Maligne Lake
Maligne Lake
4.5
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premierman
County Tipperary, Ireland563 contributions
Sep 2022
Went to Maligne lake twice, 1st time on a wild life evening tour, on the way we saw a Hoarie Marmot and an Osprey near medicine lake, then at Maligne lake a Moose & a Mule deer. Drove there a 2nd day (early morning), saw a Black bear cub & a male & female Moose on the way, then in the lake parking lot a Grizzly was feeding, what an experience, saw the Marmot again on the way back. Hiked a couple of trails too great scenery, a lovely place to visit, go early morning or late evening to avoid the crowds.
Written September 5, 2022
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James
3 contributions
Aug 2022
The boat tour with Captain Sam and our amazing guide Emily was fantastic. They were engaging from the moment we walked along the dock to get onboard. We were well informed about the history of the lake and especially Spirit Island and the Indigenous people it belongs to. Our cruise was lots of fun, we took tons of photos and were educated too - worth every $! Would highly recommend a visit to Maligne Lake to anyone visiting the area. Thanks again Emily and Sam, you were awesome! Debbie and Kelsey
Written August 17, 2022
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SB01
Krakow, Poland698 contributions
Jul 2022 • Family
Beautiful lake nestling under glaciers in the Canadian Rockies. We had our own transport and drove from Jasper. The journey to the lake is part of the attraction, offering the most stunning scenery alongside the Maligne river. We also got lucky with wildlife, seeing bald eagles and, to universal excitement, three bear cubs and their mum.
The lake itself offers free parking and a good, reasonably priced lakeside cafe with a stunning view. There are a number of good trails well signposted from the car park.
The only negative is the outrageous price for the boat cruise. It would have cost us $360 for our family for the 90 minute cruise. It’s incredibly expensive compared to what we would pay in the UK, so we gave it a miss.
Written July 21, 2022
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ksufan88
Wichita, KS4,646 contributions
Jul 2022
The tour we took had Nick as the boat captain and Delilah was the guide that provided commentary during the excursion. The seating was first come, first serve (not assigned). We sat in the back part of the boat and found it hard to hear the commentary at times when the boat was traveling at full speed (due to engine noise). During most of the cruise, you had the option of stepping out onto the back area of boat to enjoy the lake - taking photos without the glare of the boat windows. We traveled about half the length of the lake to reach Spirit Island where the boat docked for 25 minutes, allowing us time to walk to several viewpoints of Spirit Island with the beautiful mountains in the distance.
Written July 30, 2022
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Caledfryn
Cardiff, UK39 contributions
Jun 2022 • Couples
Had one full day to spend in Jasper we opted for the Lake Maligné visit and cruise. What a day! The highlight of our holiday so far with Becca, Emily and Jordan taking us by boat to Spirit Island. Becca was so knowledgeable, funny and ready to answer any question. I particularly liked her ‘lesson’ about the indigenous people of this area and the near obliteration of their incredible age-old culture by European settlers. Your enthusiasm was catching!
The sights at Spirit Island are out of this world. The cruise, which lasts 1.5hrs including 15mins at Spirit Island appeared expensive but worth every penny. The road from Jasper takes around an hour, and with care is no problem in RVs. We got there at 11am on a beautiful Sunday morning in mid June and were able to park the RV in the RV section of the car park. The gift shop is quality, and restaurant, though not used, looks good. If you do anything in Jasper, do the cruise to Spirit Island. Diolch Becca, and hope you enjoy the music of Halluci Nation!
A diolch i’r cwpwl ifanc o Benybont am argymell ein bod yn ymweld a’r llyn a’r ynys.
Written June 20, 2022
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khoukeens_shj
Calgary, Canada43 contributions
Jul 2020
We drove to Jasper from Calgary on an overnight trip. On our second day in Jasper we visited Maligne Lake. We had plans to visit Maligne Canyon first but it was raining, heavily at times, so we decided to drive to Medicine Lake and Maligne Lake instead. The Maligne Lake road drive to Maligne lake 45 to 50 km from Jasper was a quiet and scenic drive.
We reached Maligne Lake late morning and the rain had stopped by then. This summer the number of international tourists were low so there were not many visitors around the lake. So we did not have to bother much about social distancing. The parking lot was less than half full. There is a pit toilet in the parking lot.
The walk to the lake from the parking lot is not far. One way goes to the boat house and the other is towards the restaurant, chalet and cruise boats. It is a beautiful lake surrounded by mountains. The path towards the boat house is through the border of the lake. We walked through the path and it felt relaxed and calm. We came across benches and picnic tables from time to time throughout the path so you can sit and admire the calmness of the lake. Many opportunities to click pictures. The paths around the lake are wheel-chair friendly so accessible to all.
We bought a latte from Waffle Hut (on-site), costed close to $7, it was good but quite steep for a latte. There was a restaurant on-site too.
On our drive back the weather had cleared up and the views were amazing. We were rewarded with opportunities to see wildlife (black bears, bald eagles, and probably a Fisher). Would love to take the drive again and visit Maligne Lake.
Written July 13, 2020
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ginnykos
Clifton, NJ2 contributions
Aug 2022
Be sure to take the boat cruise. Our guide, Shauna was very informative about the history and geology of the area. Our captain, Steph, expertly piloted the boat around the Lake and docked very carefully so there were no bruises or upset stomachs.
Written August 18, 2022
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Mark T
1 contribution
Jun 2022
Maligne Lake cruise was the highlight of our trip to Jasper. Amazing Spirit Island, emerald water and excellent crew impressed us. Ted, the captain and guide of the cruise, provided super service. His knowledge about the lake and surrounding areas, well organized timing, patient explanation with humorous style made the great experience. Highly recommended program!
Written June 25, 2022
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Merrowmum
Guildford, UK981 contributions
Jul 2022
Sarah and Greg were our guide and driver on this lovely 1.5 hour boat trip on Maligne Lake. The lake is gorgeous and, for me, getting up close to that stunning aquamarine water, when it changes colour nearer the glaciers, that we have seen from viewpoints at other lakes, made the trip worthwhile just in of itself. But then we reached the jetty and small walking area overlooking Spirit Island, and you immediately understand why this is a sacred place: so peaceful and incredibly beautiful.
Sarah was excellent at explaining both what we could see and the history of the area around the lake. I loved that she came and spoke to us all individually to ask if we had any “questions or curiosities”, to use her phrase!
There are various places for walking as well as a restaurant, waffle hut (very good waffles!), toilets and the ubiquitous gift shop!
Written July 16, 2022
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FrauMac
Edmonton, Canada84 contributions
Aug 2021
One of my favourite places in the world. The scenery is breathtaking. It has just snowed (yes in August) and there was snow in the mountain tops. If you take a hike it is very serene. The main area is full of tourists usually waiting for the boat trip on Maligne so you have to walk a little ways away the get out of the noise. There is a cafe that has a patio so that you can eat and drink while taking in the scenery and they have a upscale restaurant as well.
Written August 25, 2021
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