As one of the must-see destinations in Jasper National Park, Maligne Lake has enough activities to fill a day, from taking the cruise, to canoeing or kayaking, to lunch in the Lodge, to trout fishing. For travelers who like nature, the mountain air and great scenery, a visit to Maligne Lake will be rewarding.
“With so much to do at Maligne Lake, a full day of activities is in order that could include an itinerary of cruising Maligne Lake to Spirit Island and other popular Maligne Lake activities.” says Pat Crowley, CEO of Maligne Lake Tours, Ltd., the company that runs the only boat tour on Maligne Lake.
Maligne Lake itinerary ideas include:
10:00 a.m. — Cruise to Spirit Island
Visitors can get acquainted with the history of Jasper National Park at Spirit Island. A 90-minute cruise in a glass-enclosed boat departs each day starting at 10:00 a.m. (from May through September). These interpretive tours, staffed by Heritage Tourism Guides and Ministry of Transport licensed Pilots, offer an exciting look into geology, wildlife, and the glaciology of Maligne Lake. A short walk to the spectacular and famous viewpoint overlooking Spirit Island and the mountain-ringed southern shores of Maligne Lake is the highlight of the cruise. If you are short on time, just do the cruise and skip the rest of the activities.
11:30 a.m.—Lunch overlooking the lake and mountains at the View Restaurant
The Lodge overlooking Maligne Lake affords day trippers delicious cuisine with equally appealing views. Eat inside or outside on the terrace if the weather is nice. The restaurant serves salads, home-style sandwiches, homemade soups, stew, and vegetarian chili as well as fare from the on-site bakery.
For a Jasper National Park souvenir, try the Day Lodge Shop in the Lodge. Items include Jasper photography, historical books, children’s books, pottery, linens, and more.
1:00 p.m.—Canoeing, kayaking or trout fishing on Maligne Lake
Equally relaxing as a fishing excursion, The Curly Philips Boathouse rents sea kayaks, freighter canoes with electric motors and batteries, Coleman Canoes, and Aluminum Rowboats. Surrounded by the dramatic Canadian Rockies, floating atop azure waters – this for many provides the perfect Canadian rockies experience.
Stocked with rainbow and eastern brook trout, Maligne Lake provides the best fishing opportunities in Jasper National Park. Half- and full-day guided Maligne Lake fishing tours are available or for those who prefer to navigate the waters alone, fishing boats and gear may be rented at the Curly Philips Boathouse, a registered historic building.
Maligne Lake is situated just 30 miles southeast of Jasper townsite within Jasper National Park, Alberta, Canada and a Jasper shuttle service is available daily to pick up guests at several of the hotels within the town of Jasper.