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Maligne Lake

Whether you cruise the clear waters of this lake, or hike in the surrounding slopes, you’ll be guaranteed some of the most iconic views in the Canadian Rockies.

The beauty of Maligne Lake is truly breathtaking. It is the largest glacial lake in the Canadian Rockies, and its vivid blue waters are framed by towering mountain peaks. At its centre stands Spirit Island which has become a world-famous symbol of the region. Whether you want to take to the water or stay on dry land, there are a multitude of exhilarating activities to choose from.

Book a seat on one of the many cruises to Spirit Island to see this diminutive, yet renowned, location. The most popular round trip lasts 90 minutes, with a chance to disembark, during which your guide will explain fascinating details about the island and surrounding lake. Given the island’s photogenic nature, there are also special cruises in the company of professional photographers, giving you the chance to take the best holiday photos ever!

If you want to explore under your own steam, rowing boats, canoes and sea kayaks can be hired from the Curly Phillips Boathouse on the shores of the lake. If you fancy trying your hand at trout fishing, tackle and permits can also be obtained from the boathouse. Alternatively, guided fishing expeditions are on offer, so you can make the most of the abundant stocks of rainbow and eastern brook trout.

For those who prefer to stay on dry land, there are many excellent hiking trails around the lake, which cater for all abilities and fitness levels. Whether you chose a gentle stroll through the surrounding woodland, or a trek up the steep slopes, you can be guaranteed to find wonderful scenery and stunning views. If you’re looking to really immerse yourself in the Canadian wilderness, try the 44-kilometre Skyline Trail. This multi-day excursion carries you above the tree line, and runs between the lake and Jasper.

If you’re visiting during the summer, you must make time for traditional afternoon tea at the Maligne Lake Chalet. Delicious scones and clotted cream can be washed down with a pot of fragrant tea. The chalet also has accommodation for up to 80 guests if you decide you want to stay longer.

Maligne Lake is 44 kilometres south of Jasper, along the Icefields Parkway.

Give yourself loads of time at Maligne Lake. Here are some of the top things to do:

If you're after more options, check out our Jasper things to do page.


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Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge AU$253
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 steps away from Jasper National Park and Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge Golf Course. Icefields Parkway and Maligne Lake are also within 3 mi (5 km).

    Tonquin Inn AU$120
    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 National Park, Icefields Parkway and Patricia Lake. Jasper Activity Centre and Jasper-Yellowhead Museum and Archives are also within 15 minutes. Jasper Station is 16 minutes by foot.

      Sawridge Inn Jasper AU$157
      Sawridge Inn Jasper

      Sawridge Inn Jasper

      76 Connaught Dr, Jasper, AB
         
        3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

        Situated near the airport, this spa hotel is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Jasper National Park and 2.1 mi (3.3 km) from Icefields Parkway. Jasper Activity Centre and Jasper-Yellowhead Museum and Archives are also within 1 mile (2 km). Jasper Station is 19 minutes by foot.

        Pyramid Lake Resort
        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 within a 15-minute walk of Jasper National Park and Pyramid Lake. Patricia Lake is 1.8 mi (2.9 km) away.

          Jasper Inn & Suites by Sunrise AU$162
          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 within 1 mi (2 km) of Jasper National Park and Icefields Parkway. Patricia Lake and Maligne Lake are also within 6 mi (10 km). Jasper Station is 13 minutes by foot.

            Lobstick Lodge AU$112
            Lobstick Lodge

            Lobstick Lodge

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

              Situated in Jasper, this eco-friendly hotel is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Jasper National Park and within 3 miles (5 km) of Icefields Parkway and Patricia Lake. Jasper Activity Centre and Jasper-Yellowhead Museum and Archives are also within 15 minutes. Jasper Station is 15 minutes by foot.

              Whistler's Inn AU$160
              Whistler's Inn

              Whistler's Inn

              105 Miette Ave, Jasper, AB
                 
                3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in the heart of Jasper, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Jasper National Park and Icefields Parkway. Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge Golf Course and Patricia Lake are also within 3 miles (5 km). Jasper Station is only a 1-minute walk.

                Mount Robson Inn AU$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 a 15-minute walk of Jasper National Park and Icefields Parkway. Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge Golf Course is 2.8 mi (4.6 km) away. Jasper Station is 13 minutes by foot.