Exploring Maligne Lake by River Cruise

There are some experiences that provide you with a completely new vantage point of a destination that you’ve seen many times before – the Lake Louise Cruise to Spirit Island is one of those experiences.

If you’re like us, you’ve been to the lake on multiple occasions, through different seasons and enjoyed the brightly colored turquoise water, and covered in snow during the winter months, but travelling with young children made it difficult to venture out very far on the lake with kayaks and canoes that can be rented from the boat rental shop on the shore.

What should you expect during the cruise?

The Maligne Lake Cruise is a ninety-minute experience that brings you out on the water, to Spirit Island and gives you views along the way that you wouldn’t be able to otherwise easily experience with young children.

After picking up our tickets from the ticket office, we boarded the ferry with about thirty other guests, and in addition to the views, tour guides provided an interpretive experience throughout the ride.

We spent most of the boat ride to Spirit Island outdoors with our most adventurous kiddo, but it was easy enough of a ride to be out there with a toddler. Upon arrival at the island, the Spirit Island trail is short enough to traverse in the twenty minutes you spend at the location. You can walk through the interpretive trail, get a vantage point from above and make your way back aboard the boat for the ride back to Maligne Lake launch.

Tip // Choose a seat with a window that opens if you’re travelling with a kid that’s a little apprehensive about spending time on the deck of the boat during the cruise.

Is the Maligne Lake Cruise kid-friendly?

Not only were we free to get up and enjoy the cruise outdoors, on the back deck of the boat, but the local guides were incredible at answering any questions that the kids had for them, and on the way back they allowed them to steer the boat and become the ‘Captain’ – a highlight of the trip for the kids.

Tip: Though the cruise is a bit of a splurge, you can save money by advance booking, and children under the age of five are free of charge. The cruise is $72 for adults, and $36 for children between the ages of 6 and 15.

Learn more about the Maligne Lake River Cruise