Set amongst the towering Canadian Rockies, Maligne Lake is famed for its azure-blue, glacial waters and Spirit Island, one of the most photographed spots in North America. It offers some of the most interesting and spectacular scenery in the Canadian Rockies.
Situated about 46 kilometre from the town of Jasper at the end of a winding drive. The road was built along the glacier valley running between the Maligne and Elizabeth mountain ranges. Besides the towering peaks and glacier lakes there is plenty to see and opportunities to spot wildlife such as elk, moose, mountain goats, bighorn sheep, white-tail deer and grizzly and black bears.
Medicine Lake is the first lake along the drive. It got the name from the early native people in the area who believed that it had magical powers. It’s a unique body of water that vanishes and re-appears each year. Like several lakes in this mountain valley it is continuously draining through a network of underground caves.
The end of the journey is the stunning vista of Maligne Lake surrounded by several towering mountain peaks. It’s the largest natural lake in the Canadian Rockies, stretching 22.5 km’s in length.