The beauty about Jasper is that we have so many outdoor options, no snow? Well, biking is still an option. The labyrinth of trails makes it easy to pick one trail and switch your route at multiple intersection according to your whim.
We wanted to check out the new paved path along lake annette and from Old Fort Point to Jasper Park Lodge and we were not disappointed, nice work Parks Canada! The path made for everyone even wheelchair accessible, this section starts or ends at the beach of lake Annette on the Quicksand side of the lake.
The few trails we took on this trek afforded us with some spectacular views and some wildlife too. This route is also rated easy, not, too much up hills, mostly rolling terrain.
So get out and explore these trails while they are still in great condition. We had ran into a small section of mud between Lake Annette to Fifth Bridge, so avoid if you can, but the weather this week is quite dry so the trail might be dry by then. Have fun.
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.
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.
Spectacular view right from the start of the trail.
Few summits in the park can match Mount Edith Cavell’s jagged beauty. A small powder blue melt water lake and beautiful Angel Glacier is easily reached by a short self guiding trail at the foot of s the mountain’s north wall.
Or take a tour with one of the links below for a full interpretive tour. The trail winds its way through the mass of boulders, rubble, sand and rock flour formed by the grinding and wearing of the rocks around the glacier tongue.
Another longer trail leads to picturesque Cavell Meadows. Neighboring Dune Wall is a great multi-pitch climbing area. Just up the road is the starting point for the Tonquin Valley trails. The road is open in the summer only.
Winter, the road turns into a ski trail. Spend a few days at Cavell Hostel to enjoy super cross-country ski touring at its maximum.
Access: Hwy 93A — after the South park gates follow signs to Edith Cavell Road.
Many come here to picnic, Bar-b-q, play Frisbee or just soaking up the rays as the sun really hits this area. If you are lucky you might see the Ospreys (bird of prey) hunt for their food, they are known to frequent the area as I can attest to. Watching them dive into the water and pulling out something you brag about after your fishing trip, is something to behold.
Wild life is of abundance, as food attracts animals (please do not feed animals), some get too close for comfort as these are wild animals and very unpredictable. Some animals include Whitetail deer, Mule deer, Bears and Elk. There is also a catacomb of hiking trails that originates from this area. The Parks Information Centre can supply you with free maps.
Boards are available to rent these days in Jasper.
A day use area with plenty of thing to do, as this a large area with open spaces developed for everyone to enjoy the park beach setting like you would find like the parks in your city (Not), This setting comes with a gorgeous view from the valley bottom. Panoramic views of the majestic Rocky Mountains that Surrounds Lake Annette. Take a walk around this glacial fed lake and appreciate the wilderness without getting to far into the back country.
This area is for day use only and the wardens will put out your fire if you stay too late, something I do not agree with, but there are vandals that make it bad for everyone. Please keep area clean for everyone to enjoy.
Access: From Jasper head towards The Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge, just before the JPL welcome gates, turn left Parking: Yes
Trailhead: 5 minutes east of Jasper on HWY 16, 5 minutes lodge road
Activities: Canoe / Fishing / Wind Sailing / Bar-b-q / Day Use