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Jasper to Maligne Lake, 48 km / 30 mi, is popular for its natural beauty, wildlife and outdoor activities. From town, take Hwy 16 2 km / 1.2 mi east; elk and bighorn sheep often graze roadside. Turn right at Maligne Rd, cross the Athabasca River and go right on Lodge Rd. At Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge walk the 1.5 km / 0.9 mi loop around aquamarine Lac Beauvert, rent a bike or boat, go horseback riding or enjoy a drink on the terrace with a sublime view. On the return to Maligne Lake Rd, stop at Lake Annette; walk the paved lakeside path, picnic and enjoy the beach where locals swim on hot afternoons. Turn right on Maligne Lake Rd; pull in at Maligne Canyon 5th Bridge or restaurant to see the 50 m / 165 ft deep chasm along interpretive trails with six footbridges. Cross two bridges during the 15-min stroll between the 5th Bridge and the restaurant. Maligne Lake Rd then climbs to and parallels Medicine Lake 32 km / 19 mi from Jasper; pullouts offer Maligne Range views and signs describe the drainage system that causes the lake to seasonally “disappear.” The road ends at mountain-ringed and glacier-fed Maligne Lake, the largest natural body of water in the Canadian Rockies; cruise to Spirit Island. There’s walking, boat rentals, fishing, dining and shopping. For a challenging but rewarding hike, try Opal Hills loop or Bald Hills trail.