Text & Photography By Christopher Hawkins
Spirit Island is one of the most iconic locations in Alberta despite its small size. Emerald waters, pristine conifers and rugged snow-capped peaks surround the island.
The box canyon where Maligne Lake resides was named the “Hall of the Gods” by Mary Schaffer, the first European to discover the lake in 1908.
However, the island itself has been a site of spiritual significance to the native Nakoda people long before European settlers arrived.
Reaching the island is no small endeavour, requiring a 30-mile drive from Jasper on Maligne Lake Road to the dock, and then travelling by boat for 8.7 miles to the final destination.