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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
Access: Maligne Lake
Trailhead: Boat Launch on Maligne Lake
Distance: 21 kilometres on the lake.
Activities: Canoe / Camping
Nancy, Miriam, Larry, Jay, Mike, Al, Dan, Rhonda, Rob, Eddie