A Day of Kayaking on Maligne Lake

While visiting Jasper National Park, we took one day to drive out to the incredible Maligne Lake and drop our kayaks in the water, for a 17 mile excursion to and from Spirit Island. The only other option for seeing the beauty of this entire lake is to go out on a tour boat, which is what I did during my visit five years prior. It’s worth the price if you don’t have a kayak (or the energy to do 17 miles on one). This lake is completely surrounded by mountains, and the view changes constantly as you move across the water. (Thus the volume of images gathered.)

This time around there was very little snow on the multitude of mountain peaks, but that didn’t make them any less spectacular! The one sad thing I noticed… and this was the case throughout Jasper National Park… is the stinkin’ Pine Beatles that plague Colorado have made their way this far north. Unfortunately they’ve attacked the few trees on the iconic Spirit Island. (I know this is natures way of regenerating, but it’s hard for me to observe. There’s nothing beautiful about a dead tree in my eyes.)

Anyway… the images really tell the story. It was a long, exhausting day, but oh so wonderful!

We stopped for a shot at Medicine Lake, which is on the route, and then again to photograph a momma moose, whose wee one rested in the deep shadows nearby. And then we set out on the lake…

Medicine Lake

Momma Moose, baby nearby in the deep shade

John on the water, Maligne Lake

“Curly Phillips” Boathouse, a registered historic building, sits right on the lake

Yakin’ away

sink hole?

Emerald green water and surrounding mountains, Maligne Lake

Maligne Lake, Maligne Lake, Jasper National Park, Alberta, Canada

John, with a long way to go!

Tour boats, coming and going

Maligne Lake, Jasper National Park, Alberta, Canada

The incredible peaks!

Maligne Lake, Jasper National Park, Alberta, Canada

Distant Glacier

Maligne Lake, Maligne Lake, Jasper National Park, Alberta, Canada

Close up of glacier

Maligne Lake, Maligne Lake, Jasper National Park, Alberta, Canada

Still going…

Maligne Lake, Jasper National Park, Alberta, Canada

Mountains at the end of Maligne Lake

Maligne Lake, Jasper National Park, Alberta, Canada

…and going…

Maligne Lake, Maligne Lake, Jasper National Park, Alberta, Canada

View from Spirit Island

Maligne Lake, Maligne Lake, Jasper National Park, Alberta, Canada

This iconic view is changing, as the Pine Beatle is killing the trees

Maligne Lake, Maligne Lake, Jasper National Park, Alberta, Canada

Spirit Island wildlife visit

Maligne Lake, Maligne Lake, Jasper National Park, Alberta, Canada

Tour boat and the mountains

Maligne Lake, Maligne Lake, Jasper National Park, Alberta, Canada

Mountains surrounding the lake

Maligne Lake, Maligne Lake, Jasper National Park, Alberta, Canada

Maligne Lake, Maligne Lake, Jasper National Park, Alberta, Canada

Maligne Lake, Maligne Lake, Jasper National Park, Alberta, Canada

Maligne Lake, Maligne Lake, Jasper National Park, Alberta, Canada

Maligne Lake, Maligne Lake, Jasper National Park, Alberta, Canada

Maligne Lake, Maligne Lake, Jasper National Park, Alberta, Canada

Maligne Lake, Jasper National Park, Alberta, Canada

Rock mountain surface above the lake

 

It’s difficult to explain how such a physically draining day can fill my spirit with such incredible energy, but it does. We were bone tired, and aching up and down our back sides, but that didn’t stop us from stopping and dragging butts out of the car for some spectacular scenes on our drive back to the campground.

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View of Colin Range from Maligne Lake Road, Jasper National Park

Jasper National Park, Alberta, Canada

Maligne River and Colin Range

Jasper National Park, Alberta, Canada

Colin Range

 

So ends another day in paradise! The following morning we set out southbound on Icefields Parkway, which I remembered distinctly as an “Oooohhh, Ahhhhhhh, Oh my God!” kind of drive. Midway through this scenic parkway it becomes Banff National Park… another one of my favorite places. Do come back for that. Oh, and a bit of YoHo Provincial Park in British Columbia, which was completely socked in with many closed roads during my last visit.

Just for comparison sake, here’s my original post about Maligne Lake… Maligne Lake, Jasper National Park.

 

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