No highways existed when in 1813, the North West Company built a provision depot on Brule Lake to support fur brigades crossing the Rocky Mountains.
When Jasper Haws took command of the post in 1817, it became known as "Jasper's House" to avoid confusion with Rocky Mountain House on the Saskatchewan River. He ran the post for three years, providing travelers with food and horses, and trading with Indigenous people.
In 1821, the North West Company merged with Hudson’s Bay Company and Jasper House moved upriver in 1829. The staging post became a major destination for travellers using the Athabasca and the Yellowhead passes and First Nations route through the Smoky River Pass.
Though mid-century traffic to the post declined, Jasper’s legacy lives on in the adopted name of Canada’s largest Rocky Mountain Park.
By 1909, the last remnants of Jasper's House were gone, but you can visit the plaque and viewpoint commemorating these historic fur trade routes and traders.