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

Highlights
  • 6-hour 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
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Jasper National Park Tour: Maligne Valley, Medicine Lake and Spirit Island
From US$56.58
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Tour including a Boat CruiseMost Popular
Tour departs at 8:30am and ends with a boat cruise to Spirit Island
US$105.79
Tour including a Guided Hike
Tour departs at 8:30am and ends with a guided hike along the Mary Schaffer Loop
US$56.58
Overview
Experience the most incredible sights in Jasper National Park’s Maligne Valley during this 6-hour 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’ll 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.
What to Expect
Discover some of the most spectacular scenery in the Canadian Rockies, enjoying fun hikes and wildlife spotting on the way, during this 6-hour 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 from Medicine Lake on to your next stop to Maligne Lake, taking time on its shores to enjoy a boat ride to the postcard-perfect Spirit Island or a nature walk for 2 miles (3.2 kilometers) along an easy trail. Those who select the hike will 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 will 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. You’ll also want to 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.
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile
Excellent tour

Enjoyed the tour. The tour guides were very informative and the scenery was breath taking. This tour was appropriate for a family with teenagers

Thank Nancy721
Reviewed 3 days ago
Magnificent place to visit

We took the premium boat cruise with a guided tour of the spot overlooking the Sprite Island. The island host explained the significance of the Island to the Native people.

Thank Bing C
Reviewed 1 week ago
The history and geology was brought to life by our guide. So interesting!

This was beautiful and interesting tour. We saw lots of wildlife. We learned so much about the uniqueness of this area, including the workings of Medicine Lake and the underground caverns. We visited in summer but apparently there are tours of the ice caverns in...More

1  Thank Needreve
Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Great Experience at Maligne Lake

We went to Marligne Lake and took a mini cruise to the Spirit Island. Our Captain Laura and the guide Virginia made sure we were having fun. Fun came along with all explained tour and safety. I would definitely recommend going there and enjoy the...More

1  Thank kushdave97
Reviewed 4 weeks ago
This tour was a highlight of our visit to the national parks of Canada and Montana

We had had several tours on our three week Canadian adventure and did wonder if this might be one too many. How wrong we are. It was great. Our guide was friendly and very informative. He told us about the flora and fauna as well...More

1  Thank charloefarlie52
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Definitely its mainly driving and the walking and getting out of vehicle is entirely up to you. Dieter was excellent best guide we have had during our 4 week trip. Call and make booking and ask if you can have him as your... More
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