Patricia Lake is notable for its involvement during World War II with Project Habbakuk—a plan to build an unsinkable aircraft carrier from an ice-based composite material termed “Pykrete”, composed of 14% sawdust/wood pulp/paper and 86% ice by weight. In 2009, the MythBusters built a full-size boat out of the super pykrete, and subjected it to real-world conditions. Though the boat managed to float and stay intact at speeds of up to 23 miles per hour (37 km/h), it quickly began to spring leaks as the boat slowly melted. After twenty minutes the boat was deteriorating, and the experiment was ended. Though the boat worked, it would be highly impractical for the original myth, which claimed that an entire aircraft carrier could be built out of pykrete. For the history, there is a plaque placed underwater at the site noting its part in WWII history.
Patricia Lake is one of the many easily accessible lakes in Jasper National Park. Fly fishing, swimming, canoeing, kayaking, boating, horseback riding, biking and hiking are extremely popular in summer. Snorkeling and scuba diving are possible for history enthusiasts. Patricia Lake Bungalows built next to the lake shore offers various styles of accommodations: rustic log cabin, cottage, chalet suite, etc. Outdoor firepits and a hot tub are also available in the resort.
Map and Driving Direction
Exact location of Patricia Lake is indicated by Green Arrow on the following map (click EXTERNAL LINK below to view map) or check Icefields Parkway Travel Guide.