Jasper: Maligne Valley Wildlife Watching & Boat Tour

Jasper: Maligne Valley Wildlife Watching & Boat Tour

From US$ 104.28 per person

Enjoy the beauty of the majestic Maligne Valley. Located in the heart of Jasper National Park, an interpretive guide takes you by car, boat, and foot for breathtaking views and sightings of wildlife.

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Duration 5.5 hours
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Pickup included
Pick-up is available from Jasper Hotels. Your exact pick-up time will be advised upon reconfirmation of your tour. Pick up locations are NOT available in Hinton, Overlander Mountain Lodge or Pocahontas Cabins. For Guests staying at these locations, please meet at the Jasper Adventure Centre, located at 611 Patricia St, Jasper, AB.


  • Tour the majestic Maligne Valley
  • Get breathtaking views of Maligne Lake on and off the water
  • Enjoy an interpretive commentary by your professional guide
Full description

Experience magical mountains, alpine meadows, and thrilling rivers on this 5.5-hour tour to the Maligne Valley from Jasper. Part of the Jasper National Park, the valley is home to magnificent lakes and outstanding hiking trails.

Following a pick-up from your Jasper hotel, you will go on a short hike past the sheer 100-foot walls of Maligne Canyon. Then, take a scenic drive to Maligne Lake and the "disappearing" Medicine Lake. Look out for elk and moose as you drive.

Maligne Lake is the second largest glacial-fed lake in the world. It drains into the Maligne River and continues down to Medicine Lake. You will visit what is arguably the most extensive karst system - or underground river system - in Canada.

An underground network of caves remains largely out of reach to visitors, keeping it a mystery for future exploration. Your professional guide will expand on this inscrutable place during an immersive narrative.

During the summer season, you can join an inclusive boat cruise to Spirit Island, the only means of reaching the isolated island, for serene views of the stunning alpine scenery. 

During the rest of the year, you can enjoy a guided hike along the Mary Schaffer Loop. Depending on the time of the year, you will enjoy wildlife viewings in the area around Maligne Canyon, including moose, sheep, caribou, and bears.

Jump back on the bus for your return journey and hotel drop-off in Jasper, at the heart of Canada’s largest Rocky Mountain national park.

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  • Boat tour
  • Gratuities

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4.6 /5

based on 43 reviews

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The tour guide/driver (Dieter) was so lovely, very knowledgeable about Jasper, Maligne Lake, Medicine Lake, Maligne River and always kept a look out for wildlife so we could get prime viewing. We ended up seeing 2 cubs and a mumma bear along with a pack of bighorn sheep. The boat guide (Steph) was also very welcoming and knowledgeable of the area/maligne lake and spirit island. The captain (Jordan) made the boat trip fun. Highly recommended!

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August 12, 2022

Fantastic tour, really worth it. But keep in mind that everything you do here, you can also easily see for yourself, which gives you a little more time per stop and saves some money. Tour guide (Pete) was funny and had fun facts about the area. He made plenty of time to view the animals we encountered.

June 18, 2022

Well organised, friendly and very informative

Our diver and tour guide was a very capable and well informed young woman. She was passionate about the landscape and wildlife and did her best to show us as much as she could. She was friendly and approachable. She answered our questions fully and intelligently and offered insight into complex issues. Excellent

August 7, 2018

Product ID: 12605