100 Places | Canada | Travel

№ 9 – Spirit Island, Alberta, Canada

April 29, 2014

You don’t have to have the abil­i­ty to walk on water to get to Spir­it Island by foot from the main­land. You could just sim­ply walk there. But you prob­a­bly don’t want to do that or you would make a whole bunch of tourists angry for ruin­ing their pic­tures of one of the most pho­tographed spots in the Cana­di­an Rock­ies.

You can only get to Spir­it Island by tak­ing the Maligne Lake boat tour (well, you could prob­a­bly hike there but it might take a while). The boat tour was a lit­tle pricey but I guess the beau­ti­ful scenery we saw dur­ing the tour made it worth it. 

We had to sit around wait­ing for our boat for quite a while. I remem­ber us mak­ing some stu­pid videos while wait­ing because we were bored. There wasn’t real­ly much to do there oth­er­wise. Well, we could’ve rent­ed a canoe or a kayak, but that would’ve been redun­dant. At least the sur­round­ing view was pret­ty.

Spir­it Island is locat­ed on Maligne Lake with­in Jasper Nation­al Park, which is one of my favourite Cana­di­an nation­al parks. If you have to choose between Jasper and Banff Nation­al Parks to vis­it, go for Jasper. You won’t regret it! It’s just as beau­ti­ful but not as touristy. Too bad it’s about four hours away from where we will be in June.

1 Comment

  1. Wow, what a phan­tas­tic pic­ture from a phan­tas­tic area. I’m just look­ing for vis­it­ing canada next year and spir­it island will be one of our points of inter­est.
    :-)
    Greet­ings from Ger­many
    Wolf­gang

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