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Vendors › Jasper & Hinton › Attractions & Tours › Driving Tours › Maligne Lake Road (winter)

Description provided by Editors

Jasper to Maligne Lake, 48 km / 30 mi, is popular for its beauty and wildlife watching opportunities. From town, take Yellowhead 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 turn right on Lodge Rd toward Fair-mont Jasper Park Lodge. Stroll the 3.4 km / 2.1 mi loop trail around Lac Beauvert, go ice skating or enjoy a drink in the lounge with sublime view. Return to Maligne Lake Rd and turn right. At Maligne Canyon Fifth Bridge the famous ice walk begins—some go on their own, but a guided tour is recommended. An interpretive trail parallels the canyon rim. The road then climbs to and runs alongside Medicine Lake 27 km / 16.7 mi from Jasper. Pullouts afford Maligne Range views and signs describe the drainage system that causes the lake to seasonally “disappear.” The road ends at mountain-ringed Maligne Lake, the largest glacier-fed lake in the Canadian Rockies and a popular destination for snowshoeing and cross-country skiing.

Map to Maligne Lake Road (winter)