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 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.
Exact location of this lake is indicated by Green Arrow.
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