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  • Location: Jasper, Canada
  • Duration:  6 hours (approx.)
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 Maligne Lake, you’ll look for wildlife and learn about the human and natural history in this part of the Canadian Rockies. You’ll see stunning scenery throughout the day and have plenty of opportunities to take photos and short walks. At Maligne Lake, choose to take a boat cruise to Spirit Island or a guided hike along the lakeshore.


  • 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
  • Choose from a boat cruise on Maligne Lake to Spirit Island or a guided hike along the lakeshore and forest trails
  • Look for abundant wildlife in Jasper National Park, including bears, caribou, wolves, and bighorn sheep
  • Enjoy several stops for short walks to stunning viewpoints and photo ops

What You Can Expect

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

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

After pickup from your Jasper hotel, you’ll travel by comfortable coach with an experienced local guide into Jasper National Park. You’ll stop first at Maligne Canyon where a short walk takes you across two bridges over a 165 foot (50m) deep gorge that has been carved into the limestone. Catch great views of the waterfalls spilling into the canyon below as you explore the area with your guide, who will share information about the geology and wildlife in the area.

After checking out Maligne Canyon, you’ll continue to drive to Medicine Lake, taking a gorgeous road that winds through a dramatic mountain and forest landscape. Medicine Lake is famous for ‘vanishing’ every summer, the result of an extensive underground karst system — one of the largest in the world.

From Medicine Lake you’ll follow the road to gorgeous Maligne Lake where you’ll have a choice of a boat cruise to Spirit Island or a 2-mile (3.2km) guided hike on an easy and level trail.

If you choose the hiking option, you’ll follow your guide on the Mary Schaffer Loop trail, which skirts the shore of Maligne Lake to a beautiful viewpoint with interpretive displays and benches before continuing into the trees and back to your starting point.

If you take the boat cruise, you’ll board a comfortable enclosed boat with large windows for a scenic tour on Maligne Lake. Your boat will stop at Spirit Island, a small gem in the lake, where you’ll have time for photos and a short stroll.

Throughout the day, your guide will explain the natural and human history of the area and will keep an eye out for the abundant wildlife that lives here. Sightings may include bear, deer, caribou, wolves, moose, bighorn sheep, bald eagles and osprey, among the many animals of Jasper National Park.

At the end of your tour, you will be returned to your Jasper hotel.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

We loved the tour, the bus was there on time to pick us up at the Hotel, the tour guide on the bus was excellent as well as the guide on the cruise to Spirit Island. We enjoyed every minute.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

We enjoyed the tour. The guide/driver was very knowledgeable about the area, the wild life and some of the environmental concerns of the area. It was very pleasant.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Our guide was really g

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Excellent from start to finish! Thank You.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2014

An excellent tour and our driver/guide was very informative.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2014

This tour was very good. The guide was very informative and kept us informed about the tour as the day progressed. He loved his job and it showed. Beautiful country and worth doing.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2014

It was just excellent!! The guide was very knowledgable!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2014

It was just wonderful! Very professional and knowledgeable guide.

4 star rating: Recommended July 2015

Very good excursion, spectacular views and sites, bus on time and very comfortable with congenial guide. Only one thing, the speaker on the bus could have worked a little better, or maybe it was the guide talking away from it at times, as it kept going up and down, sometimes hard to hear...

4 star rating: Recommended July 2015

Picked up by our driver, who was also our guide for the day, from our hotel in Jasper. Excellent commentary throughout the day, taking in Maligne Lake and Medicine Lake. Amazing reflections in the lakes from the surrounding mountains and trees. We did the hike at the end of the tour which was great around the lake, but not so enjoyable walking through the trees back due to the mosquitoes guide was great with repellant to hand. Probably if I did this tour again I would take the Spirit Island cruise instead of the hike, as we didn't get to see Spirit Island on our walk.

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