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Located along Pyramid Lake’s iconic shoreline, Aalto brings Jasper’s most stunning natural wonders to the table.

Debuting in summer 2023, Aalto pulls inspiration from both near and far. Coastal cuisine meets alpine flavours here, while Scandanavian accents add further international flair. The result is something you’ll only find at Aalto — a dining experience deeply inspired by both Pyramid Lake and the beauty beyond.

Here’s five things to know about lakeside dining at Aalto in Pyramid Lake Lodge.

The Food

Aalto specializes in “lake-food” — a mountain-fresh interpretation of seafood that spotlights regional ingredients. Menus change with the seasons to keep things fresh, though you're sure to find a variety of both fish and shellfish on any visit, along with Alberta-raised beef and garden-fresh salads.

Finding vendors that aligned with the Aalto ethos was crucial to the restaurant's discovery phase. Partners like Gindara Sablefish and DelicaSea’s Road 17 Arctic Char allow Aalto’s team to provide fresh, sustainable and high-quality seafood in a spectacular Canadian Rockies setting.

The Inspiration

The name Aalto comes from the Finnish word for “wave” and the Italian word for “high,” paying homage to both its lakeside and alpine location.

A reflection in a lake.

These points of reference go far beyond just the name. From Scandinavian and classic mountain lodge design elements to menus that spotlight fresh regional ingredients and seafood favourites, Aalto makes its natural inspirations known wherever possible.

The Menus

Aalto is open for breakfast and dinner daily.

Stop in early for morning classics with inventive twists, such as a duck confit scramble and delicious gravlax toast. Settle in, savour your morning coffee and plan your day of Jasper adventure.

Dinner, of course, is the main event. Seasonal tartares and East Coast oysters are among the menu’s constants, while an evolving list of mains keeps each experience fresh depending on when you dine.

A Charcuterie board
A plate of food with a champagne flute.

Visit during the afternoon to explore Aalto’s “Grazing Menu” — a perfect opportunity to snack by the shoreline and soak in the alpine scenery. Served daily, the menu includes small bites and shareable plates.

Maximize your exploration with the shareable “Land and Sea Board” — a charcuterie board that features artisan cheeses, preserved Alberta meats and seafood selections you won’t find anywhere else in the Canadian Rockies. Pair it with a local beer, craft cocktail or wine of choice to bring your lakeside afternoon to new heights.

The Setting

Tucked along the shoreline of shimmering Pyramid Lake, Aalto’s refreshed space aims to offer a warm welcome for any occasion. Classic alpine lodge vibes blend with Scandanavian accents throughout the main dining room, with wood tones and natural elements offering a serene sense of warmth. Large windows visible from nearly every table overlook the lake — a truly awe-inspiring feature as the sun begins to set over the surrounding peaks.

Interior of Aalto with a long table setting.

Looking to celebrate? Aalto’s private event space is a perfectly picturesque place to do just that. Located just beyond the main dining room, the private space can accommodate up to 60 guests, making it ideal for intimate wedding receptions, rehearsal dinners or group events of any sort. Plus, with 68 guest rooms available on-site at Pyramid Lake Lodge, guests can celebrate to their hearts’ content just moments from their room.

The Seasons

Pyramid Lake holds a magical quality year-round. From warm summer mornings spent paddling its calm waters to winter days filled with snowy exploration on a horse-drawn sleigh ride, there’s wonder to be found at any time of year here. That’s why Aalto stays open and operates throughout the seasons, bringing new flavours to the forefront as the landscapes transform.

During the winter, Aalto’s welcoming warmth crackles with life courtesy of the dining room’s stone fireplace. Cozy vibes occupy the space as Jasper’s iconic dark sky sprawls overhead. During the summer, soak up the sun on our intimate patio — the perfect place to have a snack and a cold drink after working up a sweat on the nearby mountain bike trails.

Discover mountain-fresh dining at Aalto, now open on the shores of Pyramid Lake.

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