Jasper National Park : Valley of Five Lakes
Rocky Mountains : Alberta, Canada
The Valley of Five Lakes is a popular activity destination located in the Jasper National Park near the community of Jasper, Alberta, Canada. The lake trails are considered easy-going and relatively easy access trails exploring the shores of five small lakes surrounded by wetlands and meadows.
The Valley of Five Lakes is best accessed following Trail 9a. Combining trail 9a with 9b forms a very comfortable 4.3 kilometre loop route visiting with all five lakes. The trail is well maintained in most sections, well signed and sometimes muddy as you approach each lake in the loop. The route is popular for hiking, biking, birdwatching, picnicking and sightseeing.
The first kilometre of the Valley of Five Lakes Trail, Near Jasper, Alberta, Canada explores a forest of aspen and lodgepole pine trees before connecting to a wooden footbridge crossing over Wabasso Creek. From the footbridge there are some good views of the surrounding wetlands and possibly a beaver or moose sighting.
Continue on the trail as it explores a series of small ridges until it drops down out of the forest and opens up into a wildflower meadow. Not far ahead is the first lake to explore called Fifth Lake. Fifth Lake includes a small island popular for birds and, like the others, is an aqua green-blue color. There are boat rentals on the lake.
On your left as you approach Fifth Lake there are trail marker signs identifying the trail leading to the Fourth, Third and Second Lakes. The trail to look for to complete the loop route is 9b which is located in between the Second and First lakes. Continue on 9b back to the trailhead.
Other recreation trails in the region which can be accessed via the Valley of Five Lakes include the Old Fort Trail and the Wabasso Creek Trail.
How to Get to the Valley of Five Lakes
Travel to Main Street (Connaught Drive) in the community of Jasper, Alberta, Canada. Travel west on Main Street (Connaught Drive) in the community of Jasper, Alberta, Canada to the traffic lights on Highway 16. Travel straight through the lights and continue traveling south on Highway 93. The Valley of Five Lakes Trail is located at the 9 kilometre point on Highway #93.