Welcome to Jasper National Park. Marilyn stood with the sun on her face – enjoying a pretty spectacular view: “One of my most favourite photos from Spirit Island at Maligne Lake, September of 2011″. Even if you have never been to this particular spot, you have most likely seen it on a postcard. It is said to be the most famous photograph of the Rocky Mountains. Drive 48 kms from the town of Jasper, and take the 90 minute cruise called “best boat tour in Canada”.
DID YOU KNOW? Maligne Lake was well known to the First Nations People in the area, including Samson Beaver who knew it as Chaba Imne (Beaver Lake). He drew the first map of the lake and showed the route to an American woman Mary Schaffer in 1907. A year later, Samson Beaver made it possible for Mary Schaffer, Mary Adams and guides Billy Warren & Sid Unwin, to reach the lake from Lake Louise. When Mary and her crew arrived at the lake, they nicknamed their raft HMS Chaba and explored the unimaginable beauty. About 5 years later in 1911 Mary Schaffer came back and named several of the mountains and peaks .. one in honour of Samson and one in honour of his wife Leah.
Maligne Lake, as well as Maligne River, Maligne Mountain, and Maligne Pass, takes its name from the French word for malignant or wicked. The name was used by a man of the cloth Father Pierre-Jean De Smet. He spent time in the area in the late 18hundreds and used the word to describe the turbulent river that flows from the lake (in the spring), – the description soon spread to the lake, canyon, pass, mountain and range.
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