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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


Valley of the Five Lakes — Biking

A clas­sic trail that is fair­ly busy for hik­ers and bik­ers alike. There are a cou­ple of ways to access these beau­ti­ful lakes. For this post, we were on bikes using trails, 1, 9 and 12 to com­plete a loop from town.

Anthony riding the steep sections
Antho­ny rid­ing the steep sec­tions
Foot bridge over streams
Foot bridge over streams
Great vantage point
Great van­tage point
Lake 2 of Valley of the Five Lakes
Lake 2 of Val­ley of the Five Lakes
Beau­ti­ful glacial col­ors
Nice rest area along the lake


Right from town, we head for Old Fort Point where you can catch Trail 1 and con­nect with Trail 9 then com­ing out of the south access trail­head for Val­ley of the Five Lakes. This park­ing lot is quite small and often the vehi­cles are parked along the 93 Ice­field Park­way.

The foot bridge access The foot bridge access

Rid­ing a bike gives you many options to divert to oth­er trails. Plus you do not need to find park­ing or burn any fos­sil fuel.

Trail 12 along the highwayTrail 12 along the high­way

Trail 12 has devel­oped quite well for the folks who don’t want to be too deep into the back­coun­try and access to their camp­sites and bun­ga­lows.




Swimming in Jasper National Park

Jasper Aquat­ic cen­tre has an indoor pool where you can swim indoors. Miette Hot Springs has var­i­ous pools, but real­ly made for swim­ming, more like soak­ing. If you have a hearty soul, you can just about swim on any lakes and rivers in Jasper Nation­al Park.

Swim­ming in nat­ur­al lakes

Public swim areas

Swim­ming is great to keep in shape and also for sur­vival in Jasper. Spe­cial­ly when you have to ford a riv­er to a des­ti­na­tion or work in the envi­ron­ment like riv­er guid­ing or just play­ing in the water. Lakes and rivers are gen­er­al­ly very cold in Jasper because most of them are glacial fed.

Toss­ing them in, sink or swim?

Jasper Aquat­ic

Miette Hot Springs

Jasper Lakes and Beach­es


Geraldine Lakes

The water falls are what most peo­ple go to see. but if you ven­ture on to the upper lakes, you will be blessed with more spec­tac­u­lar views. Beau­ti­ful green lakes and rugged ter­rain makes this a clas­sic half day hike or overnight camp­ing.

Mina pos­es for the cam­era
These water­falls are run­ning at full capac­i­ty

The lakes over­flow into the trails that is caus­ing the mud­dy trails you will encounter and the last part of the trail to the camp­site is most­ly under water. Even the entrance to the camp­site was under­wa­ter.

water­falls are amaz­ing

If you don’t like to camp where camp­fires are not allowed, this is one of those places to stay away from. The ter­rain is mud­dy, rooty, packed and rock falls. The trail dis­ap­pears in the rock falls but there are lots of cairns to show you the way

Just won­der­ful views

To note that there are only 4 tent pads and only one camp site for Geral­dine Lakes. So book ear­ly at the Parks infor­ma­tion build­ing in Jasper. The site is equipped with two pic­nic tables and a bear pole to string up your food.

Lakes are cold and refresh­ing

There was Hoary Mar­mots and Por­cu­pines spot­ted on this par­tic­u­lar hike. If you are an expe­ri­enced camper in the rock­ies, you know what Por­cu­pines like, so don’t leave your items lay­ing around.

When the lakes are full the trail is mud­dy

Access: Geraldine/Fryatt Road (31km from Jasper)

From Jasper: Approx­i­mate­ly 25 min­utes dri­ve

Park­ing: Yes

Trail­head: 6km up a fire road to park­ing lot

Dis­tance: 6 Kilo­me­ters, approx. 3 — 4 hours

Ele­va­tion Gain: approx. 600m

Activ­i­ties: Hik­ing / Camp­ing