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Canoeing Athabasca River

Explore the waterways and glacial fed lakes of Jasper.

Athabas­ca river is one of the fur trad­ing routes used by the voy­agers of yes­ter­day. Dis­cov­er the his­toric routes by tak­ing a tour on the Athabas­ca. There are raft­ing and canoe out­fit­ters that can guide you down some of the pristine wilder­ness that Jasper got to offer.

Get back to nature on your own if you have the courage to tack­le the rapids and obsta­cles that awaits you. You can pick-up some maps when you get into town at the Parks office and choose an adven­ture that suits you.

Taking a break on the banks of Athabasca River
Tak­ing a break on the banks of Athabas­ca River
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Sam­bo, our favorite canoe dog.

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Ian and Sal­ly ham­ming it up.

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Taking a break on the banks of Athabasca River
Tak­ing a break on the banks of Athabas­ca River
View from back of the canoe
View from back of the canoe

 

Lakes with rentals:

Pyra­mid Lake

Beau­vert Lake

Maligne Lake

Oth­er lakes can be arranged with local out­door shops. See all canoe activ­i­ties

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Edna Lake

A lit­tle lake next to Tal­bot Lake, great place to float around or even fish for North­ern Pike. Easy access from the high­way.

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lit­tle more shel­ter from the wind
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Just below the sur­face you can see the fish
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A won­der­ful world beneath the sur­face

May­be a scuba dive is in order here.753-Edna-lake

 

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Access: Hwy 16

Park­ing: Yes

Trail­head: 15 min­utes east of Jasper on HWY 16

Activ­i­ties: Canoe / Fish­ing / Wind Sail­ing


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Coronet Creek Adventure

Coronet Creek Camping

I was a lit­tle hes­i­tant in writ­ing about this trip, because I want­ed to keep it secret from the mass vis­i­tors to the area. Real­iz­ing that the best expe­di­tions can­not be hid­den away. This trip con­sist of water­crafts (canoes & sea kayaks) of human pow­er. The length of Maligne Lake is approx­i­mate­ly 22 kilo­me­tres long and Coro­net Creek camp­site is at the south end of the Lake. Need­less to say it is a long pad­dle down, if you can afford to rent the elec­tric motor­ized ver­sion (no gas pow­ered motors allowed) at var­i­ous places in Jasper, you can relax and enjoy the scenic ride.
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There is some­thing about pack­ing all your gear and being self suf­fi­cient for a cou­ple of days in the wilder­ness. This par­tic­u­lar trip start­ed with a thun­der and light­ing show min­utes before we arrived at the put-in. The weath­er seemed to clear up, so off we went on our annu­al trip down the lake. We chose not to stop and camp at Fish­er­mans Bay (approx­i­mate­ly 14 km south) this time around, so the trip only need­ed three days and two nights, main­ly due to work rea­sons. Only two camp­sites are on this lake and only eight tent pads per site, so reser­va­tions are a must. Pick up per­mits at the Parks infor­ma­tion build­ing in Jasper.
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Lets get back to the weath­er as this played an impor­tant role on this out­ing. Giv­ing thanks to Moth­er Nature at first, great tail wind that pushed us along to the nar­rows and then the dread­ful head­wind that fol­lowed. The sky was over­cast and the the waves were start­ing to rise, and the tour boats that roam up and down the lake added to the wakes. Still in good spir­its, some of us were wor­ried about the waves, so we took refuge at sev­er­al spots along the lake. There is some day use areas with fire pits if you had to stay out of the water. Real­iz­ing the weath­er was not going to let up we ven­tured onwards to Coro­net Creek.
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The kayak­ers got there first and we canoeists soon fol­lowed. Six and a half-hours since we put-in, we final­ly arrived, a shout of joy and a shout for BEER! After quench­ing our thirst, tents and tarps went up fair­ly quick­ly as a storm was approach­ing. We pad­dled across the bay to pick up drift­wood and dead­falls for the camp­fire. It was sad to see that ear­lier campers had left cans in the pits. A beau­ti­ful place and quite a bit of work to get here and still not enough respect for the area. OH well, I digress.
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Noth­ing like a well-earned meal by the fire with the tarps over our heads and the rain pour­ing down, yet we still man­aged to stay dry. Morn­ing came quick, the dis­cus­sion about whose tents stayed dry and whose snor­ing was loud­er was the top­ic. The rain did not let up, but that did not stop Mike, Dan and Al from a hike to Coro­net Glac­i­er. The rest of us stayed by the camp under the tarp and wished the next day would bring good weath­er. No such luck. The war­den came by in the morn­ing to con­firm the bad news, head­wind and snow all the way back home!
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Why did we ven­ture here? Well, after five to six beau­ti­ful lucky years, we were bound to have one crap­pie weath­er canoe / camp trip. Coro­net Creek, still a mag­i­cal place even if you can’t see the moun­tain tops. Just be pre­pared and make the most out of it.

