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Maligne Lake

Vacation Travel Guide
Maligne Lake featuring forest scenes, mountains and landscape views

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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Marmot Lodge
Marmot Lodge
2.5 out of 5
86 Connaught Drive, P.O. Box 1200, Jasper, AB
The price is $207 per night from Aug 31 to Aug 31
Conveniently located near the ski slopes, this Jasper motel is in the mountains, within 2 mi (3 km) of Jasper Activity Centre and Icefields Parkway, and close ...
4.1/5Very Good! (968 reviews)
"Hotel was great overall"

Reviewed on Jul 30, 2021

Marmot Lodge
Lobstick Lodge
Lobstick Lodge
2.5 out of 5
94 Geikie St, Po Box 1200, Jasper, AB
The price is $215 per night from Aug 26 to Aug 26
Conveniently located near the ski slopes, this Jasper hotel is in the mountains, within 2 mi (3 km) of Jasper Activity Centre and Icefields Parkway, and close ...
3.7/5Good! (1,022 reviews)
"Nice lobby. Updated room. Everything else is in need of renovations."

Reviewed on Jul 30, 2021

Lobstick Lodge
Chateau Jasper
Chateau Jasper
3 out of 5
96 Geikie Street, Jasper, AB
The price is $224 per night from Aug 25 to Aug 25
Situated in a national park, this eco-friendly hotel is 0.5 mi (0.8 km) from Jasper Activity Centre and within 3 mi (5 km) of Icefields Parkway and Patricia ...
4.2/5Excellent! (1,025 reviews)
"Nice location, family friendly"

Reviewed on Jul 30, 2021

Chateau Jasper
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The Crimson Jasper
The Crimson Jasper
2.5 out of 5
200 Connaught Drive, P.O. Box 1200, Jasper, AB
The price is $184 per night from Aug 12 to Aug 12
The Crimson Jasper
Lobstick Lodge
Lobstick Lodge
2.5 out of 5
94 Geikie St, Po Box 1200, Jasper, AB
The price is $215 per night from Aug 26 to Aug 26
Lobstick Lodge
Chateau Jasper
Chateau Jasper
3 out of 5
96 Geikie Street, Jasper, AB
The price is $224 per night from Aug 25 to Aug 25
Chateau Jasper
Marmot Lodge
Marmot Lodge
2.5 out of 5
86 Connaught Drive, P.O. Box 1200, Jasper, AB
The price is $207 per night from Aug 31 to Aug 31
Marmot Lodge
Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge
Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge
4 out of 5
Old Lodge Road, Jasper, AB
The price is $456 per night from Aug 29 to Aug 29
Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge
Sawridge Inn Jasper
Sawridge Inn Jasper
3.5 out of 5
76 Connaught Dr, Jasper, AB
The price is $224 per night from Aug 24 to Aug 24
Sawridge Inn Jasper
Tonquin Inn
Tonquin Inn
3 out of 5
100 Juniper Avenue, Jasper, AB
The price is $215 per night from Aug 4 to Aug 4
Tonquin Inn
Jasper Inn & Suites by Sunrise
Jasper Inn & Suites by Sunrise
3 out of 5
98 Geikie Street, Jasper, AB
The price is $206 per night from Sep 2 to Sep 2
Jasper Inn & Suites by Sunrise
Pyramid Lake Resort
Pyramid Lake Resort
3 out of 5
5 Km North On Pyramid Lake Road, Jasper, AB
The price is $368 per night from Sep 2 to Sep 2
Pyramid Lake Resort
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