Finally got to snowshoe along Maligne Lake. I don’t make the journey up to Maligne Lake often but when I do I always wonder why I don’t do it more often. Family Day it seemed to line up just right – good weather, good roads, available time and good company to join me.
During the summer months dogs are not allowed on the sub alpine or alpine trails that surround Maligne Lake due to caribou habitat so its not an area that is on my mind much, but in winter and the lake is frozen dogs are allowed on the lake. With this new found information Stop Nothing But TIme (make sure you check out her write up as well) and I load into the truck with my two crazy Labs, day packs and our beloved snowshoes – watch for a future post about snowshoeing with dogs.
Upon arrival to the lake there are two different parking lots. The first parking lot is located on the east side of the lake and is the main parking lot with easy access to the lake tours in the summer. We chose to park in the second parking lot on the west side of the lake where you will find access to to popular trails boat launch and an outhouse for your use.
All geared up we hit the lake with no set destination in mind. At around 2.5kms I am in need of a rest. Clearly I am out of shape. Even though the lake has a dense snow pack it is still tough going. We have a snack and a drink, then continue on. At 4.0kms you come across a giant rock which I hear is just amazing in the summer as it protrudes out of the crystal clear water but in the winter it makes a great sun reflector and wind barrier.
If you have never been up to Maligne Lake I can not suggest it enough. Weather you come up and take a boat ride in the summer or enjoy the frozen lake for a snowshoe, ski or even a fat-bike ride this area will not disappoint.
How to get there…
1.8 Kms turn Right onto Maligne Lake Road/Jasper Park Lodge, once over the bridge you will get to Y in the road stay left
44kms to get to Maligne Lake
Drive time : 1 hr drive
Follow Hwy 16 for 74kms
Turn right onto Maligne Lake Road/Jasper Park Lodge, once over the bridge you will get to Y in the road stay left
44kms to get to Maligne Lake
Drive time : 2 hours
You may want to factor in some extra time as the drive up the valley is beautiful and you may find yourself stopping for photos along the way
What you should know before you go…
Pets are allowed on the Lake and a couple of the small trails beside the lake. Make sure you review the maps carefully, speak with tourist information before you decide to venture off the lake with your pet.
There are 4 different trails to choose from in the winter months ranging in difficulty and length. Parks Canada has a great website with all the trail information.
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Facts about Maligne Lake
- Length – 22.3 km
- Minimum – maximum width – 100m to 2km
- Maximum depth – 96m
- Total volume of water – 792 200 000m3
- Average water temperature – 4°C / 39°F