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Spirit Island

Spirit Island

Maligne Lake Rd, 27 miles (44 km), Jasper National Park, Jasper, Alberta, Canada

The Basics

For many visitors to Western Canada, Spirit Island features high on their checklist of sights. The island is a sacred place for the First Nations people and visitors are not permitted to walk on it. You can, however, get close enough to the island to capture pictures during Maligne Lake cruises. Round-trip boat cruises usually last for about 90 minutes. Full-day sightseeing tours around Jasper National Park often combine a boat tour to Spirit Island with other destinations, such as Medicine Lake and Maligne Valley.

You can also kayak or canoe to Spirit Island; rent a canoe from the Maligne Lake Boathouse. If you do plan on paddling to Spirit Island, you may want to prebook a spot at a lakeside campsite, as completing the round-trip journey in one day can be challenging.

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Recent reviews from experiences in Jasper

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Beautiful sightseeing in Jasper, worth to visit !
Tourist, Sep 2021
Jasper National Park Tour: Maligne Valley, Medicine Lake and Spirit Island
Very beautiful sightseeing in Jasper, definitely worth to visit. The Spirit Island with cruise tour is the best. The tout guide on the boat talk too much about First Nation, feel a bit like government employee, too much to the tourists. Also the gift shop on the dock area is really EXPENSIVE when compare to Jasper downtown gift shops
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It was great
Rebecca_P, Aug 2021
Jasper National Park Tour: Maligne Valley, Medicine Lake and Spirit Island
The boat cruise, everything was beautiful! The guide was amazing very knowledgeable , the driver and other lady on the boat were exceptional
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Enjoyed it very much
Susan_J, Aug 2021
Jasper National Park Tour: Maligne Valley, Medicine Lake and Spirit Island
The tour was very good, Lutz, our guide knew his stuff and everyone involved in this tour were very helpful. The scenery was breathtaking
star-5
Excellent experience with informative and friendly guides.
Lynn_C, Aug 2021
Jasper National Park Tour: Maligne Valley, Medicine Lake and Spirit Island
Lutz was a great guide and bus driver - very knowledgeable. Jordan and Sarah as tour guides and captains on the bus tour were awesome as well. Would definitely recommend this trip to family and friends.
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Memorable
catherine_g, Aug 2021
Jasper National Park Tour: Maligne Valley, Medicine Lake and Spirit Island
The tour and tourist guide were awesome. First time in jasper and we will definetely go back wth Sundog tour again.. thankyou.
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Awesome experience with a knowledgeable guide
Masoud_M, Jul 2021
Jasper National Park Tour: Maligne Valley, Medicine Lake and Spirit Island
Visiting the wild life around the city, in the way of Maligne Canyon. The information given by the guide was so interesting. He showed us something that we could never find by ourselves. His responsibility and care made a convenient, smooth, enjoyable and memorable day for us.
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Must Do!
Mariam_A, Jul 2021
Jasper National Park Tour: Maligne Valley, Medicine Lake and Spirit Island
One of the most beautiful day trips ever. Our tour guides on the bus (Norm) and on the boat (Sam and Jordan) were incredible. The views are spectacular and the info was educational and super entertaining.
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Excellent
Melane_M, Jun 2021
Jasper National Park Tour: Maligne Valley, Medicine Lake and Spirit Island
Everything, especially for us that it was the first time having that tour. We all had fun together with our family friends. Thank you so much😍
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Fantastic tour, highly recommend, be aware of lack of CovId precautions on boat tour
David_B, Sep 2021
Jasper National Park Tour: Maligne Valley, Medicine Lake and Spirit Island
Jeff was fantastic, we really enjoyed his narrative and his knowledge on the tour up and down the mountain. Be aware, the boat tour itself is operated by a separate company, there is no social distancing and masks are not mandatory, we opted to get off the boat due to the lack of CovID precautions with no reimbursement of funds, we were only told “this is Alberta “. Still, the overall trip was definitely worth it, the views are breathtaking and even at Maligne lake there is a fantastic restaurant, great views, hiking trails, paddle boat rentals. We would still highly recommend this trip!!!
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Maligne Valley Tour
Hugh, Sep 2020
Jasper National Park Tour: Maligne Valley, Medicine Lake and Spirit Island
Our guide (Jeff) was excellent. We saw a lot of wildlife. Friendly and informative. Bus was nice. Proper safety measures in place
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To do!
Julia_P, Aug 2020
Jasper National Park Tour: Maligne Valley, Medicine Lake and Spirit Island
Really nice tour! We saw 3 mooses in the water and Spirit Island is amazing. Our guide Becca was awesome, we enjoyed this tour!
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Maligné lake
Johanna_M, Sep 2020
Jasper National Park Tour: Maligne Valley, Medicine Lake and Spirit Island
Jeff was our guide, and was very knowledgeable, he sure is passionate about nature and conservation, very patient with my kids, and we had a very small group ( Just a couple and us) which was great for Covid safety. Would definitely recommend

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Spirit Island is a must for nature enthusiasts, with sublime views of Maligne Lake and the surrounding peaks.

  • Note that the canoe trip to the island is about 8.5 miles (14 kilometers) one way and is best suited to fit, experienced paddlers.

  • Wear sturdy boots if you want to explore lakeside hiking trails.

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How to Get There

Spirit Island is situated in the southern half of Maligne Lake. The northern end of Maligne Lake is about 31 miles (50 kilometers) from Jasper, accessible via Maligne Lake Road. Driving from Jasper takes 45 to 60 minutes.

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When to Get There

Boats venture out to Spirit Island between late May and early October. The area is busiest during the peak summer months of July and August. The best time to visit is in early morning before the first cruise sets off and crowds arrive. Another good time to come is late afternoon, an hour or so before sunset, when a golden glow and pastel skies make an excellent backdrop for photographs.

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Wildlife-Viewing at Maligne Lake

One of the best wildlife-watching spots in the park is Maligne Lake Road. Drive down the road in either early morning or late evening, and look out for moose, caribou, and bighorn sheep. Closer to the lake, you can often spot black and grizzly bears as well as bald and golden eagles, who come here to feed on fish.

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