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  • Address: Jasper National Park
  • Admission: Adults: $9.80; Children: $4.90

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Medicine Lake

When is a lake not a lake? When it’s a river. Medicine Lake is a geologic anomaly: though it looks like a long—4.3 mi (7 km)—and relatively shallow lake, it’s actually an area of the Maligne River. During times of glacial melt during the summer, the water backs up and forms the “lake” until it can slowly drain underground again through a series of sinkholes. 

Aboriginal people called the lake Medicine Lake because of its incredible disappearing trick, but visitors these days are inspired by the opportunities for wildlife viewing of large mammals like bear, deer, moose and caribou. Fly-fishing is another popular pastime due to the proliferations of trout, but be prepared:  Medicine Lake disappears in the fall and winter months, becoming a mudflat.

Practical Info

Medicine Lake is located approximately 12 mi (20 km) southeast of the town of Jasper, Alberta. Entry into Jasper National Park is $9.80 for adults, $8.30 for seniors and $4.90 for youth ages 6 -16. Jasper National Park and Medicine Lake are open year round, but adverse weather conditions may cause temporary closures of some roads.  

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

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 23 Reviews

Discover Jasper National Park’s spectacular Maligne Valley on a 6-hour adventure with an expert guide. During stops at Maligne Canyon, Medicine Lake and ...  Read more

Location: Jasper, Canada
Duration: 6 hours (approx.)

From USD $52.21

Jasper City Sightseeing Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 11 Reviews

Enjoy a four-hour tour encompassing the Maligne Canyon, Medicine Lake and Maligne Lake. Breathe in the fresh Canadian air, in the spectacular Rocky Mountains! ...  Read more

Location: Jasper, Canada
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $51.16

Best Canadian Rockies Tour by Chauffeured Sidecar from Jasper

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 6 Reviews

Tour the scenic roads of the Canadian Rockies and Jasper National Park on a Harley Davidson motorcycle with sidecar, driven by a professional. Ride to your ...  Read more

Location: Jasper, Canada
Duration: Flexible

From USD $72.91

Jasper City Sightseeing Tour and Maligne Lake Cruise

4.5 star rating: Recommended 13 Reviews

Discover picturesque Jasper before arriving at the world famous Maligne Lake. Cruise toward the south end of this postcard setting where you have the ...  Read more

Location: Jasper, Canada
Duration: 6 hours (approx.)

From USD $100.40

Maligne Valley and Wildlife Tour

4.5 star rating: Recommended 3 Reviews

Coyotes and wolves and bears, oh my! See the stunning natural beauty outside of Jasper with this educational and entertaining guided winter wildlife tour. Hop ...  Read more

Location: Jasper, Canada
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $52.21

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