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

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Jasper, Canada
Jasper National Park Tour: Maligne Valley, Medicine Lake and Spirit Island
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icon6 hours  (approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
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iconOffered in: English
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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
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8:30 AM
Please note we do not pick-up at Campgrounds, Pocohontas Cabins and the Overlander lodge.
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.
Itinerary
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
Stop At:  
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. **Please note this is NOT included for guests who choose the WALK option** 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
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Contents of tours may vary due to weather and road conditions
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 24 travelers
  • OPERATED BY SunDog Tour Co
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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star-5
You must do this.
Kevin_S
, Aug 2022
The tour was excellent. Take the tour and don’t do it on your own at first. The guide was vey knowledgeable and told lots of stories
star-5
An excellent, informative tour.
richard_k
, Aug 2022
We had booked and arranged a pick up from our hotel. The company then asked us to phone to confirm the pick up location which we did. They then sent an email to say they would pick us up from a different location. The coach still called in to our hotel! The tour itself and our guide was amazing. Fred was full of fascinating facts and clearly new the area and wildlife. Apart from the mix up with pick up locations, the tour was excellent value for money.
star-5
Very funny,but professional staff. Veryknowledgeableaboutthenature.
MAGDALENA_N
, Aug 2022
Daniel was our guide. He was very funny and knowledgeable about the nature. Jeff- our driver,was so kind and stopped few times on the way,to see better few animals and eagles. Ruby was our boat driver, Melanie was the guide on the boat to Spirit Island. Very funny but at the same time very informative about the history of Indigenous people. Thank you girls Thank you Jeff and Daniel.🥰 Magdalena
star-4
Great experience
Clara_F
, Aug 2022
The views were great and we stopped at the most important landmarks. The guide was friendly and interesting.
star-5
Loved our Lake Milange Tour
Sue_s
, Aug 2022
This trip was absolutely wonderful. We enjoyed our tour guide Deiter he was very informative and had a sense of humor. The boat trip to Spirit Island was beautiful.
star-5
Bears were a highlight.
kennthfund
, Jul 2022
Got to see a few bears which was exciting. Boat trip was good, the guys who ran it were great. Tour guide was very informative and patient.
star-3
The tour guider didn't...
WEIMIN_J
, Jul 2022
The tour guider didn't make each stop time arrangement properly and got we wasted 25 minutes waiting outside the tour bus.
star-5
It was a great trip our...
John_G
, Jul 2022
It was a great trip our bus driver captain and hostess of our boat where great. They explained everything that we saw and giving us the history of the area
star-4
Good Trip
Pat_S
, Jul 2022
A relaxing boat excursion and informative trip, we saw wildlife and the driver stopped whenever possible and safe to do so
star-5
We even saw a bear!
Joan_H
, Jul 2022
We couldn't have a a better driver, so knowledgeable and 'engaged' with the group. The boat trip was also very good and informative. Magnificent views, glaciers and, of course, beautiful Spirit Island.
star-5
The bears and the time on...
Oliver_K
, Jul 2022
The bears and the time on spirit island. Nice memories. Next time we will do more details. Canoeing etc.
star-5
Great Tour getting to know Jasper National Park
Julia_M
, Jul 2022
Warren was an amazing guide. Stopped everytime there was wildlife. We saw 2 Grizzlies, 1 Elk, 1 Moose, 1 Eagle and a couple Longhorn Sheep. And it wasn‘t even a wildlife tour. The cenery of all the lakes and mountains was breathtaking. Everything worked out great, even with small kids. We loved it!
star-5
What a great experience!...
Michelle_P
, Jul 2022
What a great experience! Tour guide John was very knowledgable and made sure we got the whole experience. I was very impressed by this tour and would recommend it to anyone. Boat tour to Spirit island was breath taking and the boat tour staff were great!
star-5
Great experience
Don_S
, Jul 2022
Great experience almost spiritual at points. Good presenters Lots of information about the nature and people
star-4
Lake and mountains...
Suzan_H
, Jul 2022
Lake and mountains beautiful. Disappointed we didn’t get to stop longer to see wildlife we spotted. Guide was nice enough just didn’t offer much content with his ramblings.
star-5
Very good
ella_m
, Jun 2022
Great value trip beautiful lake end of June July recommended great team great transportation well done
star-5
Loved it
pssuri
, Jun 2022
Our guide Jeff was amazing , loved the tour, saw so many animals ❤️ , Net and Liam were super friendly on the boot cruise
star-4
Beautiful sightseeing in Jasper, worth to visit !
Tourist
, Sep 2021
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
2 travelers found this review helpful
star-4
Fantastic tour, highly recommend, be aware of lack of CovId precautions on boat tour
David_B
, Sep 2021
Jeff was fantastic, we really enjoyed his narrative and his knowledge on the tour up and down the mountain. Be aware, the boat tour itself is operated by a separate company, there is no social distancing and masks are not mandatory, we opted to get off the boat due to the lack of CovID precautions with no reimbursement of funds, we were only told “this is Alberta “. Still, the overall trip was definitely worth it, the views are breathtaking and even at Maligne lake there is a fantastic restaurant, great views, hiking trails, paddle boat rentals. We would still highly recommend this trip!!!
star-4
It was great
Rebecca_P
, Aug 2021
The boat cruise, everything was beautiful! The guide was amazing very knowledgeable , the driver and other lady on the boat were exceptional

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