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  • Address: Jasper National Park
  • Admission: Adults: $9.80; Children: $4.90
One of the most photographed locations in Jasper National Park, Maligne Lake is famous for the gorgeous emerald color of its water, the dramatic peaks and glaciers that are visible on its banks and for its views from Spirit Island. French traders coined the name ‘Maligne’ for the lake as well as a canyon, mountain and pass, meaning malignant or wicked—perhaps as a result of the turbulent rivers that flow into the lake. 

The largest lake in Jasper National Park, Maligne Lake is no longer considered ‘wicked’ but instead is one of the most popular spots in the park for hiking, fishing, kayaking and canoeing. The 27.3 mile (44 km) Skyline Trail, Jasper's most popular multi-day hike, begins at Maligne Lake and finishes near the town of Jasper. Other popular day hikes include the Opal Hills and Bald Hills loops; winter activities include cross-country skiing. 

Maligne Lake is 14 mi (22.5 km) long and is 318 ft (97 m) at its deepest point, but averages 115 ft (35 m) in depth. Scenic boat trips to Spirit Island, located in Maligne Lake, are popular during the warmer months. With its backdrop of glacier studded mountain peaks, Spirit Island is one of the most photographed islands in the world. 

Practical Info

Entry into Jasper National Park is $9.80 for adults, $8.30 for seniors and $4.90 for youth ages 6 -16. A 1.5-hour tour to Spirit Lake will cost $61.95 for adults and $30 for children. Jasper National Park and Maligne Lake are open year round, but adverse weather conditions may cause temporary closures of some roads. 

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Spirit Island Cruise on Jasper's Maligne Lake

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 23 Reviews

Soak in amazing views of the Canadian Rockies on this relaxing cruise on Jasper’s Maligne Lake. Land on iconic Spirit Island for an unforgettable nature walk ...  Read more

Location: Jasper, Canada
Duration: 90 minutes (approx.)

From USD $49.42

Jasper National Park Tour: Maligne Valley, Medicine Lake and Spirit Island

4.5 star rating: Recommended 18 Reviews

Discover Jasper National Park’s spectacular Maligne Valley on a 6-hour adventure with an expert guide. During stops at Maligne Canyon, Medicine Lake and ...  Read more

Location: Jasper, Canada
Duration: 6 hours (approx.)

From USD $52.70

Jasper City Sightseeing Tour and Maligne Lake Cruise

4.5 star rating: Recommended 12 Reviews

Discover picturesque Jasper before arriving at the world famous Maligne Lake. Cruise toward the south end of this postcard setting where you have the ...  Read more

Location: Jasper, Canada
Duration: 6 hours (approx.)

From USD $101.34

Best Jasper City Sightseeing Tour

4.5 star rating: Recommended 10 Reviews

Enjoy a four-hour tour encompassing the Maligne Canyon, Medicine Lake and Maligne Lake. Breathe in the fresh Canadian air, in the spectacular Rocky Mountains! ...  Read more

Location: Jasper, Canada
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $48.65

Maligne Valley and Wildlife Tour

4.5 star rating: Recommended 3 Reviews

Come and enjoy the beauty of the striking Maligne Valley. The tour includes a short walk around the top of Maligne Canyon, then a scenic drive up the valley ...  Read more

Location: Jasper, Canada
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $52.70

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