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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 USD 55.37
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Tour including a Boat CruiseMost Popular
Tour departs at 8:30am and ends with a boat cruise to Spirit Island
From USD 103.52
Tour including a Guided Hike
Tour departs at 8:30am and ends with a guided hike along the Mary Schaffer Loop
From USD 55.37
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.
Reviews (95)
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Reviewed 7 October 2018
Magnificent Tour!

This tour is a "must do" for all first time visitors to the Jasper area. The tour is just the right amount of time, very reasonably priced, and includes all the major places to see. Sundog Tours has clean and comfortable vans that will pick...More

Date of experience: August 2018
1  Thank travelersjimbeth
Reviewed 6 October 2018
Stunning Lake Maligne

Terry was our local guide. Loved that she grew up in Jasper and could speak with authority on the history and culture of the place. At the start of the hike, she instructed us on what to do if we saw a bear so I...More

Date of experience: September 2018
1  Thank Cdn_Grl_Wanderluster
Reviewed 1 October 2018
Wild Life Snow and Sunshine

What a brilliant trip . Really enjoyed it Due to the snow we were unable to do the walk but the helped sort the boat trip instead. Nice bus very well driven and expert guide in Norm . Fantastic stories and really was an expert...More

Date of experience: September 2018
1  Thank Clive A
Reviewed 29 September 2018
Great Day in Jasper

My husband and I did the Maligne Valley tour on Tuesday and were thoroughly impressed with all of the knowledge that Chris had on the tour. The views at the various stops were also stunning and we got to see plenty of elk and a...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Caeleigh M
Reviewed 23 September 2018
Good way to see the lakes and Maligne Valley

Many thanks to our trip driver Dave, he picked up on time. He was very friendly,and helpful, He took my scarf back to the Hotel that i left in the shuttle bus.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Winnie H
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James B
10 September 2018|
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Response from Road721841 | Reviewed this property |
The tour was on bus, about 3-4hous. We never hicked. We were able to see riht out our clean big side windows a bear 6 ft away. We were allowed to get off bus as long as it was safe. We enjoyed to tour and then drove back to... More
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Jenny Y
2 September 2018|
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Response from Bing C | Reviewed this property |
The Maligne Lake boat tour with Spirit Island only operate at open water season which means early May to late October.
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18 May 2018|
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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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