Pyramid Lake

Pyramid Lake is a lake in Jasper National Park at the foot of Pyramid Mountain.

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The kidney-shaped lake, which covers an area of 1.2 square kilometres, flows into the Athabasca River via 2 kilometre long Pyramid Creek.

Pyramid Lake Resort is located on the southeast point of the lake. I stayed here for two nights back in July.

The resort offers canoe, kayak, paddleboat hire during the summer season.

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Jasper Skytram

Jasper Skytram is an aerial tramway that travels to Whistler’s Mountain in Jasper, Alberta.

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Jasper Skytram is the highest and longest aerial tramway in Canada. It travels up to an elevation of 2277 metres (7472 feet) above sea level.

The tram ride takes approximately 7 minutes. A tram operator will point out various landmarks on the way up. Each car can carry up to 30 passengers.

At the upper terminal there is a gift shop and the Summit Restaurant.

The views from the upper terminal are spectacular, but are even better at the summit of Whistler’s Mountain. The 1.4 km trail to the summit starts at the end of the upper terminal boardwalk.

Whistler’s Mountain is also the place to see the Hoary marmot. These ground squirrels are everywhere.

Jasper Skytram is approximately 8 kilometres from Jasper. The tram operates from mid March to late October.

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Parker Ridge Trail

The Parker Ridge Trail provides amazing views of the Saskatchewan Glacier.

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The full hike to the end of the trail is 5 kilometres (3 miles) return. I did observe that not all hikers walk right to the end of the trail.

There is a turquoise lake at the foot of Saskatchewan Glacier. Parker Ridge only provides a view of part of the glacier. The glacier is approximately 13 km (8.1 miles) in length and covers an area of approximately 30 square km (11.5 miles).

Parker Ridge is named after surveyor Herschel Clifford Parker.

The Parker Ridge Trail is located on the Icefields Parkway in northern Banff National Park. There is a parking area on the west side of Icefields Parkway at the 117 km mark or 4 km south of the boundary between Banff and Jasper parks.

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Lake Louise

Lake Louise is a glacial lake in Banff National Park.

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The lake, which is about 2.5 kilometres (1.5 miles) long and 90 metres (295 feet) deep has a pretty emerald colour in the summer. This is caused by the light refracting off the rock flour, which is deposited into the lake by the glacial melt.

Lake Louise is named after Princess Louisa Caroline Alberta, the fourth daughter of Queen Victoria, and the wife of Marquess of Lorne, the fourth Governor General of Canada.

The Stoney Nakota First Nations People named the lake Ho-Run-Num-Nay (Lake of the Little Fishes).

The Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise sits on the eastern shores of the lake. This hotel was opened by the Canadian Pacific Railway in 1911. My family had the buffet breakfast at Poppy Brassiere, the service and food were excellent.

Lake Louise is approximately 5 kilometres (3.1 miles) west of Lake Louise village.

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Consolation Lakes

Consolation Lakes are 3 kilometres southeast of Moraine Lake.

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This walk from Moraine Lake to Consolation Lakes begins at Moraine Lake carpark, near the Rockpile Trail. Click here to read my post on Moraine Lake and the Rockpile Trail.

At the beginning of the trail you will need to cross a rockpile at the bottom of the Tower of Babel. So sturdy footwear is needed. Also due to bear activity in the area hikers are required to travel in at least a group of four and close together.

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After this majority of the trail is in a forested area that follows the Babel Creek. When I walked in the summer there was some snow / icy sludge to cross between the rockpile and the start of the track in the forest.

Just before the Lower Consolation Lake the tracks opens to a large meadow and wetland area. Beyond this is a massive boulder field below Mount Babel. You will need to climb over the boulders to get a proper view of the lake

I turned around at the Lower Lake after climbing over the massive boulders. To reach the Upper Lake you will need to cross the Babel Creek and follow the eastern shoreline.

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Moraine Lake

Moraine Lake is a glacial lake in Banff National Park.

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The vehicle road to Lake Moraine has closed for the winter season and will reopen mid to late May 2018. This post is based around my visit during summer 2017.

The lake is 14 kilometres (8.7 miles) outside Lake Louise Village and located in the Valley on Ten Peaks.

Its famous blue-green colour is a result of light refracting off the fine particles of rock from the glacier run off, which flows into the lake. This vibrant colour usually peaks in late June.

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One of the walks I did was the Moraine Lakeshore Trail begins near the canoe docks. It is a relatively flat hike that follows the western edge of the lake through a forested area crossing several streams.

There is a boardwalk at the southern end of the lake where a stream flows from the Wenkchemna Glacier.

It is approximately 1.2 km one way and you return back the way you came.

The more popular and shorter walk is the Rockpile Trail, which provides amazing views over the lake. The track is approximately 300 metres.

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