Pyramid Lake Resort: Your Ultimate Winter Escape to Jasper

Last Updated on July 31, 2021

If you are looking for the ultimate destination to escape to for a wonderful winter getaway, look no further than Pyramid Lake Resort.  Pyramid Lake resort is located within Jasper National Park in Alberta, Canada and is situated on the beautiful Pyramid Lake. Prepare yourself for gorgeous lake views with the beautiful Pyramid Mountain towering in the background. The Pyramid Lake Resort offers recently renovated cozy chalet style rooms, with direct access to nature right at your doorstep.

If you are planning on going on a winter getaway in the Canadian Rocky Mountains, combining a trip to Jasper with a trip to Banff makes for an unforgettable experience. Make sure you don’t miss out on the best things to do in Banff and Jasper in winter.

Pyramid Island on Pyramid Lake in Jasper in Fall

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Pyramid Lake Resort Location

Perhaps not surprising based on its name, Pyramid Lake Resort is located on the shores of the beautiful Pyramid Lake, which is just under 4 miles (6 km) north of downtown Jasper, Alberta. Jasper is a small town of less than 5,000 people located in the heart of one of Canada’s most beautiful national parks, Jasper National Park. If you are visiting Jasper in winter, don’t miss out on these best things to do in Jasper in winter. Pyramid Lake Resort is about a 10-minute drive along the aptly named Pyramid Lake Road.

Elk in Jasper National Park

It is not uncommon to see lots of wildlife on the drive. As you arrive at Pyramid Lake Resort, the peak of Pyramid Mountain dominates the skyline and tranquil Pyramid Lake beckons to be explored.

Pyramid Lake Resort – Everything You Need to Know

The beauty of Pyramid Lake Resort is that have all the luxuries of a resort setting, while still feeling like you are out enjoying nature. And that’s because you actually are! Being located in Jasper National Park, there is hardly anything else around, meaning you really are staying out in nature. You can go hiking, snowshoeing, kayaking, or canoeing right outside your room, depending on the season. Check availability at Pyramid Lake Resort!

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Pyramid Lake Resort Setting

The Pyramid Lake Resort is situated in the south-east corner of Pyramid Lake, along Pyramid Lake Road. The resort has chalet-style rooms that are located in multiple buildings on the hill above the main building where you check-in, dine at the Pines restaurant, and where all the amenities are located. There are parking areas in front of each of the buildings, allowing you to park close to your room.

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It’s just a short walk down the small hill from your room to the main building, and then a skip across the road to shores of beautiful Pyramid Lake. You can enjoy the views of Pyramid Lake and Pyramid Island with no interruptions from other hotels or houses as Pyramid Lake Resort is the only accommodation at Pyramid Lake Resort, making it a very tranquil setting.

Pyramid Lake Resort Rooms

The rooms at Pyramid Lake Resort range from standard rooms to larger loft suites that also include kitchens that allow you to cook your own meals. One of the great benefits of staying at Pyramid Lake Resort is that all rooms include Keurig coffee machines for your morning fix, balconies to sit and take in the sunrise, and a gas fireplace – perfect for relaxing after a long day of exploring Jasper National Park.

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All of the rooms at Pyramid Lake Resort have a clean contemporary style, and feature touches of Canadiana throughout for the perfect Canadian Rockies chalet vibes.

If you love traveling with your furry family members, Pyramid Lake Resort also offers pet-friendly rooms.

Pyramid Lake Resort Activities

We visited Pyramid Lake Resort in winter, but they offer a number of amenities year-round as well as those tailored to specific seasons. No matter when you visit, you will have access to the outdoor hot tub, dry sauna, and exercise room. One of our favorite activities is to soak in a warm outdoor hot tub while the snow is falling!

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Basically, the summer activities listed below will be available in late spring and early fall as well, when there is no snow. Once the snow starts flying in late fall and into early spring, the winter activities are more applicable for your visit.

Summer at Pyramid Lake Resort

If you are visiting during the summer months you can rent a kayak, canoe, paddle boat, or electric cruiser boat and head out to explore Pyramid Lake. The lake is larger than it appears from Pyramid Lake Resort as the lake is in a large “C” shape, with the resort being located in the bottom right-hand corner. Be sure to get up early on at least one day of your stay to take in a calm and mirror-lake Pyramid Lake as the sun rises!

Summer Rentals and Activities Price Guide

Mountain Bike: $20 CAD per hour or $45 per day

Rowboat: $40 CAD per hour

Canoe: $40 CAD per hour

Kayak: $40 CAD per hour

Paddle Boat: $45 CAD per hour

Electric Family Cruiser Boat: $109 CAD per hour

All around the resort are trails for mountain biking, walking, hiking, or trail running. There is an endless supply, surely to keep you busy during your visit.

One of the most popular trails is the Pyramid Lake Loop Trail, which is used year-round for all kinds of outdoor activities. Expect beautiful vistas of Pyramid Lake and Pyramid Mountain.

Length/Time: 3.5 miles (5.6 km) loop, takes 2-3 hours. The

Hours: Open 24 hours a day.

Facilities: There are washrooms at the various trailheads around Pyramid Lake and at Pyramid Lake Resort.

