Things to do, and points of interest. Regular tours are available to access the valley bottom. A guide will safely tour you around with interpretive knowledge.
We do however, have to wait till the weather to get cooler so it can freeze the canyon bottom and the surrounding seepage which creates the wonderful frozen ice falls.
A cave that is normally under water in the summer is revealed, caution is advised if you are thinking of venturing in. It is not maintained and it not recommended if you do not know what you are doing.
The tall canyon walls are spectacular and wondrous, this area should be a place to see when you visit Jasper in the Winter.
If the canyon is not ready for walking on, you can still walk above from the Tea house down to Fifth or Sixth bridge.
This place is great to visit year round, so explore this area the next time you visit.
Cross-country skiing is fantastic in the Maligne Lake area, you can travel 22km south on the lake when the condition is right. Alpine is also reachable on the Bald Hill trail. Or even do some multi-day tours with the Six route pass or the Skyline trail.
Is it going to closed for the winter?
We are heading to a point where Parks Canada is trying to reduce traffic to this area. Due to the Caribou’s decline in the area, Parks is trying to completely deny any visitors here for the winter seasons. Here is a link to get the facts from the Parks Canada view. http://www.pc.gc.ca/pn-np/ab/jasper/ne/apactions-bcactions.aspx
More and more access will be denied to us, what do you think about this? Let us know.
I have done this trail twice now and both times in harsh weather. I was waiting to go again so I can get some updated photos for you. Here are some details of the Skyline Trail for all of you that are interested in this spectacular hike.
There are about seven campsites on this trail, Evelyn Creek 5.2km (distance will list from Maligne Lake Trailhead), Little Shovel Pass 8.1km, Snow Bowl 11.8km, Watchtower 21.5 (this campsite is off the main path, and can be access by the Maligne Lake road just before Medicine Lake 10.3km), Curator 20.4km, Tekarra 30.1km, Signal 35.7km then another 8.5km down to the road. Booking campsites for this popular trail is a must and well in advance.
Be prepared for this trek as the weather changes are frequent and unpredictable. These photos were taken years ago and it was all in one long 12 hour day. If you think you are unable to hike this trail, try going by horseback with a local outfitter, and their access is from the Athabasca valley side by the way of Wabasso Lake.
Maligne Lake is one of the lakes that you can go fishing in Jasper National Park, where the scenery is as beautiful as the sport of Fishing. The weather was hot this particular day and it was about time, as this year started out cold and it seemed that El Nina was going to make Jasper a frigid summer. To get back to the fishing tale on Maligne Lake, some good friends were up from Sherwood Park for a visit and of course, some fishing. We picked up our National Parks fishing permit (provincial fishing permits are not valid in National Parks) the day before at a local sport shop and got a tip from the vendor that Maligne Lake was the hot spot to be!
We were going to go there anyhow, so it just made us happier to go there. We (Perry, Kim, Gord and I) picked up our snacks for the outing in the morning and headed off to the lake. The bonus was Perry and Kim had their own canoe and electric motor (gas powered motors are not allowed on Maligne Lake) and Gord had his “Rainbow Warrior”, a finely crafted 19 foot cedar strip canoe with all the fixings. This eliminated us in renting any gear that is available at the local shops. Or you can hire a fishing guide that will supply all the necessary gear, I had the pleasure of getting a seat in the Rainbow Warrior with an experience guide (Gord).
This fishing trip was not an ordinary one as most fisherman / women knows that early morning and late evening is the time that the fishes bite. Putting in at around 10:00am is just a wee bit late, but nevertheless, we were determined to catch some fine trout. Gord led the way to a secret spot where the fishes were just waiting to take a bite in our hooks. Who knows which one of us had the first bite. As I fumbled with some of my archaic lures (lead and live bait is not allowed, and barbless recommended) and tried some that just did not work for me, so I ask Gord for one of his special lure (can’t tell ya, going have to.… you) and sure enough, BAM! I got a bite!
We were pulling them in and there was Kim pulling in her first one and asking Perry, “can I let him go?” after releasing the fish she says, “alright I’m done fishing!” Ahh, to be satisfied with just one catch, such a refreshing thought. We laughed and baked in the sun. We have all release one or two by now, but kept trolling. Then suddenly, Gord lands a two to three pound Brook Trout. (Did I mention this is a tale?) After taking a photo of this trout, Gord says “looks too good to keep…he’s a breeder” and my mouth dropped as he releases it back into the water.
I usually like to keep the fish I catch, because it taste so good up here and specially if they are big ones. But today was just catch and release day, good friends and beautiful sunny day.