Parks News October 2016

Temporary Closure of Lake Annette Beach
September 26-October 1, 2016

Jasper National Park

Jasper, Alberta, Sep­tem­ber 23, 2016 – Begin­ning on Sep­tem­ber 26, the Lake Annette beach will be closed to the pub­lic for main­te­nance work on the beach retain­ing wall. The retain­ing wall sep­a­rates Lake Annette’s beach from Ochre Lake.

  •  Lake Annette’s first park­ing lot is closed to stage con­struc­tion equip­ment. The small­est
    park­ing lot located near the beach is also closed at this time.
  •  This work is expected to be com­pleted by Octo­ber 1, 2016.

Please respect the clo­sure area and fol­low on-site sig­nage.
For up-to-date news on infra­struc­ture work in Jasper National Park, please visit the infra­struc­ture web page at

For infor­ma­tion on trail con­di­tions and trail-related clo­sures, please visit

Joseph Zebrowski
Pub­lic Rela­tions and Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Offi­cer
Jasper National Park
Parks Canada

Parks News September 2016


Bridge rehabilitation on Highway 16
Fiddle River Bridge

Sep­tem­ber 21, to approx­i­mately Octo­ber 15th

Lane reduc­tion.

Early Closures
Valley of the Five Lakes and Mount Edith Cavell

Day Use Areas
Jasper National Park
Jasper, Alberta, August 30, 2016 – Parks Canada will be under­tak­ing work this fall at the Mount Edith Cavell and the Val­ley of
the Five Lakes day use area. Both of these areas will be closed to allow Parks Canada to con­duct the fol­low­ing deferred main­te­nance
and cap­i­tal improve­ments work out­side of the peak vis­i­ta­tion period:

Valley of the Five Lakes Parking Lot and Trail Head – Closing September 6th

The small park­ing lot located at the High­way 93 trail­head will be expanded to address safety con­cerns for pedes­tri­ans and dri­vers. A
small day-use pic­nic area will also be added to enhance the pic­nic oppor­tu­nity at this loca­tion.
Park vis­i­tors look­ing for a day-long hike can still access Val­ley of the Five Lakes from Old Fort Point trail­head (Trail 9c – 6.3km to
First Lake) or Wabasso Lake trail head (Trail 9 – 10km to Fifth Lake).
Alter­na­tive Offers – Lake Hikes:

  • Lac Beau­vert (Trail 4a);
  • Pyra­mid Bench: Mina-Riley loop (trail 8) ; the Cot­ton­wood Creek Loop (Trails 2, 2a, 11), the Sawridge Trail and the
    Mar­jorie Lake Trail (Trail 3);
  • Dorothy Lake and Christine Lake (Trail 60);
  • Maligne Lake: Mona/Lorraine Trail (Trail 100) and Moose Lake Loop (Trail 20);
  • Beaver Lake (Trail 139);
Mount Edith Cavell Day Use Area – Closing September 19th

For vis­i­tor safety pur­poses, the access road to the park­ing lot and Edith Cavell will be relo­cated from the high-risk flood zone and
addi­tional park­ing spaces will be cre­ated to meet present and future needs. Fur­ther enhance­ments will be made to the Path of the
Glac­ier Trail and the Cavell tarn view­point.

Road access to the HI-Mount Edith Cavell Hostel and the Tonquin Valley trailhead will continue until October 15th.

Alter­na­tive Offers – Glac­ier Views:

  •  Toe of the Athabasca Glac­ier (Trail 53) at the Columbia Ice­field Cen­tre;
  •  Parker Ridge (Trail 51) – dra­matic views of the Saskatchewan Glac­ier;
  •  Wilcox Pass (Trail 50) — visit the red chairs and enjoy the view of the Athabasca Glac­ier;
  •  Stut­tfield Glac­ier view­point – Ice­fields Park­way pull-off (94 km south of Jasper).\

Please respect the clo­sure areas and fol­low on-site sig­nage.
Drop by the Vis­i­tor Infor­ma­tion Cen­tre or visit for trip-planning infor­ma­tion, includ­ing a copy of the Day Hik­ing Guide, and explore alter­na­tive areas of the Park.

For more infor­ma­tion or inquiries about the upcom­ing con­struc­tion, please con­tact

Media Inquiries:
Joseph Zebrowski
Pub­lic Rela­tions and Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Offi­cer
Jasper National Park
Parks Canada

Jasper Fire Guard
September 22, 2016

Parks Canada fire crews will be work­ing on the Pyra­mid Bench on Thurs­day and/or Fri­day, Sep­tem­ber 22nd and 23rd.

Con­trol lines will be burned as an inte­gral part of prepar­ing the Jasper Fire Guard for main­te­nance burn­ing. The Jasper Fire Guard was estab­lished and is main­tained to help reduce the risk of wild­fire
to the com­mu­nity of Jasper. There is poten­tial for a small amount of smoke along the Pyra­mid Road. There is no need to call 911
or other emer­gency ser­vices to report smoke. The road and trails in that area will remain open.

Work on the Jasper Fire Guard will con­tinue into the fall and is sep­a­rate from the planned pre­scribed fire on the Pyra­mid Bench. Oper­a­tions on the pre­scribed fire will begin when forest and weather con­di­tions are suit­able and take place when the objec­tives of the pre­scribed fire can be met safely.

Emily Rendell-Watson, Fire Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Offi­cer
Tel: 780–883-0221 Email:


Geraldine Lakes Fire Lookout

Abandon site of a fire lookout

What do locals do when there is a day off from the hus­tle and bustle of the sum­mer traf­fic? They go hik­ing and explore the few trails that parks has still left open for the hik­ers and pets. This rel­a­tively short hike but a rough road to the trail­head is great for a casual walk in the park.

Amazing view for the Whirlpool Valley
Amaz­ing view for the Whirlpool Val­ley
Amazing view for the Whirlpool Valley
Amaz­ing view for the Whirlpool Val­ley
Remnants of the fire lookout structure
Rem­nants of the fire look­out struc­ture
Heading towards Athabasca Valley
Head­ing towards Athabasca Val­ley
Geraldine Lake Sign
Geraldine Lake Sign


Wilcox Lake

Exploring the Wilcox area

Won­der­ful hike off the Wilcox trail, a lake hid­den behind some ridges. It was nice to see hid­den gems like these. I don’t think we saw this in a hike book when we decided to do this trek. Word of mouth in around town amongst the like minded crowd is prob­a­bly how we got here.

Elevation start at 1900 meters
Ele­va­tion start at 1900 meters
Wilcox area map
Wilcox area map

Trail­head park­ing for the south bound­ary trail or the camp­sites in the area. Most choose the trail­head from Wilcox to access this lake, how­ever,  you can access via Tango Falls from the north.

Wilcox view of the Athabasca Icefield
Wilcox view of the Athabasca Ice­field

Spec­tac­u­lar view right from the start of the trail.

Ptarmigan or Grouse?
Ptarmi­gan or Grouse?


This area retain snow slopes year round
This area retain snow slopes year round
Wilcox Lake
Wilcox Lake


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