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Medicine Lake: Our most recommended tours and activities

Jasper: Maligne Valley Wildlife Watching & Boat Tour

1. Jasper: Maligne Valley Wildlife Watching & Boat Tour

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.

Jasper: Wildlife and Waterfalls Tour with Lakeshore Hike

2. Jasper: Wildlife and Waterfalls Tour with Lakeshore Hike

Travel by comfortable minibus on this 5.5-hour excursion to the Maligne Valley, the most spectacular scenery in the Canadian Rockies. Along the way, your naturalist guide will provide commentary on the history and natural wonders of the area. Stop at 2 of the bridges to take in views of the cascading waterfalls and see the continuing erosion of ancient limestone. At the world-famous Maligne Lake, head out on a 3 to 4-kilometer interpretive nature walk. Admire the beautiful lakeshore vistas before following the easy-grade trail loop back into the forested area. After the hike, you’ll have a bit of free time to relax at the Maligne Lake Day Lodge before returning to Jasper.

Jasper: Sightseeing Tour with Maligne Lake Cruise

3. Jasper: Sightseeing Tour with Maligne Lake Cruise

Explore the spectacular natural treasures of the largest national park in the Canadian Rockies in just 1 day - all in the company of a friendly and knowledgeable guide. During the tour, enjoy a complimentary hot lunch, light snacks, and refreshments.  First, start your tour in Jasper, filled with shops, restaurants, and panoramic views in all directions. Learn interesting facts and stories about this charming town. Then, head to Maligne Canyon measured over 50 meters deep. Stand above the massive walls of the canyon and enjoy the stunning views of rushing waterfalls. Continue the tour to Medicine Lake and discover the mystery of the disappearing water. End the tour by experiencing the scenic lake cruise of Maligne Lake. The views of Spirit Island will leave you in awe. Please note that during the shoulder season, the tour does not include a Maligne Lake Cruise; instead, spend more time exploring Jasper National Park. Finally, return to Jasper where your memorable day concludes.

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What people are saying about Medicine Lake

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 152 reviews

Jamie and Jake were excellent tour guides. Bus was great- big windows so plenty opportunities to see everything. Guides had an unbelievable amount of knowledge to share and we’re clearly passionate about the flora and fauna of the area. Animal sightings can’t be guaranteed but we saw osprey, bald eagle, elk, mule deer and a moose.

A brilliant time with our very knowledgable guide, Ross. We were very fortunate and saw lots of wildlife, bears, marmots, elk, coyote, osprey and a bald eagle sat on its nest. As the lake was still frozen and the trails were covered in ice and snow, we had a hike around the canyon instead. A great tour, would highly recommend it.

Jamie was a great tour guide and knew where a lot of the wildlife sightings would be. On our tour, we saw a moose, osprey and bald Eagle, plus lots of deer and elk. The walk along Maligne Canyon was also informative.

It was a great Tour for me and my 3.5 year old son. The overall duration and mix of activities (bus time, short stretch breaks/ sighting, lunch break, and an-hour hike in the end) worked well for us.

Our guides were on time, extremely knowledgeable, friendly and entertaining. Clearly they wanted us to have an excellent time. Could not have been better!