If you’re one for lake-life, Jasper National Park is your ultimate summer destination. Jasper has a grand total of 1, 762 gorgeous alpine lakes scattered throughout its dense alpine forest, mountains, and glaciers.
Unlike Banff’s alpine lakes, Jasper’s lakes are fairly easy to access – you can drive to most of the popular ones! In this post I’ll outline my favourite alpine lakes in Jasper.
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So, let’s go on an adventure!
- Maligne Lake
- Pyramid Lake
- Cavell Pond
- Medicine Lake
- Patricia Lake
- Edith Lake
- Horseshoe Lake
- Best places to stay in Jasper
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Alpine Lakes In Jasper: Directions
Here you can find directions for each of the alpine lakes in Jasper I talk about – I’ve marked where to park.
1. Maligne Lake
The first alpine lake in Jasper on today’s agenda is one of Jasper’s Crown Jewels; Maligne Lake. Maligne Lake is by far the most beautiful lake in Jasper and it’s also the biggest!
Here you can rent kayaks or embark on a 1 hour lake cruise to Spirit Island.
2. Pyramid Lake
The second alpine lake in Jasper we’ll talk about today is Pyramid Lake. Pyramid Lake isn’t the most beautiful lake and it doesn’t have that gorgeous blue water. The reason for this being that Pyramid Lake is not strictly filled by glacial water.
Since the water isn’t blue, you’ll find it’s much warmer than the other lakes in the area making it the best place to swim in Jasper. It’s also a great place to rent kayaks and paddle boats.
3. Cavell Pond
Cavell Pond isn’t technically a lake, but it’s so beautiful it had to make the list of beautiful alpine lakes in Jasper.
Cavell Pond is the most striking mint coloured body of water I’ve ever seen. This is thanks to an abundance of glacial silt. Cavell Pond is a quick 15 minute walk from the car, but you can also make this into an adventure and summit the East Ridge for a bird’s eye view.
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4. Medicine Lake
Medicine Lake can be seen on the way to Maligne Lake, so make sure to add it to your Jasper bucket-list. Medicine Lake is the most interesting alpine lake in Jasper because it drains throughout the year. This photo was taken toward the end of October when water levels were quite low.
Where does the water go? It drains Into Maligne Canyon!
5. Patricia Lake
Patricia Lake is the fifth alpine lake in Jasper you can’t miss. It can be found on Pyramid Lake road on the way to Pyramid Lake. This is a great place to stop in, hangout for a bit, and enjoy a picnic.
6. Edith Lake
Next on our list of alpine lakes in Jasper is Edith Lake. Edith Lake can be found in one of Jasper’s day-use areas adjacent to Anette Lake. Here you’ll find bbq grills, picnic tables, outhouses, and a large beach. Edith Lake is the perfect place to spend a summer day in Jasper National Park.
Apparently Edith Lake is quite warm which would make it a great spot to swim… With its icy blue water I wouldn’t trust this statement until I tried it myself!
7. Horseshoe Lake
Unfortunately I don’t have any photos of this alpine lake in Jasper, so here’s a video instead:
Horseshoe Lake is the local’s favourite place to spend a summer day in Jasper and a great off the beaten path adventure. There are multiple cliffs to jump from – just be warned the water is COLD!
Best Places To Stay In Jasper National Park
The best place to stay in Jasper depends on your price range. So, here are a few suggestions for every budget:Booking.com
- Cheap(er) hotels in Jasper – Jasper Gates Resort, Overlander Mountain Lodge
- Mid-range hotels in Jasper: Tonquin Inn, Whistler’s Inn, Lobstick Lodge, Astoria Hotel, Sawridge Inn
- Luxury hotels in Jasper: Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge, Pyramid Lake Resort, Mount Robson Inn
- Cheapest lodging options: camp at Wapiti or Whistler’s campground (camping info). Alternatively stay at one of Jasper’s hostels; HI Jasper and Jasper Downtown Hostel.
- Best cabins in Jasper: Miette Mountain cabins, Tekarra Lodge, Patricia Lake Bungalows, Jasper East Cabins
- See all Jasper lodging options here
Planning a trip to Jasper? Don’t forget to check out my trip planner! I’ll help you create the perfect Jasper itinerary.
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About The Author
HI, I’m Taylor – the voice behind The Holistic Backpacker.
After moving to Banff National Park in 2020 I became an outdoor adventure enthusiast and vowed to never stop exploring.
I now spend my days travelling the world, climbing mountains, and spending nights under the stars in the Canadian Rockies backcountry.
I created The Holistic Backpacker so I could share my adventures and help connect people like you with the same amazing experiences.