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Jasper National Park Tour: Maligne Valley, Medicine Lake and Spirit Island

Jasper, Canada

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Experience the most incredible sights in Jasper National Park’s Maligne Valley during this guided excursion to the region’s most scenic lakes and majestic canyons. Check out Medicine Lake, Maligne Canyon, and Maligne Lake during your trip, keeping your eyes out for area wildlife and learning about the unique natural history (and more recent human settlement) of the Canadian Rockies. Over the course of the day, you also get to enjoy short walks through the beautiful scenery, and choose between a boat ride or guided hike at Maligne Lake. Your Maligne Valley trip also includes round-trip transport from your Jasper hotel.
  • Half-day tour of Maligne Valley, from Jasper
  • See the stunning limestone gorge and waterfalls in Maligne Canyon
  • Find out from your expert guide why the Medicine Lake appears to vanish every year
  • Choose from a boat cruise on Maligne Lake to Spirit Island or a short guided hike
  • Look for abundant wildlife in Jasper National Park, including moose and wolves
  • Enjoy several stops for short walks to stunning viewpoints and photo ops
Discover some of the most spectacular scenery in the Canadian Rockies, enjoying fun hikes and wildlife spotting on the way, during this excursion to the Maligne Valley in Jasper National Park. This spectacular national park offers a jaw-dropping range of natural scenery that has to be seen to be believed.

Start with a pickup from your Jasper hotel in the morning, traveling by air-conditioned coach with your guide into the beautiful surroundings of Jasper National Park. Make your visit stop of the day at Maligne Canyon, proceeding on an easy walk over two bridges that traverse 165-foot (50-meter) deep gorge etched into the area's limestone. Admire the incredible views as cascades of water pour into the canyon, and join your guide for a short explanation of the area’s wildlife and geology.

Board your coach and drive next to Medicine Lake, tracing the path of a scenic highway as it snakes through the nearby forests and mountains. Arrive at this beautiful alpine body of water, learning about its mysterious “disappearance” every summer, which is caused by the water’s retreat into an extensive network of underground karsts (among the biggest in the world). 

Continue to Maligne Lake, taking time on its shores to enjoy a boat ride to the postcard-perfect Spirit Island or a nature walk along an easy trail. Those who select the hike trace the Mary Schaffer Loop trail, proceeding along the banks of Maligne Lake with a gorgeous lookout. The site offers a variety of benches and interpretive signage, allowing you to take a rest before continuing back to your starting point.

Those on the boat cruise climb aboard their vessel, complete with enclosed cabin and extra-large viewing windows, as they travel across this incredibly scenic body of water. Make a brief landing at the pine-tree covered Spirit Island, enjoying a chance to take a few photos and wander around before returning to the boat and back to shore.

As you proceed through the course of your day’s activities, listen to interesting commentary about the human and natural history of the region. Keep your eyes peeled for the abundant wildlife known to frequent the area, which includes caribou, wolves, deer, bear, bald eagles, osprey, bighorn sheep and moose. 

Finish your day’s activity with a drop-off back at your Jasper hotel.
Stop At:  
Maligne Canyon
You’ll stop first at Maligne Canyon where a short walk takes you across two bridges over a 165 foot (50m) deep gorge that has been carved into the limestone. Catch great views of the waterfalls spilling into the canyon below as you explore the area with your guide, who will share information about the geology and wildlife in the area.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Medicine Lake
After checking out Maligne Canyon, you’ll continue to drive to Medicine Lake, taking a gorgeous road that winds through a dramatic mountain and forest landscape. Medicine Lake is famous for ‘vanishing’ every summer, the result of an extensive underground karst system — one of the largest in the world.
Duration: 20 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Maligne Lake
From Medicine Lake you’ll follow the road to gorgeous Maligne Lake where you’ll have a choice of a boat cruise to Spirit Island or a 2-mile (3.2km) guided hike on an easy and level trail. If you choose the hiking option, you’ll follow your guide on the Mary Schaffer Loop trail, which skirts the shore of Maligne Lake to a beautiful viewpoint with interpretive displays and benches before continuing into the trees and back to your starting point.
Duration: 3 hours 
Admission Ticket Free
Pass By:  
Spirit Island
If you choose to take the boat cruise, you’ll board a comfortable enclosed boat with large windows for a scenic tour on Maligne Lake. Your boat will stop at Spirit Island, a small gem in the lake, where you’ll have time for photos and a short stroll. Throughout the day, your guide will explain the natural and human history of the area and will keep an eye out for the abundant wildlife that lives here. Sightings may include bear, deer, caribou, wolves, moose, bighorn sheep, bald eagles and osprey, among the many animals of Jasper National Park. At the end of your tour, you will be returned to your Jasper hotel.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Included

