Medicine Lake Tours

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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.

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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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Address: Jasper National Park, Jasper, Alberta, Canada
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Admission: Adults: $9.80; Children: $4.90
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5.5-Hour Jasper Wildlife and Waterfalls Tour with Maligne Lake Cruise from Jasper

The Maligne Valley lies within the expansive Jasper National Park in Alberta, Canada. With this tour, navigate the rugged scenery with ease and reach some of the region’s most spectacular landscapes in comfort. Discover top natural attractions such as Maligne Canyon and Medicine Lake on foot, and enjoy a scenic 90-minute cruise on Maligne Lake. Along the way, keep watch for sightings of native bears, eagles, elk, and moose in their natural habitat.
  • Duration: 5 hours 30 minutes
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Winter Wildlife Discovery Tour

This educational and entertaining guided winter wildlife tour introduces you to the gorgeous natural beauty outside of Jasper. You'll learn about the history and geology of the area from the expert local guide, as your comfortable van gently rolls through the incredible nature scenes. Don't forget your camera to capture the wildlife and scenic beauty of the Athabasca Valley, Maligne Valley and Medicine Lake.
  • Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes
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Jasper National Park Tour: Maligne Valley, Medicine Lake and Spirit Island

Experience the most incredible sights in Jasper National Park’s Maligne Valley during this 6-hour guided excursion to the region’s most scenic lakes and majestic canyons. Check out Medicine Lake, Maligne Canyon and Maligne Lake during your trip, keeping your eyes out for area wildlife, and learning about the unique natural history (and more recent human settlement) of the Canadian Rockies. Over the course of the day you’ll also get to enjoy short walks through the beautiful scenery, and choose between a boat ride or guided hike at Maligne Lake. Your Maligne Valley trip also includes round-trip transport from your Jasper hotel.
  • Duration: 6 hours
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Jasper Wildlife and Waterfalls Tour with Maligne Lake Hike

Jasper National Park is an amazing place to experience nature in the Canadian Rocky Mountains. Let a guide take you through some of the best spots for lake and mountain vistas, beside a waterfall, and on a lakeside hike on a forest path. This tour will take you to Maligne Canyon and its mountain waterfalls, disappearing Medicine Lake, and on an interpretive hike beside Maligne Lake.
  • Duration: 5 hours 30 minutes
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