We left early to spend the day exploring Maligne Lake.
It’s about an hour drive from Jasper through some very scenic areas.
On our drive we saw where the remains from the forest fire in July 2015 caused severe damage to the Maligne Valley area.
When we finally reached Maligne Lake we went to check in for our cruise. We had purchased our tickets in Jasper the day before, but had to check in to get our tickets. We decided to see if we could get on an earlier boat. When we made reservations, they only had a 12:30 time slot. We had no problems changing our reservation to the 11:00 tour.
We had some time to kill and I was cold, so we headed over to have a cup of hot tea to warm up until we could board.
Maligne Lake Cruise
About fifteen minutes before boarding we went to stand in line.
We boarded quickly and after a brief safety talk we were on our way. The guide gave us information on the area as we made our way down to Spirit Island, which is about two thirds of the way down Maligne Lake.
Maligne Lake is the largest natural lake in the Canadian Rockies about fourteen miles in length.
It takes about thirty minutes to reach Spirit Island, where the most expensive flushable restroom run by solar panels is located.
Once we reached Spirit Island, we had about fifteen minutes to walk a short trail and take pictures before we would get back in the boat to return.
TIP: Only go on this cruise if it is a pretty day.
Personally I thought $65 per person for less than a 90 minute trip was rather expensive. For all the hype of Spirit Island, I was disappointed that you could not walk on the island. I can’t say that I would do it again.
When we returned, we had lunch on the deck with the gorgeous view of Maligne Lake with sandwiches we bought from Patricia’s Deli in Jasper, as I had read mixed reviews about eating in the cafeteria.
Hiking Maligne Lake
We decided to take a hike around the area and choose the Bald Hills trail.
This was a two hour hike one way that ended up being all uphill on a fire road. It did not start out to bad, but after about an hour, we were still going up the hill and I would have gladly paid for someone to take me up to the top. They could make a lot of money if they offered a ride up and walk back down, or even a ride in both directions. 😆
It was kind of boring hike as there was not much to see until you got above the trees and then we got a brief glimpse of the mountains.
The views from the top made up for it. This gave us a different perspective of the area, as the stunning blue water and the surrounding mountains only add to the beauty. After taking our pictures, we headed back down the trail.