Pyramid and Patricia Lakes, Jasper National Park


The town of Jasper sits at the apex of a giant letter Y, with valleys stretching out to the northwest and northeast (Highway 16) and to the south (the Icefields Parkway, Highway 93).  Forming a rocky centerpiece for the entire area, Pyramid Mountain rises above the town of Jasper, filling in the top of the Y with a distinctive peak.  From town, if you drive north, towards the pyramid, you’ll find two small mountain lakes: Pyramid Lake and Patricia Lake.

I drove up to the lakes as Day 8 was drawing to a close.  The sun was already low in the sky to the west, which meant it wasn’t the best time of the day for photographs — but it was still worth the trip up the hill.

From downtown Jasper, turn west on Cedar Avenue.  It will turn into Pyramid Avenue, and then, Pyramid Lake Road.

Pyramid Lake Road comes to Patricia Lake first, but it just skirts the northeastern edge, and there’s not a lot to see here.  Continue on, and Pyramid Lake is just a short distance away.

When you reach Pyramid Lake, you’ll drive past Coast Pyramid Lake Resort.  The resort has rooms starting at around $160 a night (check the resort’s website for current prices), as well as a restaurant.

Best of all, the resort offers canoe and kayak rentals, so you can spend some time on the water…

… or just relaxing on the dock, admiring Pyramid Mountain.

I should have gone back up to Pyramid Lake after sunrise on Day 9, when the lighting would have been better.  But, I had a lot of driving to do, and a lot to see as I headed down the Icefields Parkway, so I skipped the return trip.

Drivelapse Video

Here’s the time-lapse dash-cam video of the drive up the hill to Pyramid Lake, then back to town:

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