Maligne Lake

Malign Lake Boat House on Cloudy Summer Day - Jasper National Park, Alberta, Canada | SAMTSAI.COM

May 27, 2011: A boat house on Malign Lake. The boat house used to have words Malign Tour Boat House painted on its roof, but it is no longer there?!


Maligne Lake, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is the largest natural lake in the Canadian Rockies. Located in Jasper National Park, the lake is famed for the colour of its water, the surrounding peaks, the three glaciers visible from the lake (Charlton, Unwin and Maligne Glaciers), and of course the famous Spirit Island in the middle of Maligne Lake. Spirit Island—one of the most photographed locations in the world—is 14 kilometres up the lake, and there is no direct road or trail access. Tour boats or private, non-motorized craft are the only means of reaching Spirit Island.

The lake is a popular spot for sport fishing (rainbow trout and brook trout), kayaking, canoeing, hiking, camping, etc. Parks Canada maintains two camping sites, accessible only by canoe, at Fisherman’s Bay and Coronet Creek.

Malign Lake is also one of the great spots in Jasper National Park for milky way viewing.

Maligne Lake Monument of History & Discovery - Jasper National Park, Alberta, Canada | SAM TSAI . COM

May 27, 2011: A monument details the history & discovery of Malign Lake

Malign Lake Ticket Office - Jasper National Park, Alberta, Canada | SAMTSAI.COM

May 27, 2011: Malign Lake Ticket Office. The boat tour to Spirit Island was closed because the lake surface was still frozen on May 27?!?! :(

Maligne Lake was originally known as “Chaba Imne” or Beaver Lake by the native tribes who lived near Jasper. In 1907 Mary Schaeffer, a wealthy Quaker from Philadelphia, learned of the mysterious lake. Following a map obtained from Samson Beaver, a Stoney tribesman, Mary found the lake and later wrote about her adventures, making the area a popular tourist attraction in years to follow.


Maligne Lake Ticket Office - Jasper National Park, Alberta, Canada | SAM TSAI . COM

May 27, 2011: A bench in front of Malign Lake Ticket Office. Next to Malign Lake Ticket Office is Malign Lake Day Lodge with gift shop, cafeteria, restaurant, and washroom.

3D Terrain Map of Malign Lake Model - Jasper National Park, Alberta, Canada | SAMTSAI.COM

May 27, 2011: A 3D terrain map of Malign Lake model. Unfortunately the map does not clearly indicate the location of Spirit Island. :(

Hiking Trails Around Malign Lake with Self-interpretive Guides - Jasper National Park, Alberta, Canada | SAM TSAI . COM

May 27, 2011: One of hiking trails around the lake with self-interpretive guides. I took the shortest, flattest one. :D

Frozen Malign Lake with Ice and Snow in Summer - Jasper National Park, Alberta, Canada | SAMTSAI.COM

May 27, 2011: As you can see, most of the lake surface was still covered by ice and snow even at the end of May?!?! OMG ò.ó No wonder boat tour was still closed. Oh well, next time. On the light side, there was a duck resting on the lake, though. :D

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