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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


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.


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.
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.

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.
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!
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.


Access: Maligne Lake

Park­ing: Yes

Trail­head: Boat Launch on Maligne Lake

Dis­tance: 21 kilo­me­tres on the lake.

Activ­i­ties: Canoe / Camp­ing


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


Patricia Lake

Access: From town, Pyra­mid Lake Road, and Bon­homme Street

Park­ing: Yes

Trail­head: Along the lake

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

Day use area Patricia Lake

This lake is the one you see pri­or to reach­ing Pyra­mid Lake, on this lake you can fish, canoe, or use the day use area pro­vid­ed. Quite a few locals leave their boats on the dock for their per­son­al use. Patri­cia Lake Bun­ga­lows is fur­ther down the lake if you intend to stay over night. Pyra­mid Lake Resort is just past this lake.

Reflection of Pyramid Mountain by Eddie Wong
Reflec­tion of Pyra­mid Moun­tain on Patri­cia Lake

Locals tend to use this day use area for bbq gath­er­ings or check out the dark skies for amaz­ing pho­tog­ra­phy. Fish­ing is allowed when the sea­son is open.


His­tor­i­cal val­ue on Patri­cia Lake is that, it once held a secret oper­a­tion called “Hab­bakuk”.


In 1942,  The Sec­ond World War was a time when many sci­en­tists were encour­aged to devel­op weapon tech­nol­o­gy and oth­er mil­i­tary equip­ment to assist the war effort. The idea was that because ice was unsink­able, the berg ships would be insu­lat­ed and imper­vi­ous to bomb and tor­pe­do attacks.

The pro­to­type in Patri­cia Lake was dis­man­tled in 1943 by remov­ing all the machin­ery that had been used and leav­ing it to sink in place. In the 1970’s remains of the mod­el were found and stud­ied and in 1989, a plaque to com­mem­o­rate the unusu­al ship was placed on the lake’s shore.