“...There burst upon us… the finest view any of us had ever beheld in the Rockies.”
Schäffer described the sight in comparison to what is now one of the most photographed lakes in the world: “Lake Louise is a pearl, Lake Maligne is a whole string of pearls.”
It wasn’t until a few days later, floating atop the lake from a hand-crafted raft nonetheless, that Schäffer appreciated its full beauty.
“...There burst upon us… the finest view any of us had ever beheld in the Rockies. This was a tremendous assertion, for of that band of six of us, we all knew many valleys in that country, and each counted his miles of travel through them by the thousands.”
As they floated along, fresh vistas unfolded before them—sheer cliffs, dramatic snow-capped mountain peaks, glaciers and a misty waterfall flowing into the lake itself.
Schäffer became likely the first white woman to set eyes on the lake with this trip. She returned again a few years later to survey the lake for the Geographical Board of Canada, already noting the increase in visitors and accessibility to the area.
Today, thousands of people every year lay eyes on Maligne Lake for the first time—an experience that remains unique, memorable and magical to every individual. And while travel methods have evolved from the days of horseback, canvas tents and makeshift rafts, we continue to be awe-inspired by the pure beauty of this area, just as Schäffer was over 100 years ago.
On the Maligne Lake Cruise, you can experience the spirit of Jasper as it takes you across the vast crystal waters to unique spots and corners to see the same beautiful sights that Schäffer did. With any trip to Jasper National Park, you won’t want to miss this breathtaking experience.