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Access: Maligne Lake

Park­ing: Yes

Trail­head: Boat Launch on Maligne Lake

Dis­tance: 21 kilo­me­tres on the lake.

Activ­i­ties: Canoe / Camp­ing


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The Cast:
Nan­cy, Miri­am, Lar­ry, Jay, Mike, Al, Dan, Rhon­da, Rob, Eddie

1999

Maligne Lake Fishing

Fishing on Maligne Lake

Maligne Lake is one of the lakes that you can go fish­ing in Jasper Nation­al Park, where the scenery is as beau­ti­ful as the sport of Fish­ing. The weath­er was hot this par­tic­u­lar day and it was about time, as this year start­ed out cold and it seemed that El Nina was going to make Jasper a frigid sum­mer. To get back to the fish­ing tale on Maligne Lake, some good friends were up from Sher­wood Park for a vis­it and of course, some fish­ing. We picked up our Nation­al Parks fish­ing per­mit (provin­cial fish­ing per­mits are not valid in Nation­al Parks) the day before at a local sport shop and got a tip from the ven­dor that Maligne Lake was the hot spot to be!

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Get­ting a right fish­ing boat makes a lot of dif­fer­ence
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Gord and his release

We were going to go there any­how, so it just made us hap­pier to go there. We (Per­ry, Kim, Gord and I) picked up our snacks for the out­ing in the morn­ing and head­ed off to the lake. The bonus was Per­ry and Kim had their own canoe and elec­tric motor (gas pow­ered motors are not allowed on Maligne Lake) and Gord had his “Rain­bow War­rior”, a fine­ly craft­ed 19 foot cedar strip canoe with all the fix­ings. This elim­i­nat­ed us in rent­ing any gear that is avail­able at the local shops. Or you can hire a fish­ing guide that will sup­ply all the nec­es­sary gear, I had the plea­sure of get­ting a seat in the Rain­bow War­rior with an expe­ri­ence guide (Gord).

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I’ll take you to a nice spot

This fish­ing trip was not an ordi­nary one as most fish­er­man / wom­en knows that ear­ly morn­ing and late evening is the time that the fish­es bite. Putting in at around 10:00am is just a wee bit late, but nev­er­the­less, we were deter­mined to catch some fine trout. Gord led the way to a secret spot where the fish­es were just wait­ing to take a bite in our hooks. Who knows which one of us had the first bite. As I fum­bled with some of my archaic lures (lead and live bait is not allowed, and bar­b­less rec­om­mend­ed) and tried some that just did not work for me, so I ask Gord for one of his spe­cial lure (can’t tell ya, going have to.… you) and sure enough, BAM! I got a bite!

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secret bay
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Great scenery while you fish

We were pulling them in and there was Kim pulling in her first one and ask­ing Per­ry, “can I let him go?” after releas­ing the fish she says, “alright I’m done fish­ing!” Ahh, to be sat­is­fied with just one catch, such a refresh­ing thought. We laughed and baked in the sun. We have all release one or two by now, but kept trolling. Then sud­den­ly, Gord lands a two to three pound Brook Trout. (Did I men­tion this is a tale?) After tak­ing a pho­to of this trout, Gord says “looks too good to keep…he’s a breed­er” and my mouth dropped as he releas­es it back into the water.
I usu­al­ly like to keep the fish I catch, because it taste so good up here and spe­cial­ly if they are big ones. But today was just catch and release day, good friends and beau­ti­ful sun­ny day.

June 15, 1999
by Eddie Wong

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