, and Sunwapta Falls. These sites offer opportunities for hiking, sightseeing, and exploring the beauty of the mountains.
As you drive easty from Jasper you are in very wide glacier-scoured valley with lakes turned a very pretty blue from the suspended glacial rock flour reflecting the sky’s blue. The first major attraction along the route eastward is the Miette Hot Springs, The hot springs offer visitors the chance to soak in naturally heated mineral water, surrounded by the beautiful wilderness of the Rockies.
As the highway leaves the mountains, travelers will pass through the small community of Entrance just east of Jasper National Park gates. Then you pass the junction with Highway 40, which heads north to Grande Cache after crossing over (one last time) the Athabasca River on its route to the Arctic Ocean, and William A. Switzer Provincial Park. Located just east of the park gates from Hinton, located in Alberta’s forested foothills. These are gentle folds in the earth’s crust that arehigher right close to the eastern edge of the rockies and gradually reduce hieght and amplitude as they move east twoard Canada’s vast Prairies. The highway passes through a mix of rural and forested landscapes, with the occasional small community and ranch along the way.
Cost-saving recomendation: If heading west, Hinton is the last cheap gas before the mountain parks and BC. Fill up in Hinton. If heading eastbound, fill up in BC (Prince George, McBride, Tete Jaune Cache) enough to get here and then TOP UP your gas tank here.
One of the foothils is at Obed Summit, between Hinton and Edson. which is the highest point of the Yellowhead Highway, at 1163 m (3819 ft) even 33 m (108 ft) higher than the Yellowhead Pass on the Continental Divide.
Edson is home to a diverse range of industries, including forestry, oil and gas, and agriculture. Edson is also a popular destination for outdoor recreation, with numerous parks, trails, and lakes located in the surrounding area.