Jasper National Park has a lot of lakes – 1,762 of them to be exact. Of these, a mere 107 are named. Some are brilliant turquoise and have been photographed by millions. Some are remote surprises tucked behind the next mountain. Some are beachy, family-friendly havens. All have the potential to delight you.
Whether you’re seeking beauty, fun or adventure, Jasper’s lakes have enough variety that there’s something for everyone (start with these seven unforgettable lake-based activities). Here are a few favourite lakes in the national park.
18 Curator Lake
Location: In the backcountry, in the mountains slightly southwest of Medicine Lake. Accessible only by hiking more than 20 kilometres of rocky trail.
The Skyline Trail is one of Jasper National Park’s most beautiful multi-day backcountry trails, and Curator Lake is a beautiful gem around the halfway point. Depending on which direction you hike the trail, this peak-encircled lake will either precede or come after a four-kilometre ridge walk with panoramic views. Only hikeable in summer.