Separated from the Banff/Jasper Highway by the rugged Maligne Range, this 46 km. Allow a minimum of two hours to drive to Maligne Lake and back to Jasper. The recommended direction to hike the trail is from Maligne Lake to Maligne Canyon. Tweet. It takes about an hour to drive to, but it is a stunning road all the way (passing by Maligne Canyon, Medicine Lake and a few other places along the way). No trip to Jasper National Park, or the Canadian Rockies, for that matter, would be complete without a side trip to Maligne Lake. One of the most popular pictures in the Canadian Rockies is the image of Spirit Island in the middle of Maligne Lake. The island is 14 kilometres up-lake and there is no road or trail access. While the winter months are great for cross country skiing. In the summer, visitors can hike, canoe, fish, or hop on a tour boat. The Bald Hills Trail, Jasper Orientation. Maligne Canyon hike Map. The gorgeous blue waters of Maligne Lake make look very tempting for a swim, but the glacier-fed lake remains cold for swimming year-round. 20. Can I hike to Spirit Island? The access to Maligne Lake Drive is located approximately 5 km’s east of Jasper on Highway 16; Early in the morning is the most ideal time to see wildlife. (29 mi.) Maligne Lake Road continues beyond this point for 500 metres (0.3 miles) over the Maligne River to another parking area, a boat launch, and the trailhead for hikes to Moose Lake, Lorraine and Mona Lakes, and the Bald Hills. The journey to Spirit Island is by water only. Park at the far end of the lot to access the trailhead. Jasper Wildlife and Waterfalls Tour with Maligne Lake Hike. To experience it to the fullest we decided to do a canoe trip and spend the night at one of the campsite locations right on the lake. Make a full day of the drive by taking in a hike at Maligne Canyon and/or booking a boat tour of Maligne Lake. Jasper National Park, Maligne Lake Hikes. You can imagine it is quite popular. In this direction, the trail is easier and also allows you to take in the views better. Getting there. Tour boats or private, non-motorized craft are the only means of reaching Spirit Island. You will need two vehicles (one parked at either end) to complete the trail or there is … Maligne Lake is the largest lake in Jasper National Park, and even the largest natural lake in the entire Canadian Rockies. There are a plethora of things to do around Maligne Lake all year round. You're one click away! The lowest 6th bridge parking lot is located 2kms form Jasper. Looking for an amazing hiking adventure? The Bald Hills trail starts by Maligne Lake, a beautiful area that is 50km from the centre of Jasper. Description: This is more of a short walk than a hike but it can be extended if you start at the lowest sixth bridge downstream of the canyon. Let a guide take you through some of the best spots for lake and mountain vistas, beside a waterfall, and on a lakeside hike on a forest path. Let a guide take you through some of the best spots for lake and mountain vistas, beside a waterfall, and on a lakeside hike on a forest path. Turn right on this road and continue until the turn off for Maligne Canyon. Jasper National Park is an amazing place to experience nature in the Canadian Rocky Mountains. Book a hiking tour! This tour will take you to Maligne Canyon and its mountain waterfalls, disappearing Medicine Lake, and on an interpretive hike beside Maligne Lake. Just a few steps from where the Maligne Lake Cruise boat docks at Spirit Island, a short trail leads to a view point that offers the ideal perspective for capturing the unique shape and setting of Spirit Island. Jasper National Park, Alberta. Head north from Jasper on Highway 16 until you reach Maligne Lake Rd. 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