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Reviews by Viator travelers
A wonderful experience with a tremendous guide
, Nov 2019
On the spur of the moment we decided to do a Fall trip to Banff and Jasper to see the gorgeous Canadian Rockies. The highlight of the trip turned out to be the day we spent on this excursion with a guide who was not only extremely well informed about the geology, wildlife and botany of the area but also wonderfully entertaining and witty. Booking this excursion was easy and the pick up at the hotel made things effortless. The day was well worth it and the cruise up the lake was definitely easier than the several hour hike for our older bones. We saw moose, elk, and a variety of other animals (including some extremely ignorant Asians who thought it "cute" to hold their baby up to the face of a 600+ pound moose). Foolish foreigners aside, this trip is a must.
Worst experience, feel cheated , give me refund
, Oct 2019
I took this tour from viator. Local tour provider name was sundog tour located in jasper. I had my family with me. We were 4 people in total. Our tour started around 8.50 am from jasper office of sundog travel on 6th October. Package was included for maligne canyon , maligne lake, medicine lake and spirit island with boat tour. Driver didn't stop to maligne canyon or medicine lake. He went all the way to maligne lake, we reached at 10.30 am. Our boat time was 11.30 am. He said , we will visit this places when we will be going back from maligne lake. Our boat cruise finish around 1.10 pm. Then he was not there on meeting point after boat cruise ride finish. Everyone in tour was looking for him. Then I went to parking and call him that everyone is waiting for you. Then when we start heading back, he said we dont have time to visit medicine lake and maligne canyon. We headed back to town without visiting this places. This is pure cheating. If I want to only go for Spirit island boat tour, I can go with my car. I thought there are bunch of attractions include in package, so let's do it that way. I was thinking to file legal case for it. This is really unprofessional. I am demanding my refund for 4 people. I am waiting for you call. Thanks
icon Response from Host , Oct 2019
Hello there, first of all I would like to sincerely apologize on behalf of SunDog and our guide- I'm not sure where the problem arose, but we are certainly not in the practice of not giving our guests the full experience that they've paid for. I believe Paul, the owner has reached out to you via phone and left a message- please give us a call at the office (780-852-4056) and we can discuss a refund. I do hope you enjoyed the rest of your trip and we will speak to you soon. - Andie
Awestruck with Maligne Valley
, Oct 2019
We are so glad we booked this tour. The Valley and Island are a must see. Our guide was very infomative.
Maligne Valley
, Sep 2019
The guide was good & knowable about the fauna & flora. The scenery breathtaking.the waterfall was one of the best
Paradise experience in paradise.
, Jul 2019
Yvonne was a very knowledgeable and fantastic guide. Her expertise helped me and my family get the most out of our visit to Jasper National Park.
Great Day Trip out of Jasper.
Lindsey H
, Jul 2019
Wes was our guide, he was extremely knowledgeable and friendly. We took a short hike with him that was the best part of our tour!
Maligne Lake is a must for every visitor to Jasper.
, Jul 2019
Steve was the perfect guide - well-informed, friendly, polite, passionate - couldn't have asked for better!
Excellent tour
, Jul 2019
This was a wonderfully conducted tour by our guide, Fred (I hope I am remembering the name right). the tour takes us to Maligne valley and included a boat ride on Maligne Lake. The ride is simply awesome, with beautiful mountains along the lake and beautiful Spirit Island at the end. On the tour itself, Fred explained the features of the valley, the nature of the mountains and the lakes and showed us bald eagles nesting. We also saw a bear on the way. Would highly recommend this tour.
Fabulous tour, fabulous guide
, Jul 2019
This small group tour was fabulous, made five star by our passionate and energetic guide Kendra who knew so much about the habits of local wildlife, so we saw a coyote den with pups, elk, bears and bear cubs and bald eagles. Kendra did everything possible to facilitate our viewing of these creatures in a safe and respectful way. Malign Canyon was magnificent but would have liked more time there, Malign Lake was magical even though it was damp and cloudy, it was still majestic in its beauty. Would highly recommend this tour.
Outstanding Jasper Tour (Six hour tour to Maligne Lake)
, Oct 2018
Kendra, our tour guide, was outstanding - very knowledgeable about wildlife in the area as well as environmental issues. Kendra was also personable and took the time to answer anyone's question in detail. At each stop, Kendra first explained what we were going to see and then provided further explanation as we went along. Our compliments to Kendra for making our journey most enjoyable and interesting!!!

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