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Medicine Lake

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Address: Jasper National Park, Jasper National Park, Alberta, Canada
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Jasper National Park Wildlife and Waterfalls Tour
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Jasper National Park Tour: Maligne Valley, Medicine Lake and Spirit Island

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A very neat place to see. The water was quite low but I suppose that's because its been so cold still. The way it's nestled between ranges adds to the beauty.

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Edmonton, Canada
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Edmonton, Canada
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198 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A very neat place to see. The water was quite low but I suppose that's because its been so cold still. The way it's nestled between ranges adds to the beauty.

Thank AshleyW3
Edmonton, Canada
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265 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 376 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 April 2017

We stopped here after visiting Maligne canyon and all though the lake was mostly frozen it was still a spectacular view. We walked about 15 minutes on the trail that goes along the lake and it was quite nice to see all the birds swimming between all the cracks in the ice. This lake would definitely be much nicer in... More 

Thank Montreal_native
washington dc
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505 reviews
317 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 312 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 March 2017

This is where the Maligne River overflows with all that glacial melt, and the bath tub drains by late fall into other lakes and rivers via one of the most extensive underground systems of the world (this was discovered by using dye packs). They say the fishing is good. We saw the bald eagle that refused to leave during the... More 

Thank mrsagf
toronto canada
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54 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 February 2017

We were on a tour of the park, a perfect sunny day in May a few clouds and this little gem of a lake. The water was like a mirror reflecting the surrounding mountains with the clouds overhead. Lucky for us it was spring because the water does a disappearing trick by the end of summer .

Thank aileenTorontoCanada
Johannesburg, South Africa
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98 reviews
51 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 January 2017

Completely different from other lakes, but still very breath-takingly beautiful! Fascinating history and gorgeous views!

Thank Johan G
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86 reviews
63 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 November 2016

On our way to the Maligne Lake, we couldn't help but stop to see this beautiful lake, Medicine Lake. The indigenous people used to believe that this lake had a supernatural power, since they saw the water disappear by each October, but return by spring. There is no apparent reason, no waterway to take away the water. On our way... More 

Thank Happike
Sydney, Australia
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197 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 November 2016

The lake was three quarters empty in mid Oct which was disappointing but a nice road trip on the way to Spirit Lake.Check before you book your tour as they won't tell you.

Thank Iona B
Ottawa, Canada
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71 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 October 2016

Compared to other lakes in the area, this is just ok. If you're driving from Jasper to Maligne Lake, you'll pass by here.

Thank NPFanCA
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138 reviews
107 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 October 2016

Lake vanishes when the water supply drain into underground caves - it's alongside the Lake Maligne road for several miles and full or empty provides excellent views and photo opps

Thank Neil C
Wetherby, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 192 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 October 2016

This lake was included in the itinerary of our coach tour from Jasper. We stopped at one end and then continued along the road, which follows the shores for a considerable distance. At the small view point the water levels were very low and on the opposite side of the road the vegetation was all burnt from a fire two/three... More 

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