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Maligne Lake Cruise

Jasper, Canada

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icon1 hour 30 minutes  (Approx.)
Mobile ticket
iconOffered in: English


This fully narrated cruise takes you along Maligne Lake, the largest glacially fed lake in the Canadian Rockies, part of the UNESCO-listed Jasper National Park. Visit Spirit Island, accessible only by boat, and admire views of imposing granite peaks, vibrant blue water, and ancient forests. Keep your camera close and your senses alert as you scan the area for the eagles, bears, and deer that call this area home. Expert and amateur photographers alike will relish in the opportunities to capture the alpine scenery.
  • Boat cruise on Maligne Lake, located in Jasper National Park
  • Enjoy views of the Canadian Rockies, Spirit Island, and sprawling forests
  • Watch for wildlife, including deer, eagles, and bears
  • Learn about the region’s history and special ecology
  • Choose from a variety of departure times
Jasper National Park is the largest national park in the Canadian Rockies and was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1984. Imposing granite peaks circle a wonderland of cascading waterfalls, lush forests, hot springs, and diverse wildlife. At the heart of the park lies one of the true treasures of the Canadian Rockies, Maligne Lake.

Your cruise along Maligne Lake starts dockside near the Maligne Lake Boathouse and Chalet. Onboard, learn about the history and geology of the area. The boat is fully enclosed with glass and heated, making sure you stay warm as you soak up the alpine scenery.

Reach Spirit Island, near the center of the lake and accessible only by boat. Here, you’re treated to views of craggy, snowcapped peaks that ring a bright-blue lake and old-growth forests. Keep your eyes peeled for the wildlife that prowl the shoreline, including deer, bears, and eagles.

Your cruise ends back at the boathouse, where you can purchase a hot beverage or a snack from the nearby lodge and chalet. Feel free to linger as long as you like and enjoy the landscapes from the shore.

Please note: Boats leave approximately on the hour and your ticket is good for any trip during your selected day.
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Maligne Lake
Your 90-minute cruise of the lake starts dockside near the Maligne Lake Boathouse and Chalet. Boats leave approximately on the hour and your ticket is good for any trip during your selected day. After boarding, you will pull away from the dock and be treated to a fully narrated, interpretative tour of the area's unique history and special ecology. Each boat is glass enclosed and fully heated, ensuring you will stay warm while experiencing majestic views throughout the trip.   From Spirit Island, which is only accessible by boat near the center of the lake, you will be treated to some of the most spectacular views found anywhere in the world. Jagged, snow-capped peaks ring a lake of vibrant blue water and ancient forest. Wildlife regularly prowl the shoreline, so keep your camera close and your senses alert as you scan the area for the eagles, bears and deer that call this area home. Expert and amateur photographers alike will be treated to incredible opportunities to attempt to document the natural splendor surrounding them, all the while recognizing that no photograph can do justice to the alpine scenery surrounding them.   Each cruise last approximately 90 minutes, after which you will return to the boathouse where you can grab a warm beverage or bite to eat from the nearby lodge and chalet.
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Included


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Reviews by Viator travelers
, Sep 2019
Absolutely brilliant. They take you up the lake to spirit island where you can stop off and take pictures. Well worth the money and the staff are very friendly and provide lots of helpful information along the way. Views are sensational even on a cloudy day.
Our experience
, Sep 2019
Our Ontarion tour guide Stephanie and captain Kasey who kept us entertained throughout Maligne lake cruise.
Maligned Lake cruise to Spirit Island
, Aug 2019
A wonderful trip! The guide on the boat was both entertaining and knowledgeable. Great opportunity to take some wonderful photographs.
Value for money
, Aug 2019
The cruise itself was very good. I just don’t feel it was worth what I paid. Guides were knowledgeable
Amelia and Nathan are awesome
, Jul 2019
the lake cruise was wonderful. informative and entertaining talk. weather could not have been better. the next ? does not have an appropriate answer, we are a family but no children, couple plus mil.
Chris R
, Jun 2019
4 of us went on the boat tour and loved every bit of it,staff was amazing,recommend it to anybody and Would definitely go again
Great day at Maligne Lake
, Aug 2018
Enjoyed our boat ride out and back as well as walking some trails around the headquarters. Need to add another 5-10 minutes to the stop at Spirit Island. Seemed like we were rushed. Maligne Canyon on the way back to Jasper was a perfect way to complete the trip!
Beautiful, Relaxing, and we Learned A lot Too
, Jul 2018
Maligne Lake is lovely, especially as you approach the far half where the water is such a gorgeous blue, so it was no surprise that we had a great time. The glaciers are truly awesome as well. The highlight of the trip for us was the expert commentary by Andrew, who is funny, articulate, and very knowledgeable. He delivered his spiel in a manner that didn’t make it sound like he had done it a million times before, though he has. He was also able to intelligently field random questions from passengers. He is clearly passionate about the lake, its history, and the ecology of the region, as well as the native groups in the area. He showed genuine interest in the passengers, taking the time to ask about each of us. Francois is equally knowledgeable, I’m sure though we didn’t hear as much from him. I highly recommend this cruise, and I give Andrew rave reviews as well Mardy and C/hris
Lake cruise
, Jul 2018
We had a beautiful experience yesterday on our cruise..Kelli and Scott were very friendly and informative.Scenery is fantastic..Thanks to Krystal for helping us get the voucher and making trip happen..Definite must see in the Canadian Rockies!
Tour was excellent. We took the 2 hr...
, Jul 2018
Tour was excellent. We took the 2 hr one. Meg and Maria were very professional and knowledgable. Would recommend.

Product code: 3026P49

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