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Philip Kuntz / 27 items

N 267 B 3.0K C 72 E Oct 2, 2016 F Apr 7, 2019
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A low perspective on Spirit Island and the box canyon it sits in at the south end of Maligne Lake. The lake was named by
Father Pierre-Jean De Smet, Maligne meaning "wicked or malignant" in French. The harsh winters and turbulent passage of it's outlet to it's confluence with the Athabasca River were probably why he named it so. Seems it should have been called "Magnifique Lake" to me.

"When artist and explorer Mary Schaffer became the first European to lay eyes on Maligne Lake in 1908, she called it “the Hall of Gods,” adding that “if Lake Louise is a pearl, Maligne is the entire pearl necklace.”
The island is a spiritual place for the Stoney Nakoda First Nation, who believe mountains are physical representations of their ancestors. The fact that Spirit Island is surrounded on three sides by the same mountain range is very rare and makes it particularly significant to the Stoney."
re: jasper.travel

Thanks for your visit and for any comments, faves and suggestions!

Tags:   Maligne Lake Spirit Island wicked lake Canadian Rockies Mt. Paul Monkhead Mountain Jasper National Park Jasper Alberta

N 443 B 6.2K C 140 E Oct 2, 2016 F Sep 29, 2018
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In an area with so much grandeur Spirit Island stands out. To stand here is truly a spiritual experience.

Heading out soon for an autumn image hunt. I've got some memory cards to fill. Fun ahead!

Thanks for taking a look. Always appreciated!

Enjoy your Sunday!

Tags:   Spirit Island Maligne Lake Canadian Rockies glacial waters Maligne Lake Cruise Jasper Jasper National Park Alberta Canada Mt. Paul Monkhead mountain

N 316 B 5.7K C 100 E Oct 2, 2016 F Aug 19, 2018
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Looking at Maligne Lake to the left (east) of iconic Spirit Island. A beauty all to itself.

"Maligne Lake takes its name from the French word for malignant or wicked. The name was used by Father Pierre-Jean De Smet (1801–1873) to describe the turbulent river that flows from the lake (in the spring), and soon spread to the lake, canyon, pass, mountain and range. It is also possible that early French traders applied the name to the river for its treacherous confluence with the Athabasca River." Wikipedia

Sure doesn't look wicked to me, IMHO.

Your views, comments, faves and suggestions are always appreciated!

Tags:   Maligne Maligne Lake Wicked Lake glacial waters Spirit Island lakes Jasper Jasper National Park Alberta Canada

N 255 B 4.6K C 43 E Oct 2, 2016 F Jul 26, 2018
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Just some of the mountains seen when one takes the Spirit Island cruise down Maligne Lake. These are on the east side. There is a lot of head swiveling when enjoying this world class cruise. A few more pics below:

Your views, faves and suggestions are always appreciated!

Tags:   Maligne Lake Maligne Lake Cruise Brewster Cruises Spirit Island Cruise Maligne Lake Mountains peaks Jasper Jasper National Park Alberta Canada

N 423 B 6.8K C 112 E Oct 2, 2016 F Jun 3, 2018
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Spirit Island on Jasper National Park's Maligne Lake is one of the most photographed and loved destinations in Canada.

I first saw an image of Spirit Island when I was young. I always yearned to stand here myself and savor the natural wonders that had so impressed me. It was truly a spiritual experience for me when I finally did visit.

According to First Nations mythology, Spirit Island gets its name from two young lovers from feuding tribes who used to meet secretly on the island. However, when the young woman eventually confessed her forbidden affair to her father, one of the tribes’ chiefs, he banned her from ever returning to the island. Heartbroken, her lover continued to return to Spirit Island throughout his life, hoping to see his beautiful lover again. But she never came and he eventually died on the island, where his spirit still resides.

Enjoy a wonderful day!

Tags:   Spirit Island Maligne Lake First Nations two lovers Jasper Jasper National Park Alberta Canada


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