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Medicine Lake

Medicine Lake

Jasper National Park, Jasper, Alberta

The Basics

Throughout the spring and summer, Medicine Lake draws in sightseers from the nearby town of Jasper. Hiking trails and kayaking opportunities give you an ideal vantage point for wildlife watching—keep your eyes out for bears, caribou, moose, bighorn sheep, and more.xa0 While you can visit on your own, the lake is a popular stop on tours of Jasper National Park. Sightseeing tours to the lake also include visiting waterfalls in Maligne Canyon, cruises on Maligne Lake, and other stops along Maligne Lake Road.

You can learn more about the lake’s filling and draining process, as well as the story of how the local indigenous people gave Medicine Lake its name, from informational plaques along the trails and at viewpoints.

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Jasper National Park Tour: Maligne Valley, Medicine Lake and Spirit Island
Jasper National Park Tour: Maligne Valley, Medicine Lake and Spirit Island
star-4.5
$59.34 per adult
Traveler Favorite
Fantastic
Such a beautiful cruise on Maligne Lake! Our tour guide Liam was fantastic! Spirit Lake was extremely beautiful to see in person. I would not change a thing.
Leah_S, Aug 2021

Recent reviews from experiences in Jasper

star-5
Love the tour and the guilds.
Guin_K, May 2022
Jasper Wildlife and Waterfalls Tour with Maligne Lake Hike
Everything is good. Mark and Jimmy are very nice and we saw a lot of wildlife on our way to Maligne Lake. They were so patient with us as I walked very slow and they still very much willing to explain the places and the different animal to us. We love the trip and have so good and informative guilds.
star-5
Wonderful experience!!
Pat_T, May 2022
Jasper Wildlife and Waterfalls Tour with Maligne Lake Hike
It was a fantastic tour - such knowledgeable & friendly guides, Trevor & assistant Jake. They fulfilled all our expectations - saw sheep, deer, moose + mummy & baby bear 👍😊👍😊
star-4
Maligne Valley Tour
Hugh, Sep 2020
Jasper National Park Tour: Maligne Valley, Medicine Lake and Spirit Island
Our guide (Jeff) was excellent. We saw a lot of wildlife. Friendly and informative. Bus was nice. Proper safety measures in place
star-5
Maligné lake
Johanna_M, Sep 2020
Jasper National Park Tour: Maligne Valley, Medicine Lake and Spirit Island
Jeff was our guide, and was very knowledgeable, he sure is passionate about nature and conservation, very patient with my kids, and we had a very small group ( Just a couple and us) which was great for Covid safety. Would definitely recommend
star-4
Beautiful sightseeing in Jasper, worth to visit !
Tourist, Sep 2021
Jasper National Park Tour: Maligne Valley, Medicine Lake and Spirit Island
Very beautiful sightseeing in Jasper, definitely worth to visit. The Spirit Island with cruise tour is the best. The tout guide on the boat talk too much about First Nation, feel a bit like government employee, too much to the tourists. Also the gift shop on the dock area is really EXPENSIVE when compare to Jasper downtown gift shops
star-5
Best tour for ever
Qais_A, Sep 2021
Jasper Wildlife and Waterfalls Tour with Maligne Lake Hike
The tour was amazing, very helpful guid, comfort bus, spend a good time to see many places in one day.
star-4
It was great
Rebecca_P, Aug 2021
Jasper National Park Tour: Maligne Valley, Medicine Lake and Spirit Island
The boat cruise, everything was beautiful! The guide was amazing very knowledgeable , the driver and other lady on the boat were exceptional
star-4
Enjoyed it very much
Susan_J, Aug 2021
Jasper National Park Tour: Maligne Valley, Medicine Lake and Spirit Island
The tour was very good, Lutz, our guide knew his stuff and everyone involved in this tour were very helpful. The scenery was breathtaking
star-5
Excellent experience with informative and friendly guides.
Lynn_C, Aug 2021
Jasper National Park Tour: Maligne Valley, Medicine Lake and Spirit Island
Lutz was a great guide and bus driver - very knowledgeable. Jordan and Sarah as tour guides and captains on the bus tour were awesome as well. Would definitely recommend this trip to family and friends.
star-5
Definitely recommend!!
Janice_B, Sep 2020
Jasper Wildlife and Waterfalls Tour with Maligne Lake Hike
Very cool experience. Kelli is a great guide. Very lively and knows everything about the area from the lichen and mushrooms to the water, the animals and what’s happening in Jasper.
star-5
Memorable
catherine_g, Aug 2021
Jasper National Park Tour: Maligne Valley, Medicine Lake and Spirit Island
The tour and tourist guide were awesome. First time in jasper and we will definetely go back wth Sundog tour again.. thankyou.
star-5
Awesome experience with a knowledgeable guide
Masoud_M, Jul 2021
Jasper National Park Tour: Maligne Valley, Medicine Lake and Spirit Island
Visiting the wild life around the city, in the way of Maligne Canyon. The information given by the guide was so interesting. He showed us something that we could never find by ourselves. His responsibility and care made a convenient, smooth, enjoyable and memorable day for us.

Things to Know Before You Go

  • The lake is an intriguing stop for geology and glacier enthusiasts—information boards provide details about the lake’s natural disappearing act.
  • If you want to get on the water, bring your own craft or rent a kayak from a shop that delivers it to the lake for you.
  • The lake’s north viewpoint (paved and wheelchair accessible) is the best spot to stop for photos overlooking the lake.
  • Medicine Lake offers a quiet alternative to the more populated Maligne Lake.
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How to Get There

Medicine Lake is conveniently located just 15 miles (25 kilometers) from Jasper en route to Maligne Lake. Take Highway 16 north to Maligne Lake Road and continue on the scenicxa0 Maligne Lake Road until you reach the lake.

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When to Get There

To see the lake when it is full of water, visit in the late spring or summer. If you visit in the fall, expect mudflats rather than a lake.

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Must-See Spots in Maligne Valley

Medicine Lake is just one of many natural attractions nestled in the Maligne Valley, making the Maligne Lake Road a popular route for sightseers and wildlife enthusiasts. One of the best spots for hiking and photography is Maligne Canyon—the deep, narrow gorge is filled with waterfalls. Maligne Lake is the spot to go for lake cruises, kayaking, stand-up paddleboarding, and fishing.

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Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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What are the nearest attractions to Medicine Lake?
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What else should I know about attractions in Jasper?
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As well as visiting the Medicine Lake, check out these trip ideas to make the most of your visit: