Improvement District No. 12, Alberta

Photograph Spirit Island and Maligne Lake

Originally added by Christin Healey

A glacial lake, surrounded by rugged, sometimes snow-capped mountains, with the photogenic Spirit Island accessible only by canoe, kayak, or boat tour. Located in Jasper National Park, there is endless camping, fishing, hiking, and climbing surrounding the area.

Spirit Island in Maligne Lake, is only accessible via canoe, kayak, or boat tour. As it's a 14km paddle to the island with sometimes strong winds, most people opt for the boat tour. If you are an experienced paddler, you can get rent a canoe from here. There is a campsite as well here, if you are interested in check out this adventure.

If you are serious about photographing Spirit Island, you will want to look into their boat tour for photographers. On this trip, you go to Spirit Island when the light is better, and you will also have the place to yourself aside from the small group you are with.

When you get back from the boat, you will have plenty of time to grab some dinner, then scout out a good spot for some sunset/night photography shots. There is a pathway along the lake where you can roam around and find the best spots that work for you. If you can get a small boat in the frame, it will really give your image some perspective as the mountains and lakes are so massive.

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Adult Beverages
Easy Parking
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Picnic Area


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I've only photographed from the Maligne Lake Boathouse but it was incredible. The water was reflection-perfect calm and big clouds hung in the air at sunset. I was surprised no one else was photographing sunset with me. I also spent a day canoeing on the lake and it was amazing; we took the dog and stopped for a picnic along the shore, we saw moose, bald eagle, and even fished some.

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