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After visiting the rustic Jasper Information Centre (500 Connaught Dr, Map 5, 15N), a designated historic site, cross Miette Ave to see Whistler’s Inn’s lower level Den Wildlife Museum animal specimens. Cross Connaught Dr to the Jasper Heritage Railway Station, a working station with 1923 CNR steam loco-motive 6015 and Haida carved totem pole out front. After a trackside coffee at Barako Café patio, follow the Discovery Trail circling the town. Walk as much of the 8.3-km (5.1-mi) loop as you like; the trail’s three sections have signs interpreting railway history (go SW), peaks and people (go NW), and nature (other side of town). Back downtown is the Old Firehall across Patricia St from the visitor centre. North on Patricia St and left on Pyramid Lake Rd is the charming wood, red brick and stone Jasper Lutheran Church, the town’s oldest. Continue past the Jasper Activity Centre and turn left onto Bonhomme St where, across the road from the Jasper Fitness & Aquatic Centre, is the Jasper-Yellowhead Museum (p 134) with exhibits on the fur trade, mountaineering and park history. Return to Patricia St and Connaught Dr for shopping, dining and pubs. Join a free (donations welcome) 90-min Friends of Jasper Walk in the Past, 7:30 pm May-Sept.