Nestled in a ring of towering mountains, Maligne Lake is the largest glacially fed lake in the Canadian Rockies. Here you’ll discover world-famous Spirit Island, the crown jewel of Jasper National Park.

The Maligne Lake Cruise is an experience like no other. This interpretive tour has been declared the “Best Boat Cruise in Canada” by 8 million Reader’s Digest subscribers. You’ll be inspired by the beauty of Maligne Lake’s vibrant blue waters and by the stunning lofty peaks as you cruise to Spirit Island, a world-famous destination accessible only by boat.

The Maligne Lake Cruise has seven tour boats operating seasonally from May through October, but that’s not the only activity at the lake. From canoeing and afternoon tea to hiking and unrivalled photographic opportunities, the lake and surrounding area offer endless options for adventure and relaxation. Be sure to visit the Maligne Lake Day Lodge for gorgeous views and tasty snacks and beverages.

New for 2017! We have a new extended cruise option with our Premium Cruise. Get all the same features as our Classic Cruise with additional time for photos and adventure. Find our more about our cruise experience options

AGES 6-15 $33*
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Make the Most Out Of Your Visit

Perfect Timing
The best time to visit Maligne Lake is after 2:00 pm. This gives you the opportunity to beat the crowds and increases your chance of wildlife sightings on your way back to Jasper.
Through the Lens Cruise
Join the 2.5-hour Through the Lens Cruise and let our onboard local professional photographer assist you with taking epic wilderness shots of your own. On your return trip, a wine and cheese reception will be served on. Book Now »
Canoe & Kayak Rentals
During summer, chart your own course by canoe, rowboat or sea kayak. Overnight rentals are available for three backcountry shoreline campsites at Fisherman’s Bay and Coronet Creek. 
Local Day Hikes
The Maligne Lake area offers a variety of trails for a variety of abilities, including: Bald Hills Fire Road | Opal Hills Loop | Mary Schäffer Loop (Lake Trail) | Moose Lake Loop | Maligne Pass Trail | Mona & Lorraine Lakes Trail (first section of the Skyline Trail)
Maligne Lake Day Lodge & View Restaurant
Visit the licensed View Restaurant for tasty meals, baked goods, hiking snacks and refreshing beverages. Relax on the sunny deck and take in one of the most famous views in the Canadian Rockies. Open from May 18 to October 2. Learn more »
Maligne Lake Sightseeing Tours
Let us drive while you explore the best of Jasper. Join a sightseeing tour that includes the Maligne Lake Cruise, Maligne Canyon and other Jasper sights. Explore Jasper »

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Hours & Rates

Hours & Rates

2017 Seasonal Rates
Save 10% when you book in advance*
Adults (age 16+) $65.00 $72.00 $94.00
Child (age 6-15) $33.00 $36.00 $47.00
Infant (age 0-5) Free Free Free

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  • *Advanced Booking is 48 hrs+ before arrival. Some restrictions may apply.
  • Rates do not include GST. 
  • All prices are subject to change at any time without notice.
2017 Operating Hours
Classic Cruise
May 20* - Jun 4 Daily departures every hour on the hour 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM
Jun 5 - Jun 30 Daily departures every hour on the hour 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Jul 1- Aug 31 Daily departures every hour on the hour,
plus 4:45 PM, & 5:30 PM
10:00 AM to 5:30 PM
Sep 1 - Oct 9 Daily departures every hour on the hour 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Premium Cruise
May 20* - Jun 21 Daily departures 11:30 AM, 2:30 PM
Jun 22 - Aug 31 Daily departures 11:30 AM, 2:30 PM, 3:30 PM
Sep 1 - Oct 9 Daily departures 11:30 AM, 2:30 PM

  • To make a reservation, please call us at 1-866-606-6700
  • *Weather Dependent
  • Please allow approximately one and a half hours for the Classic Cruise and two hours for the Premium Cruise; we recommend you arrive at the ticket office 30 minutes prior to cruise.
  • Rates and hours of operation subject to change without notice.
  • Availability is on a first-come, first-serve basis and specific departure times cannot be guaranteed without pre-purchased tickets.
  • Attraction tickets are non-refundable.


Getting Here

GPS Coordinates:
Driving here in a car with GPS? Enter the following coordinates into your GPS unit: Latitude 52°72869 N and Longitude -117°64149 W.
Maligne Lake, Jasper National Park
From the east end of the town site of Jasper, follow highway 16 east for 3 km and take the turnoff for Maligne Lake Road to the right, proceed over the iron bridge across the Athabasca river, stay left at the fork in the road and then proceed for 48 km until you arrive at Maligne Lake. Watch for “animal jam” slowdowns. When you reach the Maligne Lake area the first public parking lot is to the left. After parking, follow the short trail through a grove of trees to Maligne Lake, the ticket office, boathouse, Day Lodge, and the Historic Chalet.

Tip: Near the beginning of the Maligne Lake Road is Maligne Canyon, which is a very popular and rewarding hike. If you have a cruise time booked at Maligne Lake, we recommend enjoying the canyon hike on your return trip to Jasper, so you don’t miss your cruise!

No car? No worries!

Explore Rockies Tours provides the Explore Jasper sightseeing tour from Jasper Townsite to Maligne Lake on a luxury motorcoach; exploring and giving insightful commentary about the history, geology and ecology of the region. Stop to photograph the stunning scenery and wildlife with stops at Maligne Canyon, Medicine Lake and the Athabasca Lookout.

Looking for the Maligne Valley Hikers Shuttle?

Contact Explore Rockies at 1-866-606-6700 to reserve.

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