Maligne Lake, Jasper

Maligne Lake is Jasper's version of Banff's Moraine and Lake Louise. All three are truly iconic with their stunning turquoise waters contrasted against lush forest, the Canadian Rockies, and that crisp fresh air. It doesn't matter how many times you have visited these spots or how many photos you see, there's still something magical about these locations that leave you in awe every single time. 

You can explore the area by driving the scenic Maligne Lake Drive, taking a tour, renting a canoe, or hiking the surrounding area. Definitely prepare to spend a good portion of your day in the area as you'll want to stop off at Maligne Canyon on the way so be sure to pack a lunch to enjoy at the lake. 

Maligne's famed Spirit Island is actually located 14 km up the lake and can only be reached by water. It's best to book a boat tour to take you to the island however, you can alternatively paddle your way there by renting a canoe if your up for the journey. 


Snoqualmie Falls Trail

Location: Snoqualmie, WA

Distance: 2.3 km

Time: 1 hr

Difficulty: Easy

Elevation: 76 m 

Highlights: A view of the base of the falls

Trailhead: Behind the giftshop and visitor centre along the walkway; look for kiosk with a map.


Part of Snoqualmie Falls popularity is due in part to cult favourite, Twin Peaks, which features the falls and hotel throughout the series as the setting of The Great Northern. You can view the falls from viewing platforms and walkways along the edge of the hotel and river, but for a more unique perspective follow the trail down to the base of the river. The trail is more of a quick nature walk than hike, and can become quite crowded, but the views are well worth it. The trail quickly descends down the river where you will pass a lower parking lot and continue onto a boardwalk along the river. Getting that classic view on the rocks of Snoqualmie Falls requires hopping the guardrails of the boardwalk; while many people do it it's not recommend as the rocks and be slippery and water levels can rise unpredictably. Venture at your own discretion. When you're done head to North Bend and grab a slice of cherry pie at the Double R, or Twedes Cafe. Check out our trip to Snoqualmie Falls here.

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