Maligne Lake

Maligne Lake featuring forest scenes, mountains and landscape views
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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.

Top Hotels Close to Maligne Lake

Forest Park Hotel
Forest Park Hotel
3.5 out of 5
76 Connaught Dr, Jasper, AB, T0E1E0
The price is $91 per night from Nov 2 to Nov 3
Stay at this 3.5-star spa hotel in Jasper. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and a full-service spa. Our guests praise the clean rooms in our reviews. Popular attractions ...
3.8/5 Good! (1,197 reviews)
A nice weekend escape that could use some tweaks.
"It was a last minute trip so we paid a hefty premium for the room but it was clean, quiet and comfortable. The service was generally excellent except one disappointment was the 9pm closing time for the pool and lounge. I can understand the pool as it is in the main hall and can be noisy but what ..."

Reviewed on Oct 3, 2022

Chateau Jasper
Chateau Jasper
3 out of 5
96 Geikie Street, Jasper, AB, T0E1E0
The price is $91 per night from Nov 2 to Nov 3
Stay at this 3-star business-friendly hotel in Jasper. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and breakfast. Our guests praise the clean rooms in our reviews. Popular ...
4.2/5 Very Good! (1,304 reviews)
"Room is clean and comfortable. Friendly staff and I'd like to stay here again!!!"

Reviewed on Oct 1, 2022

Pyramid Lake Resort
Pyramid Lake Resort
3 out of 5
5 Km North On Pyramid Lake Road, Jasper, AB, T0E 1E0
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The price is $146 per night from Nov 1 to Nov 2
Stay at this 3-star hotel in Jasper. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and breakfast. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean rooms in our reviews. Popular ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (1,001 reviews)
"Lots to see and do right near the property. Great walking trails, kayaks and canoes for the guests. Even some nice beaches. Several Barbecues and fire pits to enjoy. Very casual environment."

Reviewed on Oct 2, 2022

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Lobstick Lodge
Lobstick Lodge
2.5 out of 5
94 Geikie St, Po Box 1200, Jasper, AB, T0E1E0
Forest Park Hotel
Forest Park Hotel
3.5 out of 5
76 Connaught Dr, Jasper, AB, T0E1E0
Chateau Jasper
Chateau Jasper
3 out of 5
96 Geikie Street, Jasper, AB, T0E1E0
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Pyramid Lake Resort
3 out of 5
5 Km North On Pyramid Lake Road, Jasper, AB, T0E 1E0
Tonquin Inn
Tonquin Inn
3 out of 5
100 Juniper Avenue, Jasper, AB, T0E1E0
Pine Bungalows
Pine Bungalows
2.5 out of 5
2 Cottonwood Creek Rd, Jasper, AB, T0E 1E0
Jasper Inn & Suites by INNhotels
Jasper Inn & Suites by INNhotels
3 out of 5
98 Geikie Street, Jasper, AB, T0E 1E0
Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge
Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge
4 out of 5
Old Lodge Road, Jasper, AB, T0E 1E0
The Crimson Jasper
The Crimson Jasper
2.5 out of 5
200 Connaught Drive, P.O. Box 1200, Jasper, AB, T0E 1E0
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