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“Magificient”
Review of Spirit Island

Spirit Island
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Jasper National Park Tour: Maligne Valley, Medicine Lake and Spirit Island
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Cambridge, Canada
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78 reviews
35 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
“Magificient”
Reviewed July 3, 2012

Spirit Island is found in Maligne Lake. The island itself is not remarkable. Here in Ontario we have thousands of islands like this one. What makes it remarkable is its setting. It is located in the turquoise coloured Maligne Lake. The background is composed of forested mountains topped by glaciers. It is an exceptional scenic location. The tour boat company has built trails and viewing platforms on the land so that one gets the best view and the best locale for photos. I have a very good SLR with an 18 to 200 mm lens, enabling a wide range of shot framing. I also used polarizing filter to get deeper water and sky colours. As result I got several dozen photos, all of post card quality. I highly recommend the boat tour to see the island. However, I feel the guide we had was a bit sketchy. He started out the tour announcing he had dropped out of high school, which made most of his scientific and history pronouncements suspect. But I ignored the guide, and stood on the back deck of the tour boat taking scads of photos.

Visited June 2012
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Newbury, United Kingdom
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“Amazing scenery again”
Reviewed June 19, 2012

The walk on Spirit island is very short and we normally like to avoid the crowds - bit tricky to do this with a boatload of other tourists but the guides on the boat gave us entertaining commentary up and down the lake to the island.

Visited June 2012
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Bradenton, Florida
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“A pleasant informative boat tour”
Reviewed June 10, 2012

A pleasurable guided/narrative boat tour with one stop that includes a short 10-15 minute loop walk. Some people have complained about the "biting bugs" but this is not true. In springtime there are midge fly's but they do not bite. Whether coming or going there is always the chance for seeing wild game.

Visited June 2012
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TX
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101 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
“I would do this again in a heart beat, worth the time and cost!”
Reviewed March 29, 2012

It was kind of a miserable day, but well worth the trip out to Spirit Island, well not an island the time of year when we visited with the lower lake water level.

I am not sure how anyone could be disappointed with this adventure. Sure the boat ride is cramped and you only get 20 minutes at the destination, but the views are fantastic. We saw moose going out and different sightings coming back to the dock.

It was raining and cloudy off and on but we thoroughly enjoyed the trip.

Visited September 2011
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Santa Cruz, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“The reason you take the boat tour!”
Reviewed January 7, 2012

If you go to Maligne Lake, you should take the boat tour down lake, around a corner until Spirit Island comes into view. It is absolutely beautiful, even if its a peninsula and not an island. Downside is you only get 20 minutes off the boat to take pictures. Wish there was option to take the next boat back. Too beautiful to leave so soon. (reason for 4 stars instead of 5)

Visited June 2011
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