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Cross-country Skiing Hidden Cove

The con­di­tions in ear­ly Feb­ru­ary at Maligne Lake was quite hor­rid. To intro­duce cross-coun­try ski­ing to a friend was cru­el on this trip. Not sure how the con­di­tions are right now, so let us know by com­ment­ing below.

The ski gang
The ski gang

A lit­tle trip to the fair­ly new “Hid­den Cove” camp/rest area on Maligne lake was achieved by cross coun­try ski on crusty, wind swept and icy con­di­tions, nev­er­the­less it was still a great day to go out and get some fresh air. This camp area has a shel­ter, four tent spots and equipped with bear proof lock­ers. We sus­pect this is going to be a busy camp­site since it is only 4km from the Maligne docks.

Cross-country ski, Maligne Lake
Cross-coun­try ski, Maligne Lake
Old burn forest
Old burn for­est
Old burn forest
Old burn for­est

Just start­ing out on cross-coun­try ski­ing, this day was not the best con­di­tions to learn on. we will have to try again.

Anthony on Cross-country ski
Antho­ny on Cross-coun­try ski

note: Bald Hills access will be open­ing soon at the end of Feb­ru­ary and dogs are pro­hib­it­ed, so no more exer­cis­ing your pet there, you’ll have to leave them home. There is a dog sit­ting ser­vice in Jasper, will list link below.

dog skier
The lake in the win­ter might be the only time the dogs are allowed in this area
Ski parting shot
Ski part­ing shot

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Coronet Creek Adventure

Coronet Creek Camping

I was a lit­tle hes­i­tant in writ­ing about this trip, because I want­ed to keep it secret from the mass vis­i­tors to the area. Real­iz­ing that the best expe­di­tions can­not be hid­den away. This trip con­sist of water­crafts (canoes & sea kayaks) of human pow­er. The length of Maligne Lake is approx­i­mate­ly 22 kilo­me­tres long and Coro­net Creek camp­site is at the south end of the Lake. Need­less to say it is a long pad­dle down, if you can afford to rent the elec­tric motor­ized ver­sion (no gas pow­ered motors allowed) at var­i­ous places in Jasper, you can relax and enjoy the scenic ride.
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There is some­thing about pack­ing all your gear and being self suf­fi­cient for a cou­ple of days in the wilder­ness. This par­tic­u­lar trip start­ed with a thun­der and light­ing show min­utes before we arrived at the put-in. The weath­er seemed to clear up, so off we went on our annu­al trip down the lake. We chose not to stop and camp at Fish­er­mans Bay (approx­i­mate­ly 14 km south) this time around, so the trip only need­ed three days and two nights, main­ly due to work rea­sons. Only two camp­sites are on this lake and only eight tent pads per site, so reser­va­tions are a must. Pick up per­mits at the Parks infor­ma­tion build­ing in Jasper.
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Lets get back to the weath­er as this played an impor­tant role on this out­ing. Giv­ing thanks to Moth­er Nature at first, great tail wind that pushed us along to the nar­rows and then the dread­ful head­wind that fol­lowed. The sky was over­cast and the the waves were start­ing to rise, and the tour boats that roam up and down the lake added to the wakes. Still in good spir­its, some of us were wor­ried about the waves, so we took refuge at sev­er­al spots along the lake. There is some day use areas with fire pits if you had to stay out of the water. Real­iz­ing the weath­er was not going to let up we ven­tured onwards to Coro­net Creek.
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The kayak­ers got there first and we canoeists soon fol­lowed. Six and a half-hours since we put-in, we final­ly arrived, a shout of joy and a shout for BEER! After quench­ing our thirst, tents and tarps went up fair­ly quick­ly as a storm was approach­ing. We pad­dled across the bay to pick up drift­wood and dead­falls for the camp­fire. It was sad to see that ear­li­er campers had left cans in the pits. A beau­ti­ful place and quite a bit of work to get here and still not enough respect for the area. OH well, I digress.
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Noth­ing like a well-earned meal by the fire with the tarps over our heads and the rain pour­ing down, yet we still man­aged to stay dry. Morn­ing came quick, the dis­cus­sion about whose tents stayed dry and whose snor­ing was loud­er was the top­ic. The rain did not let up, but that did not stop Mike, Dan and Al from a hike to Coro­net Glac­i­er. The rest of us stayed by the camp under the tarp and wished the next day would bring good weath­er. No such luck. The war­den came by in the morn­ing to con­firm the bad news, head­wind and snow all the way back home!
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Why did we ven­ture here? Well, after five to six beau­ti­ful lucky years, we were bound to have one crap­pie weath­er canoe / camp trip. Coro­net Creek, still a mag­i­cal place even if you can’t see the moun­tain tops. Just be pre­pared and make the most out of it.

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Access: Maligne Lake

Park­ing: Yes

Trail­head: Boat Launch on Maligne Lake

Dis­tance: 21 kilo­me­tres on the lake.

Activ­i­ties: Canoe / Camp­ing


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The Cast:
Nan­cy, Miri­am, Lar­ry, Jay, Mike, Al, Dan, Rhon­da, Rob, Eddie

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Maligne Lake

Locat­ed in the majes­tic Maligne Val­ley, this exquis­ite lake is the sec­ond largest glac­i­er-fed lake in the Rock­ies, stretch­ing 22km(14 mi.). A one-and-a-half hour boat cruise will take you past glac­i­er-stud­ded moun­tains peaks to world-famous Spir­it Island.

Mt. Paul overlooking Coronet Creek
Mt. Paul over­look­ing Coro­net Creek

Mt. Paul

Riding on Maligne Lake - Jasper
Rid­ing to Spir­it Island

Bik­ing on Maligne Lake

Maligne Lake - Fishing - Jasper
Back­ing the trail­er to drop the freighter canoe

Fish­ing on Maligne

Opal Hills - Jasper
Birds eye view of Maligne Lake

Opal Hills

Canoe Camping - Coronet Creek - Jasper
Coro­net Creek — Jasper

Coro­net Creek

Try your hand at guid­ed fish­ing, hik­ing, horse­back rid­ing, and white­wa­ter raft­ing. The start­ing point of both the clas­sic Sky­line Trail, a spec­tac­u­lar three day hike that takes you 45km over the Maligne Range to a max­i­mum ele­va­tion of 2490m, and the Maligne Pass Trail, a three day hike to km72 on the Ice­fields Park­way.  Superb cross-coun­try ski­ing and Tele­mark ski­ing in the win­ter.   Restau­rant and shop­ping facil­i­ties are sea­son­al.


Access: From Jasper, head South, Maligne Lake road, 55km

Park­ing: Yes

Trail­head: To sev­er­al great hikes and ski tracks

Dis­tance: Short Walk

Activ­i­ties: Sights / Hik­ing / Camp­ing / Bik­ing / Ski­ing / Fish­ing / Boat­ing


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Moose Loop

Part of the six pass route, this loop is open year round and it mean­ders near Maligne Lake. Great for all ages to explore the woods and per­haps take a pic­nic along the shores of the lake.

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New signs are post­ed, this was in 2013
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Grey Jay, they can get pret­ty friend­ly, don’t feed them though
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Ducks of many species live here
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Wild grass along the banks
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Mir­ror reflec­tions
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Sam­son peak in the back­ground
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Invit­ing calm lake

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In the win­ter, this loop is groomed cross coun­try ski track. Depend­ing if Parks want to groom this or not.

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