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.
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.
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
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.