History + Heritage: A brief look at Pyramid Lake in Jasper National Park

    Pyramid Lake is a beautiful glacial lake located in Jasper National Park, Alberta. The lake is named for its distinct pyramid-shaped island, which is visible from the shore.

    The history of Pyramid Lake dates back to the last ice age, when glaciers carved out the landscape we see today. The glacial moraine that forms the dam for the lake was deposited by a receding glacier, and the pyramid-shaped island is actually an exposed section of this moraine.

    Over the millennia, Pyramid Lake has been home to many different peoples. The first inhabitants were likely nomadic hunter-gatherers, who would have used the lake as a seasonal campsite. Later, Indigenous peoples settled in the area and established more permanent communities.

    In the early 1900s, Euro-Canadian settlers began to arrive in the Jasper area. The lake became a popular recreation spot, and many cottages were built along its shores. Today, Pyramid Lake is a popular destination for both locals and tourists alike, and is known for its stunning scenery and abundant wildlife.


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