Cost: No additional cost. You would have paid a Jasper National Park entry fee to get here.

Location: Pyramid Lake Loop Trailhead

Winter at Pyramid Lake Resort

During the winter months Pyramid Lake Resort turns into a magical wonderland destination for the ultimate winter escape.  The resort offers horse drawn sleigh rides as well as snowshoe, ice skate, and fat bike rentals. Due to its location right on the shores of Pyramid Lake, the winter ice skating, and trails for snowshoeing and fat biking are all located just outside your doorstep.

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Winter Rentals and Activities Price Guide

Snowshoe Rental: $10 CAD per hour

Ice Skate Rental: $10 CAD per hour

Fat Bike Rental: $18 CAD per hour or $30 CAD for a half day

Sleigh Rides: $30 CAD per person

Due its location just outside of the town of Jasper, in the winter low season you can enjoy this peaceful slice of nature with hardly any one else around. During the summer, many visitors come to see Pyramid Lake and Pyramid Island, but there are far fewer travelers during the winter months.

If you are ready to book your trip to Jasper, check availability at Pyramid Lake Resort!

Pyramid Island

Pyramid Lake Island Bridge

We couldn’t talk about Pyramid Lake without mentioning the incredible Pyramid Island. This small little island has become an iconic photo location in Jasper and Alberta due to its jaw-dropping setting and long pedestrian bridge to access the island. There is a small shelter and a few benches to enjoy a picnic lunch on the island.

It is a perfect place to go for a walk and spend a few hours. The little island can get quite busy in summer. If you are planning to visit in the summer months, make sure you get here early in the morning or later in the evening as parking is limited.

Other Activities in Jasper

While you would be forgiven for wanting to spend your whole stay at Pyramid Lake Resort and taking in the natural beauty that surrounds the resort, you may also want to venture further afield to discover more of Jasper National Park. There are so many great activities and things to see here, there is surely something to fit everyone’s taste.

Pyramid Lake in Jasper in Winter

Best Winter Activity: Maligne Canyon Icewalk

If you are visiting Pyramid Lake Resort and Jasper National Park in winter, you definitely need to check out the Maligne Canyon Icewalk tours. You will be taken on a guided tour through Maligne Canyon and will get to see some spectacular frozen waterfalls. For more in-depth information on the Maligne Canyon Icewalk, check out our blog post featuring the best things to do in Jasper in winter.

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The Maligne Canyon Icewalk was a highlight of our trip to Jasper National Park in winter!

Best Summer Activity: Maligne Lake Cruise

When you are visiting Jasper National Park in summer, one of the top attractions is to see the beautiful Maligne Lake. The lake is actually quite inaccessible, and so taking the Maligne Lake Cruise is one of the best ways to explore the lake, take in the mountain views, and see the iconic Spirit Island.

If you have more time to spend in the Canadian Rocky Mountains, be sure to check out nearby Banff National Park which has amazing activities in to enjoy Banff in fall and Banff in winter. Alternatively, the nearby town of Canmore is becoming more and more popular as an outdoors hotspot.

Most Frequently Asked Questions About Pyramid Lake Resort in Jasper

How Far is Pyramid Lake Resort from Jasper?

Pyramid Lake Resort is just under 4 miles (6 km) north of downtown Jasper, Alberta and it takes about 10 minutes to drive.

Is There a Restaurant at Pyramid Lake Resort?

Yes! The restaurant located at Pyramid Lake Resort is called The Pines, which offers breakfast, lunch, and dinner using locally sourced ingredients and dinner. The hours of The Pines Restaurant are seasonal, so be sure to check their website prior to your stay.

What’s great is that you can enjoy a deliciously crafted meal focusing on fine Alberta ingredients and not have to drive anywhere to get there. And once you’re done, it’s a short walk to your room or a romantic stroll along the lake to watch the sunset.

For a truly unique experience, The Pines offers a Stargazers Lakeside Dinner package during certain days in February through April. You will be treated to a special three-course meal and then head out onto the frozen shores of Pyramid Lake for stargazing with powerful telescopes. Jasper National Park is one of the world’s largest dark sky preserves, which means the stargazing opportunities are incredible.

Can You Swim in Pyramid Lake?

You can absolutely swim in Pyramid Lake, but you are being warned that it will be cold! Just like all other lakes in the Canadian Rocky Mountains, the lakes are fed with ice cold glacier water. They are beautiful to look at but cold anytime of the year, however a quick dip can be very refreshing in the summer months.

How Do You Get to Pyramid Island?

Driving from Jasper, take Connaught Drive/Highway 16A northeast for about 10 minutes. Once you get to the Pyramid Lake Resort, turn left and continue on Pyramid Lake Road for another 1 mile (1.5 km) and you will see the parking lot and Pyramid Island on your left side.

How Big is Pyramid Lake?

Pyramid Lake has a total area of 0.46 square miles or 1.2 km2 and is one of the smaller lakes in Alberta.

Have You Been to Pyramid Lake Resort in Jasper, Alberta?

Have you been to Pyramid Lake or Pyramid Lake Resort before? Which season did you visit and how did you like it? Let us know in the comments!

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