When travelling, we try to avoid most of the tourist tours but sometimes you have very little choice if you want to see something. Spirit Island is located far into Maligne Lake in Jasper National Park in Alberta, Canada. You can reach it by yourself in a canoe or by boat via a tourist tour. However the canoe trip will take you about three days in total. Our itinerary just didn’t allow for three days of paddling. But the last time we were there we had opted not to go to Spirit Island and this time we really wanted to see it. On the very last day of our stay in Jasper we decided to take the tour even with the clouds coming in quite rapidly. We had wanted to go the day before but it was raining then, so this was our last chance.
Seeing the iconic Rocky Mountain vista for the first time was awe inspiring, but being there with 50 other tourists diminished the feeling a bit. Luckily tourists are very predictable creatures and all raced to the point where the typical post-card view of Spirit Island is taken. Sure, I have images from that point as well, but I decided to spend most of my time level to the lake shore. It’s a very different view of the wrongly named island (it’s a peninsula as you can see) but to me it’s a more realistic representation of this gorgeous place. It’s not the fairy-tale beauty, it’s real beauty. I prefer the latter.
Multi-shot panoramic image processed in Adobe Photoshop & Lightroom
Canon 5D MkII at 24mm, 1/200s at f22, ISO800
Maligne Lake, Jasper National Park, Alberta, Canada
Actual Print Sizes:
40×60 = 23×60
50×75 = 29×75
60×90 = 34×90