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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.
Ensure you have heaps of time at Maligne Lake. Below are some of the most popular activities:
Peruse our Jasper things to do page to find more activities in the area.
Conveniently located near the ski slopes, this Jasper resort is within 1 mi (2 km) of Jasper National Park, Icefields Parkway, and Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge Golf Course. Maligne Lake is 2.8 mi (4.5 km) away.
Situated in a national park, this hotel is steps from Icefields Parkway and Jasper National Park. Patricia Lake and Maligne Lake are also within 6 mi (10 km). Jasper Station is 13 minutes by foot.
Located near the slopes, this Jasper hotel is in the mountains and within 1 mi (2 km) of Jasper National Park, Icefields Parkway, and Jasper Activity Centre. Jasper-Yellowhead Museum and Archives and Jasper Municipal Library are also within 15 minutes. Jasper Station is 14 minutes by foot.
Situated in Jasper, this spa hotel is steps from Jasper National Park and Icefields Parkway. Jasper Activity Centre and Jasper-Yellowhead Museum and Archives are also within 15 minutes. Jasper Station is 15 minutes by foot.
Located near the slopes, this Jasper hotel is in the mountains, within 1 mi (2 km) of Jasper National Park and Icefields Parkway, and close to winter sports such as cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. Maligne Lake is 3.1 mi (4.9 km) away. Jasper Station is 18 minutes by foot.
Located near the slopes, this Jasper hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Jasper National Park and Icefields Parkway and close to winter sports such as cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. Jasper Activity Centre and Jasper-Yellowhead Museum and Archives are also within 15 minutes. Jasper Station is 15 minutes by foot.
Marmot Lodge, nestled in the heart of Jasper National Park, is 2.5 miles from Lake Annette, and 3 miles from both Lac Beauvert and Lake Edith.
Situated on a lake, this eco-friendly hotel is steps from Jasper National Park and Icefields Parkway. Patricia Lake and Pyramid Lake are also within 1 mi (2 km).