The remarkably blue, 22-km-long (14-mile-long) Maligne Lake is one of the largest glacier-fed lakes in the world. The first outsider known to visit the lake was Henry MacLeod, a surveyor looking for a possible route for the Canadian Pacific Railway, in 1875. A couple of day hikes (approximately four hours round-trip), with some steep sections, lead to alpine meadows that have panoramic views of the lake and the surrounding mountain ranges. You can also take horseback-riding
and fishing trips, and there's an excellent cafeteria.
Maligne Tours. You can explore Maligne Lake in a rented canoe or on a 1½-hour scenic cruise with Maligne Tours. The Family of Explorers Cruise includes special onboard activities for kids, snacks, and a nature-based scavenger hunt at the island. Afternoon tea can be enjoyed at the historic Maligne Lake Chalet. 627 Patricia St., Jasper, T0E 1E0. 780/852–3370 or 780/852–4803. www.malignelake.com. C$62. June and Sept.–early Oct., daily 10–4; July and Aug., daily 10–5.
Maligne Lake Rd., 44 km (27 mi) southeast of Jasper, Jasper National Park, Alberta, Canada
Oct 7, 2005
My wife and I traveled here early last fall.We drove from Jasper to the lake right after the morning fog lifted. The morning turned gloriously sunny was we got within 20miles of the lake. It is one of the most indescribably, beautiful places on earth. Awesome! The boat ride was worth every. penny too.