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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/.9-mi loop around aquamarine Lac Beauvert, rent a bike or boat, go horseback riding (p 146) 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 (p 141). There’s walking, boat rentals, fishing, dining and shopping. For a challenging but rewarding hike, try Opal Hills loop or Bald Hills trail.