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Review of Spirit Island

Spirit Island
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$52.70*
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Jasper National Park Tour: Maligne Valley, Medicine Lake and Spirit Island
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Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
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13 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Must See”
Reviewed November 4, 2012

This island is one of the most famous places if visiting the Canadian Rocky Mountains. The only way to get there is by travelling about 50 km from Jasper to Maligne Lake on a very scenic road and then taking a boat trip to the island. Most of the time the "island" is connected to the shore, but during our visit the lake level was about a metre higher than normal, so it was a true island.

You are at the mercy of the weather, and we did not see much sun on our trip. Despite that it was a great trip down the lake and we got some very good photos. The boat stops at the island for only about 20 minutes, so you have to dash on shore and find as many viewpoints as possible.
We took the last boat trip that left at 5 pm and arrived at the island some 45 minutes later.

Visited September 2012
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Ottawa, Canada
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“Definitely a highlight for us”
Reviewed October 6, 2012

My husband and I took the boat cruise to Spirit Island and it was well worth the money. The lake turned the familiar beautiful turquoise part way, and that combined with the feeling of being surrounded by powerful mountains, gave me such a sense of peace and joy. The captain and guide were both great, and we were well entertained and educated during the cruise itself.

I could have spent the day where we docked at Spirit Island, but that could never be more than wishful thinking. Imagine the logistics of having hundreds of tourists there at once, or the great difficultyif most wanted to departfrom the island at the same time.

All in all, it is a wonderful memory of a magical vacation.

Visited September 2012
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Adelaide, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
“Worth the cruise on Maligne Lake”
Reviewed September 17, 2012 via mobile

It is certainly worth taking the cruise on Maligne Lake. Great information and stunning views on the 90 minute tour. The boats are fully enclosed and you have time by Spirit Island to take photos.

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Brooklyn, New York
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“If you have the time.............”
Reviewed September 8, 2012

The lake and surrounding mountains are beautiful and the guide on the boat tour was informative. Though the view from the island is stunning, you are only provided with a limited amount of time to take it all in (approx. 15 minutes). If you have extra time, it is worth it to take the boat ride to see the island.

Visited August 2012
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Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 92 helpful votes
“Nice boat tour, great for photographs”
Reviewed July 27, 2012

While we would not repeat this tour, it was worth it for getting to see the oft photographed Spirit Island in person. There was time to take a short walk around the lake.
Do go into their snack/lunch area. We had the biggest best s'more we had ever eaten which was a surprise for a tourist/snack building.

Visited August 2011
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