Wilderness Town Profile: Jasper Townsite (Part One)
There are many pros and cons to having a town site – including a prestigious golf course and ski hill – inside of a national park. Well, I’m struggling to think of a pro from a conservation point of view. Perhaps I will leave it to Simon to write about this debate at another time…
But since the Jasper townsite isn’t going anywhere, you might as well embrace it for what it is: a unique wilderness outpost with interesting shops and great restaurants.
One restaurant, however, stands so far above any restaurant in Jasper (Simon’s Edit: it stands amongst the best restaurants anywhere, in my opinion) that I have to focus an entire post on singing its praises.
It’s one restaurant that makes it worth driving up the Icefields Parkway all the way from Yellowstone every summer (I’m only half joking). It’s a restaurant that we save up for every year (although it is not very expensive anyway). It’s a restaurant that will leave you begging for more, trust me.
Please, you go out to eat just once in Jasper, you must go to Prime Rib Village. You can thank me later.
Located at the eastern edge of the main strip through town, Prime Rib Village (corny name, I know) is home to the worlds BEST prime rib (fact).
The staff, including owner Nick and hostess Gail, help make the meal the wonderful event that it is.
Here’s what you order (trust me):
Starter: Greek salad for two
Main: Prime rib (rare)
Aperitif: Nick’s “special coffee”
Simon and I usually reach Jasper at the tail end of our summer photography adventures, having spent every night sleeping in a tent for a month and a half, getting up at 4am religiously, finding (borrowing, stealing) random showers to use, and sustaining mainly on meal bars and instant coffee.
So when we first cut into that sweet, sweet delicious prime rib…well, it makes all of the hardship worth it.
It’s last meal good, as my sister says – and she’s right.
Now I’m hungry. Time to start counting down the days…
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