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Located just outside the township of Jasper, Jasper National Park, Alberta, Canada.
Nikon D300
Nikor 24-70mm lens

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Patricia Lake is notable for its involvement during World War Two with Project Habbakuk, a plan to build an unsinkable aircraft carrier from an ice-based composite material termed “Pykrete”.2

Initial studies of natural lake ice had been carried out at Lake Louise. In January 1943, Patricia Lake was chosen as the test site for building a prototype vessel.1 The planned vessel was to be 2,000 feet (600 m) long and the prototype was to be a 1:10 scale model of this. In actual fact, the beam was to approximately this scale, but the length was only 60 feet, about a third of scale.1

Patricia Lake was chosen for this work on account of having rail connections at Jasper and being a suitably cold, remote area that already had military training involvement in the area as camouflage. There were also Mennonite and Doukhobor communities nearby, religious conscientous objectors, who could provide the labour needed.1

Pykrete construction material for the full sized ship was to be a composite of ice and sawdust, maintained by refrigeration. The first experiments had used natural lake ice, in a Canadian winter. The model ship was to use plain ice, but partly natural and partly refrigerated. Construction proceeded through March 1943 by building a wooden cabin on the frozen lake, installing refrigeration equipment and a nest of 6 inch cold air ducts, and then increasing the height of the ice wall around the cabin. As weight increased, the bottom of the “hull” was sawn free from the lake ice and the model floated free.1 In June the refrigeration was switched off, but the model took the whole summer before melting and sinking.

A diving expedition to the site in 1985,1 found the remains of the model on a steep slope just off-shore, at a depth between 26 and 43 metres. Although the refrigeration equipment was removed before sinking, there remain the wooden walls of the hull, an “incredible jumble”1 of cold air ductwork and also a great quantity of the bitumen used as part of the insulation
named for its pyramid-like shape. James Hector named the mountain in 1859 due to its appearance from the Athabasca River valley on the eastern side of the peak.1

Pyramid mountain is part of the Victoria Cross Range in the Athabasca River Valley the mountain is in the major headwater for the Athabasca River. The peak is just under 10 km (6 mi) north-west of the town of Jasper.

Pyramid mountain is a relatively easy scramble on the eastern slopes. These slopes can be reached by following a steep fire road from the parking lot at Pyramid Lake, 4.5 km (3 mi) South-East of the peak.


  • rodeorose
    rodeoroseover 4 years ago


  • Wow……..that was quick !! So happy you enjoyed and I could share this one with you. Always appreciate your awesome comments and support. This was just the most beautiful of views. Thanks again !!

    – Sean Jansen

  • PS……thanks for the fave add as well Rosie : )

    – Sean Jansen

  • Carol Barona
    Carol Baronaover 4 years ago

    Oooh la la, this is fantabulous! Excellent capture, instant FAV!

  • Thank you so very kindly for your amazing comment Carol. So happy you enjoyed and added this one to your faves. Was holding out on this one till I felt a bit better lol. Appreciate your terrific comment once again !!

    – Sean Jansen

  • webbie
    webbieover 4 years ago

    Just Beautiful Sean…love the reflections ..awsome job:)

  • Thanks so very much Webbie for your lovely comment. SO happy I could share this one with you to enjoy. Greatly appreciated very much !!

    – Sean Jansen

  • gingermegs
    gingermegsover 4 years ago

    Excellent capture. Wow. Just love those reflections.:) Inst fav.

  • Thank you so very kindly Ginger for your awesome comment and fav add. So greatly appreciated and glad I could share this with you : ))

    – Sean Jansen

  • Vickie Emms
    Vickie Emmsover 4 years ago

    wow Sean, how did you get such a clear sky!!!
    This is so very beautiful, so much so, I will fave it!!

  • Thank you so very kindly Vickie for your fantastic comment and Fave add. So happy you enjoyed as you know this is such a beautiful view. Many thanks again !!

    – Sean Jansen

  • MaeBelle
    MaeBelleover 4 years ago

    WOW! Sean, this is so beautiful♥colors and reflections are magnificent, a fav..:o)) God Bless,Mae

  • Thanks so very much Maebelle for your beautiful and kind comment. Glad you enjoyed … is such a beautiful area to see with so many wonderful sights : )

    – Sean Jansen

  • Vickie Emms
    Vickie Emmsover 4 years ago

    pssssssssst, are you in the Canadiana reflection challenge (can’t recall seeing an entry)

  • Hi Vickie, yes I am actually. I had the first entry in the challenge but changed it to this : ))

    – Sean Jansen

  • George Lenz
    George Lenzover 4 years ago

    beautiful scenery… nicely done

  • Thank you so very kindly George for your awesome comment. Happy you enjoyed this capture. The view and area are just gorgeous !!

    – Sean Jansen

  • Poete100
    Poete100over 4 years ago

    My sister just recently went to Alberta on vaca…and she missed seeing this place on her last couple of vaca becauses it was too foggy to visit….glad you have this photo for me to see & now know why she wanted to see it so bad…Great shot Sean

  • Thank you Lorraine for your lovely comment. Yes the area can be foggy at times and sorry she didnt get to see this magnificent site. Happy you enjoyed and glad I got a great reflection that I could share. Many kind thanks again !!

    – Sean Jansen

  • shortshooter-Al
    shortshooter-Alover 4 years ago

    Awesome shot Sean.

  • Thank you so kindly Al for your terrific and kind comment. So happy I could get back in the swing of things afteer being ill for a month and happy you enjoyed. The reflection here was just amazing to see. Many thanks again !!

    – Sean Jansen

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