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Maligne Lake

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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Lobstick Lodge CA $149
Lobstick Lodge

Lobstick Lodge

94 Geikie St, Po Box 1200, Jasper, AB
     
    2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

    Situated in a national park, this eco-friendly hotel is 0.5 mi (0.8 km) from Jasper Activity Centre and within 3 miles (5 km) of Icefields Parkway and Patricia Lake. Jasper-Yellowhead Museum and Archives and Jasper Municipal Library are also within 15 minutes. Jasper Station is 15 minutes by foot.

    Tonquin Inn CA $157
    Tonquin Inn

    Tonquin Inn

    100 Juniper Avenue, Jasper, AB
       
      3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Conveniently near to skiing facilities, this Jasper hotel is located in the mountains within 3 miles (5 km) of Jasper Activity Centre, Icefields Parkway and Patricia Lake. Jasper-Yellowhead Museum and Archives and Jasper Municipal Library are also within 15 minutes. Jasper Station is 16 minutes by foot.

      Marmot Lodge CA $159
      Marmot Lodge

      Marmot Lodge

      86 Connaught Drive, P.O. Box 1200, Jasper, AB
         
        2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

        Situated in a national park, this eco-friendly motel is 0.8 mi (1.2 km) from Jasper Activity Centre and 1.8 mi (3 km) from Icefields Parkway. Jasper Information Centre National Historic Site and Jasper-Yellowhead Museum and Archives are also within 1 mile (2 km). Jasper Station is 16 minutes by foot.

        Pyramid Lake Resort CA $299
        Pyramid Lake Resort

        Pyramid Lake Resort

        5 Km North On Pyramid Lake Road, Jasper, AB
           
          3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Situated on a lake, this eco-friendly hotel is 0.7 mi (1.1 km) from Pyramid Lake and 1.8 mi (2.9 km) from Patricia Lake. Jasper Activity Centre is 3.1 mi (5 km) away.

          Mount Robson Inn CA $199
          Mount Robson Inn

          Mount Robson Inn

          902 Connaught Drive, Jasper, AB
             
            2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

            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 Centre National Historic Site are also within 15 minutes. Jasper Station is 13 minutes by foot.

            Jasper Inn & Suites by Sunrise CA $191
            Jasper Inn & Suites by Sunrise

            Jasper Inn & Suites by Sunrise

            98 Geikie Street, Jasper, AB
               
              3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Situated in a national park, this hotel is 1.2 mi (1.9 km) from Icefields Parkway and 2.9 mi (4.6 km) from Patricia Lake. Maligne Lake and Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge Golf Course are also within 6 mi (10 km). Jasper Station is 13 minutes by foot.

              Chateau Jasper CA $189
              Chateau Jasper

              Chateau Jasper

              96 Geikie Street, Jasper, AB
                 
                3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Situated in a national park, this eco-friendly hotel is 0.5 mi (0.8 km) from Jasper Activity Centre and within 3 miles (5 km) of Icefields Parkway and Patricia Lake. Jasper-Yellowhead Museum and Archives and Jasper Municipal Library are also within 15 minutes. Jasper Station is 14 minutes by foot.

                Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge CA $469
                Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge

                Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge

                Old Lodge Road, Jasper, AB
                   
                  4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Situated in a national park, this spa resort is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge Golf Course and 3.1 mi (5 km) from Maligne Lake. Maligne Canyon and Icefields Parkway are also within 6 mi (10 km).