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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.