We debated over whether or not to do the $50+ cruise on Maligne Lake, which is located approximately one hour out of Jasper, Alberta. It is dubbed the number one attraction in Canada ( advertising technique? There is a lot of other spectacular things to do in Canada as well) but we had already spent a small fortune riding in gondolas and white water rafting.
The drive out to Maligne Lake from Jasper is picturesque, stopping on the way at Maligne Canyon and Medicine Lake for views and the compulsory photographs. Maligne Lake from the shore is stunning, with its far off glaciers, mountains and historical boat shed. Curiosity got the better of our money and we paid for the cruise, which motors up the long lake for 40 minutes or so to the famous ‘Spirit Island’ – which is actually an isthmus (love that word) and coined as the most photographed view in Canada.
So the verdict; it was amazing – the views from the boat and the stop off point at Spirit Island are magnificent, even on a cloudy day. The cruise is peaceful and the commentary informative and light-hearted. Still not sure if it worth the price tag, make sure you bundle your attractions to save money, with white water rafting and the Jasper tramway.