Jasper National Park sits in the Athabasca River Valley in Alberta, and it’s the largest national park in the Canadian Rockies. Although it’s lesser-known than the famous neighbour of Banff, Jasper is nothing short of breathtaking!
Horseshoe Lake is a true hidden gem accessible from the Icefields Parkway. It’s not a usual turquoise alpine lake with a mountain backdrop as you usually see in the Rockies. Horseshoe Lake has an emerald colour, and tall rock walls and a forest surround it.
Pyramid Lake with Pyramid Island in the middle is an iconic spot easily reachable from downtown Jasper. You can rent a bike in town and then ride to the lake. Jasper has excellent bike trail systems connecting trails around town and nearby lakes.
If you go hiking in Jasper National Park, I recommend Edith Cavell Meadows. You see a glacier, alpine lake, wildflowers, and even marmots. It’s a stunning place accessible for all, and you can choose how far to go based on your fitness level.