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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
athabasca-river-040559 Sambo, our favorite canoe dog.
Sam­bo, our favorite canoe dog.


Ian and Sal­ly ham­ming it up.


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


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.

lit­tle more shel­ter from the wind
Just below the sur­face you can see the fish
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


Old Fort Point

This sim­ple day hike min­utes from Jasper town­site will  bring you to this won­der­ful vis­ta of the val­ley. This hike is for all ages and there is even a stair case to help you ascend the steep rocky ter­rain.  Some times Park Canada has some inter­pre­tive hikes that will guide you to this area and show you all the flo­ra, fau­na and geol­o­gy or you can hire a day hik­ing guide local­ly.

Athabas­ca river and Pyra­mid mtn.
Intern­ment camp plaque
Con­nect­ing road to Lac Beau­vert
High angle view from Old Fort Point

Enjoy the view of the Athabas­ca River and also where the Rafter’s land their crafts. You have to make your own plans for this place, because there is just a pletho­ra things to do. Going to the top in the moon light is one of the things that comes to mind.  Decide for your­self!

Access: Hwy 93a, from Jasper, 3 km South,

Park­ing: Yes

Trail­head: Old Fort Point

Dis­tance: 2 km one way

Activ­i­ties: Hik­ing / Sights




Pyramid Lake Beachside

Pyramid Lake day use area

A winding road leads to Patricia and Pyramid lakes where fishing, picnicking, boating (no gas motors allowed), and hiking are extremely popular. There are bbq fire pits along the south shores of this lake. Day use only, don't try to camp out there as the resort and Parks Canada will frown upon that. The beach is quite small and the water frigid.

Just past the resort you can walk onto the island where it is quite popular to have wedding photos and ceremonies take place. There are no reservation system in place as of writing this, so if you want to have a ceremony here, it is first come first serve. You can ask your marriage commissioner for advise.

Melody and Pete wedding
A bride arrives on the beach by canoe

Rental facilities include horse-back riding, canoeing, fishing. Or bring your own water craft, there is a dock there.

Cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and ice-skating on Pyramid Lake in the winter make this an ideal location for family fun.

Seasonal and year-round accommodation and dining facilities available.

Access: From town, Pyramid Lake Road

Parking: Yes

Trailhead: Along the lake, Pyramid Lake Resort

Activities: Hiking / Biking / Canoe / Fishing / Day Use / Sights


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