In the shadow of imposing Pyramid Mountain is a picturesque lake and one of the highlights of Jasper National Park. The tranquil setting of Pyramid Lake is popular with families and nature lovers for its excellent views and picnic areas. Choose from the many hiking trails that depart from the town of Jasper and pass through the scenic terrain of Jasper National Park.
Note how the lake, which has an area of around 300 acres (121 hectares), is shaped like a kidney. Gaze up at the rocky peaks to the northwest that include Pyramid Mountain, Mount Kinross and Cairngorm. In winter, capture photos of the scenic blend of green forests and snow-capped mountains reflected in the placid water.
Follow hiking paths through woodland to appreciate the serenity of this natural setting. When at their largest, the imposing Douglas fir trees that can be found throughout the national park have a trunk diameter of around 3.3 feet (1 meter). Spot elk, deer, moose and even black and grizzly bears among the wildlife. Gaze up to the skies for barred owl, Barrow’s goldeneye and the pied-billed grebe.
Climb Pyramid Mountain for sweeping views of the sparkling lake and the surrounding countryside. Enjoy a picnic with your family at one of the many designated areas around the lake’s shores.
Rent a kayak, canoe or paddleboat from the Pyramid Lake Resort to take out on the water. Mountain biking, skating, and cross-country skiing equipment is also available. Embark on a guided horseback trip from the Jasper Riding Stables. Follow the Saturday Night Loop that runs alongside lakes, ponds and trees for 17 miles (29 kilometers) for a great overview of the park.
Learn about the secret battleship made of ice that lies beneath the lake’s surface. The construction was part of a 1940s wartime project to build an unsinkable ship, but plans were scrapped due to rising costs.
Pyramid Lake is just to the west of the Athabasca River in the heart of the Jasper National Park, approximately 10 minutes drive north of Jasper. The park is open daily; the visitor center is open during business hours. A fee applies for admission to the park and on-site parking lots can be found throughout the national park. Pass Jasper Park Lodge, Riley Lake and Patricia Lake on your way here.
Located near the slopes, this Jasper hotel is in the mountains and within 1 mi (2 km) of Icefields Parkway, Jasper National Park, and Jasper Activity Centre. Jasper-Yellowhead Museum and Archives and Jasper Municipal Library are also within 15 minutes.
Located near the slopes, this Jasper hotel is in the mountains and within 1 mi (2 km) of Icefields Parkway, Jasper National Park, and Jasper Artists Guild. Jasper Information Centre National Historic Site and Jasper Municipal Library are also within 15 minutes.
Situated on a lake, this eco-friendly hotel is steps from Icefields Parkway and Jasper National Park. Patricia Lake and Pyramid Lake are also within 1 mi (2 km).
Located near the slopes, this Jasper hotel is in the mountains, within 1 mi (2 km) of Icefields Parkway and Jasper National Park, and close to winter sports such as cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. Jasper Activity Centre and Jasper Information Centre National Historic Site are also within 1 mi (2 km).
Situated in Jasper, this spa hotel is steps from Icefields Parkway and Jasper National Park. Jasper Activity Centre and Jasper-Yellowhead Museum and Archives are also within 15 minutes.
Located in spectacular Jasper National Park, this lakefront lodge is surrounded by the rugged peaks of the Canadian Rockies; the Marmot Basin ski-and-snowboarding area is 18 km (about 11 mi) away.
This family-friendly Jasper hotel is located in a national park, just steps from Icefields Parkway and Jasper National Park. Jasper-Yellowhead Museum and Archives and Jasper Information Centre National Historic Site are also within 15 minutes.
Marmot Lodge, nestled in the heart of Jasper National Park, is 2.5 miles from Lake Annette, and 3 miles from both Lac Beauvert and Lake Edith.