We did the Maligne Lake Cruise as part of a mediocre "Maligne Valley Wildlife and Waterfalls Tour & Cruise" from Maligne Tours Ltd., so didn't have to do the driving ourselves. On the way back, we did come across a small group of bighorn sheep, including a lamb, that seemed tamed- they would gather around the window of stopped cars to get a feed. Still cute and probably the highlight.
Anyway, I thought I'd post this review with photos to illustrate the lake on a bad weather day in Sept.- just for something different. The cruise itself is suppose to be $55 and 80min long, with 10min at Spirit Island. That's right- only 10min! If it weren't for the fact that it was snowing, windy and raining so badly that we were freezing, I'd definitely be complaining about how there wasn't enough time allowed on the Island. As it were, a few of the older tourists, including my parents, didn't even bother getting out of the boat and we couldn't see the spectacular mountain vistas at all. The weather did clear a bit near the end of our trip and what I could see of the scenery was nice enough. The guides were young and friendly, but they did push for tips and didn't look too happy when they received little. Why is Spirit Island so special? We were told that no-one even knows why it was so named. Maybe alcohol was secretly stashed away here during Prohibition or maybe there's a ghost child there. Still, if the weather had been clear and we saw the Island in all its glory, we might've been content.
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