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. 


Best Places to View the Northern Lights in Canada

Check out our round up of some of the best places to view the northern lights in Canada as well as our tour and lodge picks. 

1. Yellowknife, NWT

Yellowknife is an amazing spot for northern lights viewing. The Northwest Territories lie directly beneath the aurora oval; that paired with the cities clear dark nights allow for unobstructed views of the aurora. Check out Aurora Village for tours, lodging, and beautiful teepees or one of the many other tours available.

2. Jasper, AB

Jasper is a beautiful destination for many reasons. Mountains, pristine lakes, ski hills, and way less touristy than it's rocky mountain cousin Banff. Jasper is also home to one of the world's largest dark sky preserves making it an excellent place for stargazing and viewing the northern lights. Every October the park holds a Dark Sky Festival where you can attend both free and ticketed events and workshops. Check out Jasper Planetarium for events and work shops. Be sure to book hotels and events well in advance if you plan to head to Jasper. 

3. Churchill, mt

Churchill is usually known for their polar bars, but the city is a prime location for aurora viewing with the northern lights appearing roughly 300 nights of the year. You can check out the Northern Studies Centre for information about the northern lights and area or book in one of the many tours available in the region for a chance to combine polar bears and auroras in one weekend. If your budget allows stay at one of Churchill Wild's remote cabins for an incredible close up look of Canada's north and it's wildlife. 

4. Fort McMurray, ab

Fort McMurray also lies beneath the aurora oval and is easily accessible with direct flights leaving from many major Canadian cities. You can book a tour or head out to on your own to take in the views. 

5. whitehorse, Yukon

Canada's Yukon Territory is home to an incredible landscape and diverse wildlife that warrant their own reasons to visit, but head to the area in fall or winter and you'll be blessed with sights of the aurora. Most tours are based out of Whitehorse, however you can book an evening out of the city for a stay in cabin or day time dogsledding.