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Spirit Island-Photo by Bernd Thaller
Spirit Island-Photo by Bernd Thaller

Spirit Island is an amazing little shooting gem tucked away in Maligne Lake, in the Samson Narrows. In spring, with melting snow and heavy rains, it’s possible for the water levels to be high enough to cut the island off from the shore. The rest of the year, it’s connected to shore. Spirit Island sits in the heart of what’s called a “box canyon”—a narrow canyon with a flat bottom and vertical walls. Access to the island is extremely limited due to its geography. It’s in on a remote shore in a cold lake surrounded by high peaks and glaciers, 14 km from the docks at Home Bay. It’s hard to get to—paddling on your own can take four hours each way! There are many scenic boat trips that tour Maligne Lake and highlight this beautiful view. Late afternoon at Spirit Island is the best time for photography. As the sun moves west across the sky, it can seem to sign straight on the island like a spotlight by around 4 pm (depending on the time of the summer). (Jasper National Park, Alberta, Canada)

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