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Pyramid Lake

Cycle along nature paths and marvel at the diverse wildlife and thick forest that surrounds this tranquil lake in the Jasper National Park.

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.


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Lodging Near Pyramid Lake

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$118
Pyramid Lake Resort

Pyramid Lake Resort

5 Km North On Pyramid Lake Road, Jasper
4.1
of 5, from 968 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

Situated on a lake, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Patricia Lake and Pyramid Lake. Jasper Activity Centre and Jasper-Yellowhead Museum and Archives are also within 6 mi (10 km).

$76
Chateau Jasper

Chateau Jasper

96 Geikie Street, Jasper
3.9
of 5, from 1,135 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Situated in Jasper, this spa hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Jasper Activity Centre, Jasper-Yellowhead Museum and Archives, and Jasper Municipal Library. Jasper Information Centre National Historic Site and Jasper Artists Guild are also within 1 mi (2 km).

$111
Tonquin Inn

Tonquin Inn

100 Juniper Street, Jasper
3.4
of 5, from 936 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

Located near the slopes, this Jasper hotel is in the mountains and within 1 mi (2 km) of Jasper Activity Centre, Jasper-Yellowhead Museum and Archives, and Jasper Municipal Library. Jasper Information Centre National Historic Site and Jasper Artists Guild are also within 1 mi (2 km).

$106
Sawridge Inn Jasper

Sawridge Inn Jasper

76 Connaught Dr, Jasper
4.1
of 5, from 1,185 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Located near the slopes, this Jasper hotel is in the mountains and within 1 mi (2 km) of Jasper Activity Centre, Jasper Information Centre National Historic Site, and Jasper-Yellowhead Museum and Archives. Jasper Municipal Library and Jasper Artists Guild are also within 1 mi (2 km).

$116
Mount Robson Inn

Mount Robson Inn

902 Connaught Drive, Jasper
3.9
of 5, from 1,152 reviews
2.5 out of 5.0

Located near the slopes, this Jasper hotel is in the mountains and within 1 mi (2 km) of Jasper Artists Guild, Jasper Information Centre National Historic Site, and Jasper Municipal Library. Jasper-Yellowhead Museum and Archives and Jasper Activity Centre are also within 15 minutes.

$121
Whistler's Inn

Whistler's Inn

105 Miette Ave, Jasper
3.8
of 5, from 731 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

Located near the slopes, this Jasper hotel is in the mountains and within 1 mi (2 km) of Jasper Artists Guild, Jasper Information Centre National Historic Site, and Jasper Municipal Library. Jasper-Yellowhead Museum and Archives and Jasper Activity Centre are also within 15 minutes.

$108
Maligne Lodge

Maligne Lodge

912 Connaught Drive, Jasper
3.5
of 5, from 782 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Located near the slopes, this Jasper hotel is in the mountains and within 1 mi (2 km) of Jasper Artists Guild, Jasper Information Centre National Historic Site, and Jasper Municipal Library. Jasper-Yellowhead Museum and Archives and Jasper Activity Centre are also within 1 mi (2 km).

$116
Best Western Jasper Inn & Suites

Best Western Jasper Inn & Suites

98 Geikie Street, Jasper
3.8
of 5, from 764 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

Situated in a national park, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Jasper Activity Centre, Jasper-Yellowhead Museum and Archives, and Jasper Municipal Library. Jasper Information Centre National Historic Site and Jasper Artists Guild are also within 1 mi (2 km).