Maligne Lake Camping
Maligne Lake has no auto-accessible campgrounds. The closest campgrounds to the lake are in and around the town of Jasper (see Jasper camping), around a 40-minute drive from Maligne Lake.
Those not afraid to rough it, take advantage of two lakeside campgrounds that can only be reached by canoe or kayak. Fisherman’s Bay Campground, 13 kilometres (eight miles) from the end of Maligne Lake Road and just north of Spirit Island, is a three- to six-hour paddle. More remote, Coronet Creek Campground is at the far south end of Maligne Lake, 21 kilometres (13 miles) and a five- to nine-hour paddle from the end of Maligne Lake Road.
Both campgrounds are primitive facilities that require campers be totally self-sufficient. Amenities include pit toilets, bear-proof food storage lockers, and fire grills.
Reservations and Permits
Backcountry camping at Maligne Lake costs is $10 per person per night, or purchase an annual pass ($70), valid for unlimited backcountry travel and camping for 12 months from its purchase date. There is a maximum stay of two nights per party at both campgrounds (for a combined maximum stay of four nights). These Maligne Lake backcountry campgrounds have quotas, with reservations taken up to three months in advance. The reservation fee is $12 per party per trip. and can be made through the Parks Canada backcountry Trail Office at (780) 852-6177. Before heading out, you must stop by the Parks Canada Trail Office at the Park Information Centre (Connaught Dr., 780/852-6176, www.pc.gc.ca, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily in summer, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily the rest of the year), to pick up your permit.