Horseshoe Lake

Jasper Town & Around

This idyllic, blue-green horseshoe-shaped lake just off the Icefields Pkwy is missed by many visitors, making a stopover here all the more alluring. A choice spot for a bracing summer swim or a short stroll around the perimeter, the lake is surrounded by steep cliffs and is frequented by cliff divers. It's probably safer to watch than join in.

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Nearby Jasper Town & Around attractions

1. Athabasca Falls

2.44 MILES

Despite being only 23m high, Athabasca Falls is Jasper’s most dramatic and voluminous waterfall, a deafening combination of sound, spray and water. The…

2. Mt Edith Cavell

8.35 MILES

Rising like a snowy sentinel over Jasper Town, Mt Edith Cavell (3363m) is one of the park’s most distinctive and physically arresting peaks. What it lacks…

3. Rest Stop

8.97 MILES

Pause at this picnic area on the east side of the road between Medicine Lake and Maligne Lake and watch for bears and mountain goats.

4. Mary Schäffer Lookout

10.1 MILES

Mary Schäffer was the first non-indigenous woman to travel through much of the Jasper region – this lookout gives you a glimpse of the scenery she loved…

5. Maligne Lake

10.73 MILES

Almost 50km from Jasper at the end of a stunning road that bears its name, 22km-long Maligne Lake is the recipient of a lot of hype. It's the largest lake…

6. Medicine Lake

11.78 MILES

A geological rarity, Medicine Lake is perhaps best described as an intermittent lake with a porous bottom that functions rather like a bathtub without a…

7. Sunwapta Falls

14.73 MILES

Meaning 'turbulent water' in the native language of the Stoney First Nations, the 18m Sunwapta Falls formed when the glacial meltwaters of the Sunwapta…

8. Lac Beauvert

15.13 MILES

Dominated by the Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge and golf course just east of town, crystal-clear Lac Beauvert (literally ‘beautiful green’ in French) is as…