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MALIGNE LAKE
Government Motor Launches travel to Spirit Island several times daily in the summer/fall.

47 kilometers south and east of Jasper is the second largest glacial lake in the World, Maligne Lake. Motor launch tours are available and canoes can be rented. This is one of the only lakes in the Rocky Mountains where motorized boats are allowed (another being Lake Minnewanka near Banff) . A leisurely 90 minute guided boat cruise will bring you to mystical Spirit Island. Tours depart hourly throughout the summer months. You can step off the boat near the island and take pictures as thousands before you have.
 

 

MALIGNE LAKE
Comfortable motor launches deliver you most of the length of the lake to a spot that was actually named by an American from New York State.  He called it Spirit Island because it raised his spirits. The boat rid is very leisurely and stops for photos at one of the Rockies most visited places.  Watch for wildlife along the 22 kilometers of shoreline

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Maligne Lake should have been named after Mary Schaffer, a quaker who was the first Caucasian to lay eyes on its mesmerizing beauty. Instead the nearby Maligne River, and later the lake, were named by a Jesuit missionary who had trouble crossing the river. Maligne in French means "wicked".

MALIGNE LAKE
This water does not warm up much in the summer. 
Most swimmer would last less than 10 minutes before succumbing to the frigid temperatures.


Head to the west side parking lot if you are interested in hiking Skyline, Bald Hills or Maligne Pass hiking trails.  Trails can occasionally be restricted by park rangers if bear activity is high.  There are a number of shorter hikes around the shores of the lake as well.

Maligne Canyon - The Maligne River flows in and then disappears!
1 Kilometer Hike. Take the easy and shorter canyon loop and see steep canyons where the walls are eroding 1 inch every 5 years, a dramatic waterfall and the teahouse. Examine the rock here and see fossilized remains of Sea Creatures. This terrain was once very much underwater!


MALIGNE CANYON HIKE DESCRIPTION

The turnoff to Maligne Canyon is before the turnoff to Maligne Lake.  3 Kilometer Hike. Visit the upper and lower canyon and see the waterfalls, teahouse area, six bridges, ever-deepening canyon and the flowpoint of an underground river from Medicine Lake. Medicine Lake (called bad medicine by early natives) can actually disappear entirely into the underground caverns and cave networks that drain the lake. Be sure to note how the stream at the beginning of the canyon becomes a river by the end of the walk. It is fed by spring water from underneath!!


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