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Maligne Lake - Hiking

Canadian Rockies, Alberta, Canada

By lydia.crawford

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What are the activities at Maligne Lake ?

Hiking

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Why choose a trail at Maligne Lake?

Maligne Lake (/məˈliːn/ mə-LEEN) is a lake in Jasper National Park, Alberta, Canada. It is famed for the colour of its water, the surrounding peaks, the three glaciers visible from the lake and Spirit Island, a frequently photographed islet. The lake is located 44 km (27 mi) south of Jasper town, and is accessible by motor vehicle, including shuttle buses from Jasper. Boat tours run to Spirit Island in the spring to autumn season. The 44 km Skyline Trail, Jasper's most popular, highest and above treeline, 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 approximately 22.5 km (14.0 mi) long and is 97 m (318 ft) at its deepest point, in the south end of the lake. It averages 35 m (115 ft) in depth. It sits at approximately 1,670 m (5,480 ft) asl. Easily visible from the Maligne Lake Day Lodge are Leah and Samson Peaks and Mount Paul to the east, and Mounts Charlton, Unwin, Mary Vaux and Llysfran Peak to the south and west. The Charlton, Unwin and Maligne glaciers are visible from the lake, which boasts a self-sustaining population of introduced rainbow trout and brook trout. It is a popular spot for sport fishing, kayaking and canoeing. Parks Canada maintains two camping sites, accessible only by canoe, at Fisherman's Bay and Coronet Creek. Maligne Lake is fed and drained by the Maligne River, which enters the lake on its south side, near Mount Unwin and drains the lake to the north. Maligne Lake, as well as Maligne River, Maligne Mountain, and Maligne Pass, takes its name from the French word for malignant or wicked. The name was used by Father Pierre-Jean De Smet (1801–1873) to describe the turbulent river that flows from the lake (in the spring), and soon spread to the lake, canyon, pass, mountain and range. It is also possible that early French traders applied the name to the river for its treacherous confluence with the Athabasca River.

Maligne Lake is a glacially-fed lake in the Canadian Rockies, located in Jasper National Park. It is the largest and deepest natural lake in the park, and one of the most popular tourist destinations in Alberta. The lake is known for its stunning scenery, including the Maligne Canyon, which cuts through the surrounding mountains. Visitors can enjoy hiking, fishing, boating, and camping in the area.


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From sunrise to sunset

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Maligne Lake
Maligne Lake, Alberta, Canada

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Starting Point

The start of the trails at Maligne Lake can be accessed from the parking lot near the lake.

Why visit Maligne Lake

The Maligne Lake is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Alberta. It is located in the Jasper National Park and it is known for its stunning scenery. The lake is surrounded by the Rocky Mountains and it offers amazing views of the surrounding peaks. It is also a great place for fishing, boating and hiking.

Is Maligne Lake in Alberta a good place for the whole family?

Maligne Lake is a great place for the whole family. There are plenty of activities to keep everyone busy, including hiking, fishing, and canoeing. The scenery is also beautiful, making it a perfect place to relax and enjoy nature.

Things not to be missed

The best activities near Maligne Lake in Alberta are hiking, fishing, and canoeing. A bref description not to be missed would be the stunning views of the lake and the surrounding mountains.

1. Hiking the Maligne Canyon - a beautiful hike that takes you through a narrow canyon with rushing waterfalls.

2. Driving the Maligne Lake Road - a scenic road that takes you around Maligne Lake with great views of the lake and surrounding mountains.

3. Boating on Maligne Lake - take a boat out on the lake to explore the surrounding area.

4. Hiking to Medicine Lake - a challenging hike that leads to a beautiful alpine lake.

5. Visiting Jasper National Park - a beautiful national park with plenty of hiking and outdoor activities to enjoy.

Where to eat?

1. The Boathouse at Maligne Lake - This restaurant is located in the heart of Maligne Lake and offers stunning views of the surrounding area. The menu features a variety of dishes made with fresh, local ingredients.

2. The Jasper Grill - This grill is located in the town of Jasper and offers a variety of burgers, sandwiches, and salads. They also have a kids menu and a variety of desserts.

3. The Sawridge Inn - This inn is located in the town of Jasper and offers a variety of breakfast, lunch, and dinner options. They also have a kids menu and a variety of desserts.

4. The Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge - This lodge is located in the park of Jasper and offers a variety of breakfast, lunch, and dinner options. They also have a kids menu and a variety of desserts.

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Is the place are families friendly?

No

Is there an information center / service center / reception?

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Lydia Crawford, an extraordinary woman with an insatiable zest for life, has become an inspirational figure to many through her adventures and infectious good humor. Born and raised in a small town nestled in the mountains, Lydia developed a love for the outdoors at an early age. Her childhood was filled with hiking, camping, and exploring the wilderness, experiences that shaped her into the avid outdoorswoman she is today.

She life was a celebration of adventure, joy, and the great outdoors. She lived with a fierce determination to enjoy every moment and to share that joy with others. Her legacy is one of laughter, exploration, and an unwavering love for the natural world. Lydia's spirit continues to inspire those who knew her and those who discover her story, reminding us all to embrace life with open arms and a heart full of joy.

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