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