Annette Lake and Edith Lake





About Annette Lake & Edith Lake Jasper National Park, Alberta, Canada

Lake Annette & Lake Edith, known as kettle lakes, are the residuals of the lake that covered the entire Athabasca valley during the end of ice age. The lakes are fed by the extensive underground river system, from Medicine Lake : the same extensive system that causes the disappearing Medicine Lake and that made the Maligne Canyon. A quicksand filled pond, Ocher Lake is located at the north-east corner of Annette Lake. There are private cottages located on the Lake Edith lake front.

You may also like to visit Pyramid Lake , Patricia Lake, Maligne Lake.

What to do at Annette Lake & Edith Lake, Jasper ?

Things to do at Lake Annette & Lake Edith


Enjoy the blue-green lakes and take a stroll along the many trails that surround it.

Go swimming (bearable temperature ~ 16 – 18 deg. C on a hot summer day) or just wade in from the popular sandy beaches of Lake Annette and Lake Edith.

Picnic at the picnic spots.

Canoe or Kayak in the lake.

Enjoy fishing. National park license required. Bait banned.

Lake Annette – May 17 – September 1 & Lake Edith – July 1 – November 2. Verify from Parks Office – 780-852-6205.

View wildlife & birds near the wooded area of the lakes.

The lakes are popular scuba diving destinations in Jasper. (Open water certification sites).

Go biking along the trails (See Parks Canada Mountain biking guide).

Enjoy one of the most memorable star gazing experiences in the World during Jasper Dark Sky Festival – Stargazing: on Friday, October 21, 2016 | 8:00 PM to 11:00 PM – Free

Lake Annette & Lake Edith in Winter

Lake Annette road closed in winter. Not as popular a destination as Pyramid Lake or Mildred Lake.


There are several trails around the lakes to help one take a leisurely stroll and enjoy the scenery.

Lake Annette Loop – Clifford E. Lee Trail

This interpretive 2.4 km paved loop around Lake Annette is wheelchair accessible and has interpretive displays to help one understand the various sights and geology of Jasper. Biking not allowed.

Bighorn Alley

This 4.2 km hiking trail (biking) allows one to access the lakes from Jasper town. This trail follows the railway line, from the end of Jasper Discovery trail and then crosses the Highway 16 onto Maligne Road and then to the lakes parking area.

How to get to Annette Lake & Edith Lake in Jasper National Park?

Lake Annette & Lake Edith Directions & Location

Travel on highway 16 towards Edmonton from the town of Jasper. Take the first right to Maligne Lake Road. After the Moberly Bridge over Athabasca river, turn right to Old Lodge Road and then left onto Lake Annette Road. Follow signs to the parking lot.

Lake Edith is located north-east of Lake Annette. The picnic areas and parking lots are located in between the two lakes.

Check the Google map tab for detailed directions.

Seasonal Closures:

Lake Annette Road is closed seasonally : Check for updates

How much to enjoy the Lakes?

Free with National Park Admission.

When to visit Annette Lake & Edith Lake?

Year round. Best to visit from Late May to Early October.

Beyond the Stars – Stargazing for all ages during select days in October as part of Jasper Dark Sky Festival.

What about Amenities & Accessibility at Lake Annette & Lake Edith?

Picnic tables. Kitchen Shelters. Fire pits.

Play area. Public Telephone.

Boat Launch at Lake Edith.

Washrooms. Changing rooms.

Lake Annette Loop wheelchair accessible.

Cover Photo Credit : Steven Mackaay, License: Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0

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