Unloading the Sargent Boys van at Maligne Lake in Jasper National Park. The weather is a bit dicey but this kept the crowds away from this popular lake.
Kuba takes a swim in the glacial lake, brrrr. For the rest of us, cleanliness was not worth that much.
Maligne Lake. We will head into the cirque of glacial mountains up ahead.
Loaded up and ready to go.
Kuba and Karel near the start. Shortly after this picture, we were hit by a wind storm and big waves. We battled our way across the lake.
Hiding from the wind and rain storm. Normally it takes 2 1/2 hours to reach the first camp (23km). We battle 2 hours and make it only about 7km. We hid here for 3 hours until the wind died off and let us continue paddling.
Kuba and Karina looking blue from the tarp. It's a bit cold.
The wind died down and we loaded up again.
We still have wind but now its turned into a tail wind! (around 5pm it switched).
Then it starts raining. Rain, rain, rain. We make it into the first camp and set up camp in the rain.
Home for 2 nights. This is the mid-lake camp. The tarp was great at it was really pouring when we set up camp and this kept the camp dry.
The good old Canadian fire. After having a burn ban on Murtle Lake, it was great to be able to have a fire on Maligne and to war up.
The morning of our 2nd day dawns clear. This is the view from camp. Note fresh snow in the mountains.
Another view from camp.
Yet another view from camp.
Snow on the mountains. Morning day 2.
The dock at the midlake camp. You share the camp with others (up to 8 parties) but the camp is big.
Heading out of camp to visit the end of the lake, 10km away.
View as we head out.
Kuba and Karel pass through the narrows at midlake.
The views keep getting better as we head towards the end of the lake.
End of the Maligne Lake is in a cirque of high glaciated peaks.
The dock at the Coronet Creek camp (end of lake).
The kids hang out at camp while Karel and I hike up to MacLeod camp up the valley (8km away).
View from the trail, first kilometer.
The trail ascends a lovely glacial creek towards a cirque. It's not too steep.
This deer passes right by us on the trail. It was headed into camp to forage.
Another view from the trail (headed down) near the end.
Views from the MacLeod camp trail.
After 3 hours checking out the end of the lake, we paddle the 10km back to camp. We were worried about an afternoon headwind but the narrows midlake effectively blocked most of the wind.
Karina paddling campward. You can see the narrows up ahead.
Karel and Kuba at the end of the day.
Back at camp around 5pm. The views are still great.
More evening views from camp on day 2.
Evening of day 2. Time for a fire.
The potty at camp is quite a piece of construction.
Karel and the kids paddling out on day 3. Mid-morning and we don't have a head wind!
Lunch break half to dock. 10km from camp.
Coming into the dock at the end of day 3.
Empty canoes at the end of another great trip.