Lake Annette and Lake Edith

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Lake Annette and Lake Edith
Lake Annette and Lake Edith
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Beaches, Hiking, Recreation, Free Type
2 hours to Half Day Time to Spend
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  • 4.0Facilities
  • 4.0Atmosphere

Situated across the Athabasca River and just north of downtown Jasper, lakes Annette and Edith are great spots for a leisurely jaunt or a full-fledged adventure. Travelers can spend a day picnicking and grilling, relaxing in the park's signature red Adirondack chairs and hiking the various trails.

Recent travelers were surprised by the lakes' cerulean water. They recommended packing a camera for snapping photos along the area's primary hiking trail, the Annette Loop, which is paved and an excellent option for novice hikers. 

When the weather isn't frigid, travelers can even go for a swim or soak up the sun from one of the lakes' beaches. Canoeing and kayaking are also allowed on the lake; visitors can rent equipment in town or from the Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge Boathouse, which is located south of the lakes. Fishing is also permitted, but a national park license is required. The lakes are accessible via a spur road off of Yellowhead Highway, and free parking is available between the two bodies of water. The area is free to visit and accessible 24/7. 

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