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Maligne Lake

Maligne Lake

Jasper National Park, Jasper, Alberta, Canada

The Basics

As one of Alberta’s—and indeed Canada’s—most-hyped beauty spots, Maligne Lake is included on many sightseeing tours of the Jasper and Banff regions. Chauffeured sidecar and coach tours generally make stops at natural attractions such as Medicine Lake, Maligne Canyon, and other Rocky Mountain hot spots. Maligne Lake is also often included on the itinerary.

Some half and full-day sightseeing tours incorporate boat cruises on the lake, and guided nature and wildlife-watching walks around the lake. Several backcountry campgrounds, accessible by canoe, are located on the lake’s edge. Canoes can be rented from the Maligne Lake Boathouse.

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Jasper National Park Tour: Maligne Valley, Medicine Lake and Spirit Island
Jasper National Park Tour: Maligne Valley, Medicine Lake and Spirit Island
star-4.5
$60.25 per adult
Traveler Favorite
Fantastic
Such a beautiful cruise on Maligne Lake! Our tour guide Liam was fantastic! Spirit Lake was extremely beautiful to see in person. I would not change a thing.
Leah_S, Aug 2021

Recent reviews from experiences in Jasper

star-4
Beautiful sightseeing in Jasper, worth to visit !
Tourist, Sep 2021
Jasper National Park Tour: Maligne Valley, Medicine Lake and Spirit Island
Very beautiful sightseeing in Jasper, definitely worth to visit. The Spirit Island with cruise tour is the best. The tout guide on the boat talk too much about First Nation, feel a bit like government employee, too much to the tourists. Also the gift shop on the dock area is really EXPENSIVE when compare to Jasper downtown gift shops
star-5
Best tour for ever
Qais_A, Sep 2021
Jasper Wildlife and Waterfalls Tour with Maligne Lake Hike
The tour was amazing, very helpful guid, comfort bus, spend a good time to see many places in one day.
star-4
It was great
Rebecca_P, Aug 2021
Jasper National Park Tour: Maligne Valley, Medicine Lake and Spirit Island
The boat cruise, everything was beautiful! The guide was amazing very knowledgeable , the driver and other lady on the boat were exceptional
star-4
Enjoyed it very much
Susan_J, Aug 2021
Jasper National Park Tour: Maligne Valley, Medicine Lake and Spirit Island
The tour was very good, Lutz, our guide knew his stuff and everyone involved in this tour were very helpful. The scenery was breathtaking
star-5
Definitely recommend!!
Janice_B, Sep 2020
Jasper Wildlife and Waterfalls Tour with Maligne Lake Hike
Very cool experience. Kelli is a great guide. Very lively and knows everything about the area from the lichen and mushrooms to the water, the animals and what’s happening in Jasper.
star-5
Excellent experience with informative and friendly guides.
Lynn_C, Aug 2021
Jasper National Park Tour: Maligne Valley, Medicine Lake and Spirit Island
Lutz was a great guide and bus driver - very knowledgeable. Jordan and Sarah as tour guides and captains on the bus tour were awesome as well. Would definitely recommend this trip to family and friends.
star-5
Memorable
catherine_g, Aug 2021
Jasper National Park Tour: Maligne Valley, Medicine Lake and Spirit Island
The tour and tourist guide were awesome. First time in jasper and we will definetely go back wth Sundog tour again.. thankyou.
star-4
Fantastic tour, highly recommend, be aware of lack of CovId precautions on boat tour
David_B, Sep 2021
Jasper National Park Tour: Maligne Valley, Medicine Lake and Spirit Island
Jeff was fantastic, we really enjoyed his narrative and his knowledge on the tour up and down the mountain. Be aware, the boat tour itself is operated by a separate company, there is no social distancing and masks are not mandatory, we opted to get off the boat due to the lack of CovID precautions with no reimbursement of funds, we were only told “this is Alberta “. Still, the overall trip was definitely worth it, the views are breathtaking and even at Maligne lake there is a fantastic restaurant, great views, hiking trails, paddle boat rentals. We would still highly recommend this trip!!!
star-5
Excellent!
Megan_Y, Jul 2020
Jasper Wildlife and Waterfalls Tour with Maligne Lake Hike
I really enjoyed this tour. The scenery was beautiful and the hike was wonderful and easy to do and simply beautiful. There was an option to do a boat ride that you could do if you had arranged that previously. I did the hike. Our tour guide was wonderful, knowledgeable, friendly, and really really nice. We only saw a bald Engle and some mountain goats so not seeing more wildlife was kinda disappointing but aside from that it was a really enjoyable time.
star-4
Maligne Valley Tour
Hugh, Sep 2020
Jasper National Park Tour: Maligne Valley, Medicine Lake and Spirit Island
Our guide (Jeff) was excellent. We saw a lot of wildlife. Friendly and informative. Bus was nice. Proper safety measures in place
star-5
Maligné lake
Johanna_M, Sep 2020
Jasper National Park Tour: Maligne Valley, Medicine Lake and Spirit Island
Jeff was our guide, and was very knowledgeable, he sure is passionate about nature and conservation, very patient with my kids, and we had a very small group ( Just a couple and us) which was great for Covid safety. Would definitely recommend
star-5
Maligne Lake Hike
Kathryn_P, Sep 2019
Jasper Wildlife and Waterfalls Tour with Maligne Lake Hike
Ross was a great guide! Not only was he informative, but enthusiastic as well. He answered the many questions we had about the dying trees and he held an optimistic view of things. We found him very uplifting. We just missed a moose sighting in the lake, but we did see an osprey chasing an eagle...he was a bit mad! It was a bit overcast for our other sightings as well, but we had a lovely time!

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Moose, grizzly bears, and caribou are known to roam the regions near the lake, making it perfect for wildlife-viewers.

  • Maligne Lake is open to paddlers and electric motor boats only.

  • Dress in layers as sudden weather changes are common here.

  • Part, though not all, of the Mary Schäffer Loop, which winds around the shoreline, is paved and suitable for wheelchair users.

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How to Get There

Maligne Lake is at the end of Maligne Lake Road, about 31 miles (50 kilometers) from Jasper. As there is no public transport in the area, the best way for car-free travelers to get here is by organized tour. Driving from Jasper will take about an hour.

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When to Get There

The best time to visit Maligne Lake is between late May and early October, when boats and paddlers can go out on the water. Though the north part of the lake can become busy, quieter spots—accessible only on foot or by boat—can always be found to the south. In winter, the frozen lake is peaceful, attracting only a few hardy snowshoers, though road conditions in the park can sometimes make the lake difficult to access.

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How to See Spirit Island

In theory, visitors can paddle or kayak to Spirit Island, though it’s about an 8.5-mile (14-kilometer) one-way journey and it can take the best part of a day. Unless you’re a fit, experience kayaker, and have booked a lakeside campsite to stay at, you’re better off doing a Maligne Lake cruise, which will get you out to within view of the island and back in just 90 minutes.

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