Fisherman's Bay at Sunset
Fisherman's Bay is a well stocked outlet in Alberta's glacial fed Maligne Lake. The bay is generally calm and full of reflection - except for every quarter hour between 9 and 6 when the Spirit Island Tour Boats blast their wake into the bay. As night falls on one of the longest nights of the the year, they day's heavy cloud cover clears and the sun lights up the trees along the bay's shore.
Maligne Lake has its two iconic photos - Spirit Island, made famous for a photo hung in a rail station in Manhattan, and Curly's Boathouse (Curly the man responsible for the well stocked lake). But along its 45 kilometre shoreline where few ever visit there are other iconic Canadian sights - A healthy forest of spurce reflecting into a glacier lake, Deep glacial bowls forming the edge of the lake at its far end, Streams flowing clear, clean water from the mountain peaks.
If you have the opportunity to paddle the lake, take it up. It's one of Jasper's great treasures and the only way to get to know the lake is to paddle along its shores. Unlike many other lakes in the mountain parks, there is no lakeshore trail to hike.
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