Valley of the Five Lakes

Jasper National Park

Family-friendly loop with colorful lakes and a chance at spotting wildlife.

Hiking Easy

Distance
4.7 km
Ascent
128 m
Descent
128 m
Duration
1-2 hrs
Low Point
1.1 km
High Point
1.1 km
Gradient
Valley of the Five Lakes Map

This is an easily accessible and easily doable hike close to the town of Jasper and the campgrounds. It’s a great hike for families or anyone seeking a casual stroll in nature. It also makes a good fallback plan for a day with poor weather, because it is lower elevation and sheltered in the forest. Plus, views are of the lakes themselves rather than surrounding mountains that might be obscured. The area has multiple trails, giving various options for loops. Mapped here is a short loop that includes good viewpoints of all five lakes.

Description

Along the hike, you’ll experience pine forest, marshy areas, and five unique lakes that differ in size, shape, and color. You’ll likely see waterfowl, perhaps beavers, or–if you’re really lucky–a moose. Even though it’s close to town and the highway, there may be bears, so be sure to practice proper safety. The risk is generally lower here than most other places, however, because of the location and its popularity.

Sources: https://www.pc.gc.ca/en/pn-np/ab/jasper/activ/activ-experience/sentiers-trails/sud-south https://travelwiththesmile.com/blog/valley-of-the-five-lakes-jasper-national-park/

Difficulty

Easy

Walking along a well-kept trail that’s mostly flat. No obstacles are present.

Low Exposure

1 out of 4

The path is on completely flat land and potential injury is limited to falling over.

Remoteness

1 out of 4

Close to help in case of emergency.

Best time to visit

April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November

Features

  • Wildlife
  • Picturesque
  • Dog friendly
  • Wild flowers
  • Water features
  • Family friendly
  • Forestry or heavy vegetation

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