Maligne Lake-A Little Piece Of Heaven In The Canadian Rockies

If you could describe heaven, I’m sure Maligne lake would come close, that is if you don’t mind a little cooler weather. The scenery is breathtaking with the glacier water color so unreal, you continually have to pinch yourself.

Maligne Lake is located in Jasper National Park , Alberta Canada and is known for the color of its water, the three glaciers and the famous Spirit Island which is a tiny little Island with a back drop of surrounding mountain peaks . It is the second largest glacier fed lake in the world. Maligne Lake is approximately 22.5 km (14.0 mi) long and is 97 m (318 ft) at its deepest point, in the south end of the lake. It averages 35 m (115 ft) in depth.

One of the best ways to take advantage of this gorgeous lake is by boat. Either rent a canoe at the boat house or take a cruise out to Spirit Island. I have done this twice with Maligne Lake cruise and it doesn’t disappoint. There are different cruises to choose from and depart times, but personally first thing in the morning is the best with still waters and stunning reflections if that is what your hoping to catch. They also offer photography tours for those wanting more time to capture the beauty.

The  most popular photos in the Canadian Rockies are of Spirit Island in the middle of Maligne Lake. The island is 14 kilometres up-lake and there is no road or trail access. Tour boats or private, non-motorized craft are the only means of reaching Spirit Island. Or if you are feeling adventurous, you can backpack it, but be prepared for a long journey.

The cruise brings you out to Spirit Island, lets you walk around on a small trail or listen to the guide for 20 minutes and you will want to take as many photos as you possibly can. Right around this area is where the water changes into the pure crystal turquoise color that we see in photos.

All in all, this is a place you have to put on your list when you visit Jasper National Park. Of course it would be nice to spend all day there so a canoe option might be your best bet. I can say it is at the top of my list for one of the most beautiful places I have been and I will keep going back as many times possible!

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