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Maligne Lake
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Maligne Lake featuring a lake or waterhole, landscape views and mountains

Its sky-blue waters, glacial mountains, and Spirit Island make this one of the Canadian Rockies’ most iconic locations for a fishing or boat trip.

Visiting Maligne Lake is like seeing a postcard come to life. You’ve probably seen its island featured on posters and in movies more than a few times and it has become a symbol of the Canadian Rocky Mountains. On first seeing the lake, you’ll be struck by its sheer size, vivid color, and pristine mountainous backdrop. Of course Maligne Lake is much more than just a view; there is enough to do to keep you occupied for days. Visit in summer for the most diverse range of options.

As the Canadian Rockies’ biggest glacial lake, Maligne Lake is a magnet for water enthusiast. For those looking to catch a trout or two, sign up for a guided fishing tour. You can also rent your own boat and gear and purchase a license from the historic Curly Phillips Boathouse. If you rather leave the fish alone, rent a canoe or book yourself on a white-water rafting trip.

To see Spirit Island up close, take one of the 90-minute cruises. This is the idyllic-looking land mass that features in many promotional shots of the Canadian Rockies. Another epic trip is the Wildlife and Waterfall Tour. This departs Jasper twice daily in season. A naturalist takes you to Maligne Lake via Maligne Canyon. Look for moose, bighorn sheep, eagles, and marmots along the way.

If you’re setting off on your own, there are many trails to choose from. Everything from a stroll through the woods to steep uphill climbs can be found. Serious hikers should do the 27.5 mile (44 kilometer) Skyline Trail, which takes you way above tree-line. If you have the time, break it up over two or three days and experience the Canadian wilderness.

From July to the end of August, the historic Maligne Lake Chalet offers legendary afternoon teas, complete with oversized scones. The chalet is also a guest house, offering luxury lodging for up to 80 guests. It’s popular, so book well in advance.

Maligne Lake can be found 27 miles (44 kilometers) south of Jasper by following the scenic Icefields Parkway.

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Mount Robson Inn
Mount Robson Inn
2.5 out of 5
902 Connaught Drive, Jasper, AB
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is CA $179 per night from May 11 to May 11
Situated in a national park, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Jasper Artists Guild and Icefields Parkway. Jasper Municipal Library and Jasper Information ...
4.2/5Excellent! (1,243 reviews)
"Very welcoming efficient service. Adapted breakfast well to covid rules. Ready with recommendations for town."

Reviewed on May 5, 2021

Mount Robson Inn
Chateau Jasper
Chateau Jasper
3 out of 5
96 Geikie Street, Jasper, AB
The price is CA $149 per night from May 10 to May 10
Situated in a national park, this eco-friendly hotel is 0.5 mi (0.8 km) from Jasper Activity Centre and within 3 mi (5 km) of Icefields Parkway and Patricia ...
4.3/5Excellent! (979 reviews)
"Clean and comfortable. Friendly staff."

Reviewed on May 3, 2021

Chateau Jasper
Sawridge Inn Jasper
Sawridge Inn Jasper
3.5 out of 5
76 Connaught Dr, Jasper, AB
The price is CA $129 per night from May 10 to May 10
Situated in a national park, this spa hotel is 0.9 mi (1.4 km) from Jasper Activity Centre and 2.1 mi (3.3 km) from Icefields Parkway. Jasper-Yellowhead Museum ...
3.9/5Good! (968 reviews)
"Our room was very clean, very comfortable bed."

Reviewed on May 1, 2021

Sawridge Inn Jasper
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Mount Robson Inn
Mount Robson Inn
2.5 out of 5
902 Connaught Drive, Jasper, AB
The price is CA $179 per night from May 11 to May 11
Mount Robson Inn
Chateau Jasper
Chateau Jasper
3 out of 5
96 Geikie Street, Jasper, AB
The price is CA $149 per night from May 10 to May 10
Chateau Jasper
Sawridge Inn Jasper
Sawridge Inn Jasper
3.5 out of 5
76 Connaught Dr, Jasper, AB
The price is CA $129 per night from May 10 to May 10
Sawridge Inn Jasper
Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge
Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge
4 out of 5
Old Lodge Road, Jasper, AB
The price is CA $289 per night from May 17 to May 17
Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge
Whistler's Inn
Whistler's Inn
3 out of 5
105 Miette Ave, Jasper, AB
The price is CA $135 per night from May 9 to May 9
Whistler's Inn
Tonquin Inn
Tonquin Inn
3 out of 5
100 Juniper Avenue, Jasper, AB
The price is CA $178 per night from May 28 to May 28
Tonquin Inn
Jasper Inn & Suites by Sunrise
Jasper Inn & Suites by Sunrise
3 out of 5
98 Geikie Street, Jasper, AB
The price is CA $169 per night from May 11 to May 11
Jasper Inn & Suites by Sunrise
Marmot Lodge
Marmot Lodge
2.5 out of 5
86 Connaught Drive, P.O. Box 1200, Jasper, AB
The price is CA $149 per night from May 10 to May 10
Marmot Lodge
Pine Bungalows
Pine Bungalows
2.5 out of 5
2 Cottonwood Creek Rd, Jasper, AB
Pine Bungalows
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