365 Canadian Sights | Day 269: Jasper Week – Spirit Island on Lake Maligne

Spirit Island
| Image from Flickr/Lauri Sten via CC BY NC 2.0 |

There’s a reason Jasper is super famous. Not only is it spectacular, but it’s also photogenic in a classic way that’s been popular for over 100 years.

This is one of those views in Canada that’s probably more famous than the name of the place.

Odds are, even if you’ve never actively sought out what Canada looks like, you’ve seen this sight before, in an iPad commercial, or for Kodak, or for some new HD TV. Named Spirit Island as a nod to the importance of Maligne Lake to the Stoney Nakoda First Nation, Maligne Lake came to national fame after the first European visited in 1908.

Spirit Island is the lake’s most iconic spot, easily. The emerald waters from the glaciers and minerals mixed with the steep mountain slopes framing the little tree-covered island has created a perfectly framed postcard. Really, there’s not much to talk about here, it should be obvious pretty quick why it makes the list.


Located about half-way down on Maligne Lake, Spirit Island is actually more difficult to get to than one might expect, given its fame and how many photos there are of it. Boats are more or less essential to getting to it. There’s a launch at one end of the lake, about an hour out of Jasper. From there you’ll have to paddle or get a ticket on a tour. I suppose hiking is possible, but I don’t see much/any evidence online that people do that on a regular basis and you wouldn’t be able to get to the island (just get photos of it).

If you’re going to take a tour, it’s not cheap (and that’s where most of the complaints are). Tours can be somewhere between $60+ and $100+ per person, and I have no doubt there are more expensive, specialized tours.

I was surprised to see that this was only rated sixth on things to do in the Jasper region, being that I consider it probably the region’s crown jewel, but so it goes on TripAdvisor. For a fun little list of facts about the island, click here. For more on the nuts and bolt about getting there, try this site. Oh, and of course this is part of that UNESCO site.

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