|Travelling the 45kms to Maligne Lake from Jasper we didn't see any wildlife - the day before there were 4 bears seen. Bugger!
The Maligne Lake is a naturally formed lake from glaciers. The lake is glacier fed hence the colour of the water. It's 22kms long and the average depth is 30 meters deep. It freezes every year when the temperature drops to -60 and the lake freezes solid for 4ft. They take the cruise boats out of the water in October and it was frozen solid by November. It only started to thaw on the 3rd June and the whole lake had defrosted in just 3 days.
The 2 glaciers that feed the lake are the Charlton Unwin and Coronet Glaciers.
Maligne Lake is spectacular. It felt very spiritual to me. There was something so calming about it.
We loved this cruise! So pleased we did the landing on Spirit Island and meeting with a guide - it was the first cruise to ever do this package and we learnt lots about the history of the indigenous people.
All the tourist spots here are full of Aussies and Kiwis - they all come over on a 2yr working holiday visa - and they love it!