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PATRICIA LAKE
PATRICIA LAKE IN THE AUTUMN

 

 Patricia Lake - has a fascinating Second World War naval story to tell.   Believe It!!

As you stand before Patricia Lake it is hard to imagine the incredible top-secret project that was started here in September 1942.

German U-boats were sinking hundreds of allied ships that were trying to get supplies across to Great Britain. There was no plausible defence against the submarine marauders at the time. Aircraft Carriers were in short supply and were needed to fight Japanese, Italian and German naval forces. Mr Geoffrey Pike, Combined Operations advisor to Lord Mountbatten, suggested that new warships could be made from ice.

Someone came up with the craziest of ideas, build an unsinkable aircraft carrier out of ice. In other words build a gigantic, flat-topped iceberg hundreds of yards long. Just add a runway, guns, propulsion, crew quarters and an enormous refrigeration unit to keep the ice from melting and it is done.

A prototype was built on Patricia Lake in the Canadian Rockies and tested and it was determined that it would be expensive but entirely possible to build the iceberg ship! Breakthroughs in technology/strategy that destroyed many U-boats made the carrier unnecessary. Today scuba divers dive down onto the remains of the test facility that was built here.

 


An easy 10 minute drive above Jasper townsite
on Pyramid Lake Road brings you to this historic gem.


Downhill Bike Riding
For a lovely and easy bike riding experience, rent a bike at one of the bike shops in Jasper. Hire a taxi to drive you and your bikes up to Pyramid Lake. It is a lovely downhill ride back to Jasper or you may want to explore the many trails that will also lead you back to the townsite.

A great view of Pyramid Mountain and Lake is available from
OLD FORT POINT.

MORE ROCKIES BIKE RIDING
BIKING IN BANFF PARK


How about a very
unique hike?
LAKE EDITH CAVELL TRAIL

Horseback Riding
PATRICIA LAKE     EDITH CAVELL VALLEY

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