Families and budding photographers are the beneficiaries, as one of the most popular travel experiences in Canada over the past half century showcases two new themes at Jasper National Park's Maligne Lake.
The Maligne Tours Spirit Island Boat Cruise roster now includes the Family of Explorers and Through the Lens tours, each of which offers customized versions of the traditional journey across spectacular Maligne Lake to captivating Spirit Island, one of the most photographed places in the world. âThese new cruises are a small part of Maligne Tours' development of a new experiential tourism plan for Maligne Lake,â says Spirit Island cruise director Michelle Booth. âThe plan does not impact facilities or the environment at Maligne. Rater, the emphasis is on stories, learning, environmental education and revealing the true nature and heritage associated with the destination.â The plan is being developed in association with leading Canadian experiential tourism developers and is in follow up to Maligne Tours' participation in the industry-leading Edge of the Wedge program at the Gros Morne Institute of Sustainable Tourism at Gros Morne National Park in Newfoundland and Labrador. The two-hour Maligne Lake Family of Explorers Cruise departs daily at 1:30 pm. from July 2 through August 25, featuring interactive story-telling and interpretation tailored to children and families, together with a controlled nature-based scavenger hunt at Spirit Island and on-board snacks. The worldwide fame of Maligne Lake is historically and intrinsically bound to the art of photography; it is believed that more than a billion photographs of Spirit Island have been captured by amateurs and professionals alike, making it arguably the most photographed locale in the Canadian Rockies. Jasper-based professional photographers lead the customized interpretation for the 2 ½ hour Through the Lens Cruise daily at 4:30 p.m. from July 2 through August 25, providing instruction for obtaining the best possible images of nature at its finest. Also learn about famous Rockies photographers William Oliver, James Topley, Byron Harmon, Joe Weiss and Peter Gale and learn about Maligne's influence on Canada's world famous Group of Seven. A modified version of Maligne Lake's popular Heritage Afternoon Tea is served on board. For information, contact Michelle Booth at firstname.lastname@example.org or 1 (780) 852-3370.