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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.


  • 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

Discover some of the most spectacular scenery in the Canadian Rockies, enjoying fun hikes and wildlife spotting on the way, during this 6-hour excursion to the Maligne Valley in Jasper National Park. This spectacular national park offers a jaw-dropping range of natural scenery that has to be seen to be believed.

Start with a pickup from your Jasper hotel in the morning, traveling by air-conditioned coach with your guide into the beautiful surroundings of Jasper National Park. Make your visit stop of the day at Maligne Canyon, proceeding on an easy walk over two bridges that traverse 165-foot (50-meter) deep gorge etched into the area's limestone. Admire the incredible views as cascades of water pour into the canyon, and join your guide for a short explanation of the area’s wildlife and geology.

Board your coach and drive next to Medicine Lake, tracing the path of a scenic highway as it snakes through the nearby forests and mountains. Arrive at this beautiful alpine body of water, learning about its mysterious “disappearance” every summer, which is caused by the water’s retreat into an extensive network of underground karsts (among the biggest in the world). 

Continue from Medicine Lake on to your next stop to Maligne Lake, taking time on its shores to enjoy a boat ride to the postcard-perfect Spirit Island or a nature walk for 2 miles (3.2 kilometers) along an easy trail. Those who select the hike will trace the Mary Schaffer Loop trail, proceeding along the banks of Maligne Lake with a gorgeous lookout. The site offers a variety of benches and interpretive signage, allowing you to take a rest before continuing back to your starting point.

Those on the boat cruise will climb aboard their vessel, complete with enclosed cabin and extra-large viewing windows, as they travel across this incredibly scenic body of water. Make a brief landing at the pine-tree covered Spirit Island, enjoying a chance to take a few photos and wander around before returning to the boat and back to shore.

As you proceed through the course of your day’s activities, listen to interesting commentary about the human and natural history of the region. You’ll also want to keep your eyes peeled for the abundant wildlife known to frequent the area, which includes caribou, wolves, deer, bear, bald eagles, osprey, bighorn sheep and moose. 

Finish your day’s activity with a drop-off back at your Jasper hotel.

Customer Reviews

James B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016


Patricia V

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Enjoyed the whole experience. Maligne Canyon was awesome and the boat trip to Spirit Island was fun. Guides were very friendly and knowledgeable.

Martyn H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Very enjoyable trip , the driver was very informative and the views were great , it was just a pity about the weather .

Wesley K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

This was one of the best tours we have taken. The scenery is breath taking and Jason our tour operator was a very knowledgeable, informative, down to earth person. We learned a lot this day and my grandchildren even got to see a bear for the first time, in the wild at the end of the tour,which they will never forget.I would recommend this tour to anyone in a heart beat.

Terry F United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Just beautiful! The tour showed us the most dramatic scenery, breathtaking views, and great wildlife along the way. Our tour guide, Alicia was so very knowledgeable on many different topics, like flowers, berries, bears and moose etc, as well as the mountains, the glaciers and gorges, the fires of recent years and more. The boat ride was so beautiful and relaxing too, and our young ladies who piloted the boat and did the tour were equally wonderful.

Jillian S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

A great tour covering some beautiful sites. Maligne Canyon is impressive, especially early in the morning with the sun shining through the narrow gaps. Would have liked more time here to explore further. The scenery on the Maligne Lake cruise was breathtaking. Great informative guide. Highlight was a bear crossing the road in front on the bus on the way home.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Again the day was less than perfect, but the boatride was comfortable, the captain and guide were knowledgeable and personable, the beef stew at the restaurant was superb - but the view was nothing short of spectacular!

cheryl p

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

We had a great time on the tour, highly recommended. We had a party of 10 people and it was very convenient to have all of us on the bus tour instead of worrying about parking three cars and trying to stay together. Our tour guide, Jason, was very personable and knowledgeable, his commentary was informative, but also amusing. This tour hits the highlights of Jasper Park and the sights are beautiful. We especially liked the boat ride to Spirit Island, the ride was beautiful and for some of our group, this ride was the highlight of our entire Canadian Rockies trip. Bus pick-up was also very convenient.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Great tour, stunning views and personable tour guide.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

This tour was amazing!

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