5 star rating: Highly Recommended 24 Reviews

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

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

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

Linnea M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

The tour guides were most informative and very knowledgeable. Photos do not really capture how beautiful Spirit Island and Medicine Lake are, they are both breathtaking. It is a trip that will be remembered for a very long time. Our friends and family are enjoying the photos we were able to capture. It is truly one of the highlights of my life.

lorette w

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Loved it. Nice guide. Pick up at hotel and drop off a real convenience. Had a spot of bother printing up the ticket off email as I am on hotmail and as I was not in my home I was barred access to my account. Perhaps you could put in place something to help people like me who get stuck. I cant remember how we got the ticket printed up but I do remember it was one hell of a mission.

David T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015


Sue B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

We were picked up on time and had a brilliant day. Our guide Fred was hugely knowledgeable and we thoroughly enjoyed the boat trip.

Xiang H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Very beautiful view!

Diane M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Highly recommend this tour, the sights are fabulous

Berndt R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

This was a once in a lifetime tour for our family. Our tour guide, Fred, was most interesting and gave us the history and facts along each stop which made the trip even more memorable. The scenery is not to be believed and the courtesy and care we were given was wonderful. Thank you for a great day in Jasper National Park!

Ronald S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Our guide Kevin was excellent and the overall support from the group at Sundogs Tour was great. The Boat trip to Spirit Island was awesome and should not be missed. I would recommend dropping the hike option on that tour.

Gisele H

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.

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