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Thursday, 28 February 2013

From Jasper's Icefields to Maligne Lake: A Panorama of Majestic Colors - Page 3

Written by Habeeb Salloum
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With the departure from Spirit Island our exploration of Maligne Lake ended.  We had come to see why within the Jasper area, there is no competition in the beauty of its setting.   After our tour, the saying that “once you have seen it, Maligne Lake will forever hold a place in your mind” seemed appropriate.

That night, comfortable in our 4-star Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge in the town of Jasper, I reminisced about our tour of the Maligne Valley and Lake.  It had been a fulfilling experience.  The sky reaching mountains and surrounding vistas, the colorful lake with its disappearing water and Spirit Island with its romantic legends all made the tour worthwhile and a destination anyone would want to explore more than once.


©Habeeb Salloum

Picture credits (c) Jasper Tourism



How to Get There:

The town of Jasper is situated about the same distance from Calgary and Edmonton, Alberta's capital—about a five hour drive.  Both have excellent air, road and rail connections.  Also, there are good rail and bus connections with Jasper.  However, the ideal way to travel through Jasper National Park is to rent an auto and explore the park.  The roads inside the park are excellent and the viewpoint sites are endless.  In addition, there are excursions offered from both Calgary and Edmonton.


Important Sites, Not Mentioned, to See in and Around Jasper:

Jasper Tramway, the longest and highest guided aerial tramway in Canada.  It transports one to Jasper National Park’s alpine tundra where there are unprecedented views, six mountain ranges, glacial fed lakes, the Athabasca River and the scenic town of Jasper. 

Miette Hot Springs, about 60 km (37 mi) east of Jasper.  At 53º C, they are the hottest mineral springs in the Rockies. However, their waters are cooled to 40º and chlorinated for bathers.

Pyramid Mountain and Pyramid Lakes, just 8 km (5 mi) from the heart of town, it is well worth the trip just to view the beauty of the two lakes in the shadow of the towering Pyramid Mountain.


Top Place to Stay In Jasper:

The Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge—the hotel, spreading along the curve of Lac Beauvert, a short distance from town, incorporates a golf course and combines the ultimate in luxury with tranquillity and natural beauty.  A village unto itself, it consists of lavish log cabins and cedar chalets.  1 Old Lodge Road, Jasper, Alberta, Canada T0E 1E0.  Tel: TOLL FREE: 1(866) 540-4454  or (780) 852-3301.  Fax: (780) 852-5107.  E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  Website:


Some Interesting Tours to Take From Jasper:

Jasper Adventure Centre offers these tours: Maligne Valley, Canyon and Lake Tour—cost with boat cruise $109. 

Miette Hot Springs and Watchable Wildlife Tour  $74. 

The Columbia Icefields Tour from Jasper $129.  Toll Free: 1-800-565-7547.

Maligne Tours Ltd., specialize in tours to the Maligne Valley, Canyon and Lake—cost with boat cruise $103.95.  


For Further Information Contact:

Tourism Jasper, P.O. Box 568, Jasper, Alberta, Canada TOE 1EO. Tel: (780) 852-6236 Website:





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