Kayaking to Spirit Island was definitely on my bucket list! The view is breathtaking, the air pure and the kayak journey made it even more worth the effort.
My friend and I set out on the Maligne Lake kayaks without knowing how long our journey would really take. The day was quite gloomy and foggy, which made the mountains quite hidden. Being alone with my friend on the open lake meant for a great day, and a great connection with nature. And that was exactly what happened!
Kayaking to find Spirit Island
Maligne Lake is about 44 km out of the town of Jasper, Alberta, Canada. The lake is 22.5 km long. In a vehicle that doesn’t sound like a long ride, but in a kayak, it sure did take a while! There is another option to take a boat cruise to Spirit Island if you’re not interested in doing the long kayak trip. We on the other hand, were determined to complete the kayak trip and end up at Spirit Island without a bunch of tourists around. We wanted a calm environment to really feel the Spirit in Spirit Island. I always find going on a tour horrible, I hate being around people when I’m trying to enjoy myself. A small group is fine, but in nature, let’s just keep it small.
If you’re thinking of doing this trip, I HIGHLY suggest just grabbing your own kayak from Maligne Lake Kayak and take one out on your own, or with a friend. You’ll want to devote this day to be in complete nature. It’s phenomenally beautiful, quiet, calm and there is so much wildlife to immerse yourself in!
It took us 4 hours to kayak all the way to Spirit Island, we were absolutely exhausted and not looking forward to the journey back. We spent some time at Spirit Island enjoying the absolute peace and quiet, there was no one out there but us and the animals, it was wonderful! Not going to lie, the view without the fog would have been absolutely amazing. The way back took us as little over 4 hours, and being blessed with the presence of a wild moose having a drink was a great way to end the day. It was probably one of the coolest wildlife experiences I have encountered because we met the moose in its natural habitat.
So I’m not going to lie when I say the kayak trip to Spirit Island is a little bit too long for my liking. Perhaps because I’m not a fast kayaker, but holy crap we just about died when we got to the end. I’d suggest doing this kayak trip if your super keen and realize it’s about an 8 hour trip total. If you’re not interested in that, take the boat tour!