Ahhh…Jasper. Every time I visit I don’t want to return to my city life. Your sparking blue lakes, reflecting postcard-perfect Rocky Mountain views, leave me feeling calm and serene every time.
There is no shortage of beautiful sites in Jasper National Park. Part of the Canadian Rocky Mountains (a World Heritage Site), Jasper is known for its vast subalpine forests, comprehensive trail network (the largest of any Canadian national park), blue mountain lakes and frequent wildlife sightings. Every time I have gone to Jasper I have seen wildlife– elk hanging out on main street Jasper, mountain goats and bighorn sheep licking salt off the highways, marmots playing peek-a-boo in the meadows. Mule deer are very common in Jasper and can often be seen around Pyramid Lake Road. Jasper is a nature lover’s dream!
I have been going to Jasper since I was a child and for some reason, had only just made my way up to Pyramid and Patricia Lakes this year. The lakes are quick and easy to get to, about 8 km from the Jasper townsite (take Pyramid Lake Road).
Once I got to Pyramid Island, I was surprised at how small it is. It only takes a few minutes to walk around the entire island, so be sure to slow down and spend some time enjoying the views. It’s a great place to have a picnic. If you didn’t pack a lunch, you can grab a bite to eat at the Pyramid Lake Resort. Mike and I had a light lunch there before we went out to explore the island. Every seat in the house has a great view of Pyramid Lake. You should check their website for the restaurant’s hours because I think they vary. When we arrived just after noon, the staff wasn’t sure if they were open for lunch yet or not!
Whether you choose to picnic on Pyramid Island or eat at the resort, you can burn off some calories by taking in a leisurely hike around Patricia Lake (about 4.8 kms).
Next time we return to Jasper, Mike and I plan on bringing his canoe and taking it out on Patricia Lake, maybe even do a little fishing (well, Mike will fish, I will just relax). We’re thinking it would be fun to go lake hopping- canoe a different lake every day! With so many gorgeous lakes right near the town of Jasper, why not?
Did you know…
- Patricia Lake is notable for its involvement during World War II. It was here where a prototype was built for an unsinkable aircraft carrier. It was made from pykrete, a mixture of wood pulp and ice. The project was abandoned and the ship was left to sink in place. Remains of the model were found in the 1970’s.
Accommodations in Jasper
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