The Mary Schaaffer Loop in Jasper National Park is an easy stroll along the shore of Maligne Lake to a beautiful viewpoint.
From the parking lot, head down to the shore of the lake and turn left. Pass the boathouse and make your way through the least know picnic area in the park. The trail follows the shore for 1km to a viewpoint with benches and interpretive panels about Mary Schaffer and her friends.
Leaving the viewpoint the trail turns left and heads into the woods to close the loop in another 2.2km. Near the end you will pass two quick trail junctions on your right. The first is the trail to the Opal Hills and the second would lead you to the upper parking lot. Keep left at both junctions and follow the trail back down to the lake shore near the boathouse.
The boathouse, which was built by legendary Jasper guide Donald "Curly" Phillips in 1929 and designated a provincial historic building, has boat, canoe, fishing gear and fishing guides for rent.
Parks Canada produces a day hiking guide of this and many other trails in the park called "Summer Trails" which is available for free from the Jasper Information Centre in the Jasper townsite and the parks desk in the Columbia Icefield Centre.
Submitted by 'mtncat'.
From the town of Jasper drive east for 2km on Hwy 16 and turn right on the Maligne Lake Road. Cross the bridge follow the Maligne Lake Road for 46km to the parking lots before the Maligne Lake Chalet. This parking lot has three levels but you=ll want to park as close to the water a possible.
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