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2 hours to Half Day Time to Spend

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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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The second-largest glacier-fed lake in the world, Maligne Lake enchants travelers with its brilliant turquoise waters and stunning skylines. Anyone who wants to trek to Maligne Lake should take the time to visit the lake's Spirit Island as well, which is one of the most famous views of the Canadian Rockies in the world. The lake sits east of the Icefields Parkway in the southern portion of the park, and travelers can access the area with their own car, in an excursion bus or even as part of a motorcycle tour. (To book a motorcycle tour, check out the Jasper Motorcycle Tours website.) Once at the lake, visitors can take advantage of a variety of tours and excursions, or just explore the area independently.

Past visitors recommended bringing a camera to capture photos of the beautiful scenery – many note there are numerous photo opportunities. However, recent travelers also warned that both the cruise and nonmotorized watercraft rentals come at a steep price.

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