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

Pine Bungalows
Pine Bungalows
2.5 out of 5
2 Cottonwood Creek Rd, Jasper, AB, T0E 1E0
The price is $214 per night from Aug 29 to Aug 30
Stay at this eco-friendly hotel in Jasper. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and breakfast. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean rooms in our reviews. ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (484 reviews)
Good Location
"The location was very good,and afforded opportunities to see some local wildlife it was also close enough to the town. The staff were very pleasant and helpful. The only thing that could be improved is the standard of WIFI, otherwise we enjoyed the experience."

Reviewed on Aug 14, 2022

Pine Bungalows
Chateau Jasper
Chateau Jasper
3 out of 5
96 Geikie Street, Jasper, AB, T0E1E0
The price is $286 per night from Sep 8 to Sep 9
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! (1,266 reviews)
"we like it"

Reviewed on Aug 12, 2022

Chateau Jasper
Forest Park Hotel
Forest Park Hotel
3.5 out of 5
76 Connaught Dr, Jasper, AB, T0E1E0
The price is $274 per night from Sep 5 to Sep 6
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 ...
3.9/5 Good! (1,190 reviews)
"First time staying here, the front office staff were excellent and very helpful."

Reviewed on Aug 13, 2022

Forest Park Hotel
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Pine Bungalows
Pine Bungalows
2.5 out of 5
2 Cottonwood Creek Rd, Jasper, AB, T0E 1E0
The price is $214 per night from Aug 29 to Aug 30
Pine Bungalows
Chateau Jasper
Chateau Jasper
3 out of 5
96 Geikie Street, Jasper, AB, T0E1E0
The price is $286 per night from Sep 8 to Sep 9
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Forest Park Hotel
Forest Park Hotel
3.5 out of 5
76 Connaught Dr, Jasper, AB, T0E1E0
The price is $274 per night from Sep 5 to Sep 6
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Tonquin Inn
Tonquin Inn
3 out of 5
100 Juniper Avenue, Jasper, AB, T0E1E0
The price is $232 per night from Sep 1 to Sep 2
Tonquin Inn
Pyramid Lake Resort
Pyramid Lake Resort
3 out of 5
5 Km North On Pyramid Lake Road, Jasper, AB, T0E 1E0
The price is $373 per night from Aug 25 to Aug 26
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Lobstick Lodge
Lobstick Lodge
2.5 out of 5
94 Geikie St, Po Box 1200, Jasper, AB, T0E1E0
The price is $244 per night from Sep 6 to Sep 7
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Maligne Lodge
Maligne Lodge
2.5 out of 5
912 Connaught Drive, Jasper, AB, T0E1E0
The price is $243 per night from Sep 1 to Sep 2
Maligne Lodge
Jasper Inn & Suites by INNhotels
Jasper Inn & Suites by INNhotels
3 out of 5
98 Geikie Street, Jasper, AB, T0E 1E0
The price is $258 per night from Aug 29 to Aug 30
Jasper Inn & Suites by INNhotels
Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge
Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge
4 out of 5
Old Lodge Road, Jasper, AB, T0E 1E0
The price is $658 per night from Sep 9 to Sep 10
Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge
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