May 26, 2012: one of the five lakes
Valley of the Five Lakes in Jasper National Park is a very popular trail for hiking and mountain biking. The parking lot at the trail head is frequently full, probably due to its vicinity to Jasper Townsite. The lakes are blue green (emerald) coloured. Very scenic. Each lake has its unique taste and personality!!! :D
May 26, 2012: Valley of Five Lakes Trail Map. You can either take the short loop or long circuit. Both trails take you to all the five lakes.
May 26, 2012: Crossing this bridge in the valley to get to five lakes.
First Lake (Lone Island Lake)
May 26, 2012: First Lake at south shore, looking toward north. It's a great lake for canoeing and kayaking. There is an island in the middle of the lake!!!
Second Lake (Lovers Lake)
May 26, 2012: Second Lake may not be as impressive as the others; however, it has a heart shape—a great location to pop the proposal question to your lover?! ♥ ♥ ♥ You get the idea. :D
Third Lake (Visitors Lake)
May 26, 2012: Third Lake is the most photographed lake among the five, due to its scenic surroundings with rustic rocks, wild flowers, and open field. It is certainly visitors favourite.
May 26, 2012: Sitting on a giant rock next to Third Lake.
May 26, 2012: Third Lake at north shore, looking toward south.
May 26, 2012: Third Lake at south shore, looking toward north.
Fourth Lake (Haunted Lake; Sunk Boat Lake)
May 26, 2012: Fourth Lake is an interesting lake, because it has two sunk boats at the bottom of the lake—a great location for swimming and snorkeling?!?! Rumors say at nightfall when the sky is completely dark, occasional sightings of floating ghost boats are reported.
May 26, 2012: Fourth Lake
Fifth Lake (Secluded Lake)
May 26, 2012: Fifth Lake at north shore, looking toward south. It's also a great lake for canoeing and kayaking. The only way to get to the south shore of Fifth Lake is via row boat, canoe, or kayak. There isn't any foot trail going around the lake! This could potentially be a romantic secluded getaway for couples. :D The canoes in the photo are chain locked; I'm not sure which resort or hotel has the key to the lock. I doubt they're personal canoes due to the distance of transport from trailhead to this lake.
Exact location of Valley of 5 Lakes trail head (parking lot) is indicated by Green Arrow on the following map (click EXTERNAL LINK below to view map) or check Icefields Parkway Travel Guide.