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Maligne Lake

Jasper National Park, Jasper, Alberta, Canada

The Basics

As one of Alberta’s—and indeed Canada’s—most-hyped beauty spots, Maligne Lake is included on many sightseeing tours of the Jasper and Banff regions. Chauffeured sidecar and coach tours generally make stops at natural attractions such as Medicine Lake, Maligne Canyon, and other Rocky Mountain hot spots. Maligne Lake is also often included on the itinerary.

Some half and full-day sightseeing tours incorporate boat cruises on the lake, and guided nature and wildlife-watching walks around the lake. Several backcountry campgrounds, accessible by canoe, are located on the lake’s edge. Canoes can be rented from the Maligne Lake Boathouse.

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Jasper National Park Tour: Maligne Valley, Medicine Lake and Spirit Island
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Jasper National Park Tour: Maligne Valley, Medicine Lake and Spirit Island
star-4.5
$59.49 per adult
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You must do this.
The tour was excellent. Take the tour and don’t do it on your own at first. The guide was vey knowledgeable and told lots of stories
Kevin_S, Aug 2022

Recent reviews from experiences in Jasper

star-5
An excellent, informative tour.
richard_k, Aug 2022
Jasper National Park Tour: Maligne Valley, Medicine Lake and Spirit Island
We had booked and arranged a pick up from our hotel. The company then asked us to phone to confirm the pick up location which we did. They then sent an email to say they would pick us up from a different location. The coach still called in to our hotel! The tour itself and our guide was amazing. Fred was full of fascinating facts and clearly new the area and wildlife. Apart from the mix up with pick up locations, the tour was excellent value for money.
star-5
Love the tour and the guilds.
Guin_K, May 2022
Jasper Wildlife and Waterfalls Tour with Maligne Lake Hike
Everything is good. Mark and Jimmy are very nice and we saw a lot of wildlife on our way to Maligne Lake. They were so patient with us as I walked very slow and they still very much willing to explain the places and the different animal to us. We love the trip and have so good and informative guilds.
star-5
Very funny,but professional staff. Veryknowledgeableaboutthenature.
MAGDALENA_N, Aug 2022
Jasper National Park Tour: Maligne Valley, Medicine Lake and Spirit Island
Daniel was our guide. He was very funny and knowledgeable about the nature. Jeff- our driver,was so kind and stopped few times on the way,to see better few animals and eagles. Ruby was our boat driver, Melanie was the guide on the boat to Spirit Island. Very funny but at the same time very informative about the history of Indigenous people. Thank you girls Thank you Jeff and Daniel.🥰 Magdalena
star-5
Loved our Lake Milange Tour
Sue_s, Aug 2022
Jasper National Park Tour: Maligne Valley, Medicine Lake and Spirit Island
This trip was absolutely wonderful. We enjoyed our tour guide Deiter he was very informative and had a sense of humor. The boat trip to Spirit Island was beautiful.
star-5
Good tour
Don_S, Jul 2022
Jasper Wildlife and Waterfalls Tour with Maligne Lake Hike
Guide had a lot of information. We were a little slow on the trail and guide slowed down for us. Lots of roots on trail. Not for people with walking issues.
star-5
Great experience!
Rossanne_K, May 2022
Jasper Wildlife and Waterfalls Tour with Maligne Lake Hike
My boyfriend and I booked this tour during the May long weekend and had a blast. Saw lots of animals and did some short hikes. Our guide was incredibly knowledgeable and friendly. Overall a great experience. Thank you!
star-4
Great experience
Clara_F, Aug 2022
Jasper National Park Tour: Maligne Valley, Medicine Lake and Spirit Island
The views were great and we stopped at the most important landmarks. The guide was friendly and interesting.
star-5
Great tour guides.
ReinaE_M, Jul 2022
Rocky Explore from Calgary to Banff, Lake Louise, Icefield & Jasper 5-Day Tour
Let me star saying that this is my first time visit Canada and I’m so thankful that I find you guys in trip advisor at the beginning I was nervous but the day I Arrived Lissa contact me and confirm the details for the beginning of the best trip of my life she is kind and very efficient and know how to resolve issues the best way she was the tour guide the first day big group,second day I was so lucky to meet Jessica a yung girl full of energy very polite she pick up me and two other persons right on time and from the begging to the end of the tour she went far & beyond making sure we all feel confortable and happy thank you for all the great memories I will keep in my heart.
star-5
Bears were a highlight.
kennthfund, Jul 2022
Jasper National Park Tour: Maligne Valley, Medicine Lake and Spirit Island
Got to see a few bears which was exciting. Boat trip was good, the guys who ran it were great. Tour guide was very informative and patient.
star-5
It was a great trip our...
John_G, Jul 2022
Jasper National Park Tour: Maligne Valley, Medicine Lake and Spirit Island
It was a great trip our bus driver captain and hostess of our boat where great. They explained everything that we saw and giving us the history of the area
star-4
Good Trip
Pat_S, Jul 2022
Jasper National Park Tour: Maligne Valley, Medicine Lake and Spirit Island
A relaxing boat excursion and informative trip, we saw wildlife and the driver stopped whenever possible and safe to do so
star-5
We even saw a bear!
Joan_H, Jul 2022
Jasper National Park Tour: Maligne Valley, Medicine Lake and Spirit Island
We couldn't have a a better driver, so knowledgeable and 'engaged' with the group. The boat trip was also very good and informative. Magnificent views, glaciers and, of course, beautiful Spirit Island.
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Things to Know Before You Go

  • Moose, grizzly bears, and caribou are known to roam the regions near the lake, making it perfect for wildlife-viewers.

  • Maligne Lake is open to paddlers and electric motor boats only.

  • Dress in layers as sudden weather changes are common here.

  • Part, though not all, of the Mary Schäffer Loop, which winds around the shoreline, is paved and suitable for wheelchair users.

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How to Get There

Maligne Lake is at the end of Maligne Lake Road, about 31 miles (50 kilometers) from Jasper. As there is no public transport in the area, the best way for car-free travelers to get here is by organized tour. Driving from Jasper will take about an hour.

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When to Get There

The best time to visit Maligne Lake is between late May and early October, when boats and paddlers can go out on the water. Though the north part of the lake can become busy, quieter spots—accessible only on foot or by boat—can always be found to the south. In winter, the frozen lake is peaceful, attracting only a few hardy snowshoers, though road conditions in the park can sometimes make the lake difficult to access.

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How to See Spirit Island

In theory, visitors can paddle or kayak to Spirit Island, though it’s about an 8.5-mile (14-kilometer) one-way journey and it can take the best part of a day. Unless you’re a fit, experience kayaker, and have booked a lakeside campsite to stay at, you’re better off doing a Maligne Lake cruise, which will get you out to within view of the island and back in just 90 minutes.

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Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What are the nearest attractions to Maligne Lake?
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Attractions near Maligne Lake:
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What else should I know about attractions in Jasper?
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As well as visiting the Maligne Lake, check out these trip ideas to make the most of your visit: