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

Highlights

  • 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

Yuning K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2018

Our tour guide is experienced and knowledgeable, I learned a lot from him and it's very convenient to a traveler without car!

Patricia M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2017

What a lovely day. The driver/guide Fred was great- funny, very informative and helpful. Some of the tales were possibly a little tall !!!!
The trip on the lake to Spirit Island was great , the clear sunny weather led to stunning mountain views. Would recommend the trip.

Pat N

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2017

The whole experience was wonderful! Our guide was so informative and the scenery spectacular!

Teresa B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2017

This was a great tour. Our driver, Dave, was knowledgeable of the area and shared lots of information with is. The cruise on the lake was fun, as was walking around Maligne Canyon with Dave. Hotel pickup and drop off was very handy too.

candfjmay

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2017

excellent tour guide, Jason, informative and amusing. Thanks

George E Cyprus

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2017

Excellent tour, amazing scenery

Kenneth C USA

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2017

Best way to see the National Park. Excellent views and an outstanding guide. We will always remember the views on Spirit Island.

Nelli S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2017

Sublime!
This kind of tranquil BEAUTY you cant find in overpopulated cities we live in. MUST do trip if you visit Jasper. Not only you visit Maligne lake and canyon you will see Medicine lake and might see some wildlife on the way. We saw mule deer and a male white tale deer on the way back. The tour guide was very helpful and knowledgeable. The bus was comfortable and pick up was on time.

Aurea T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2017

This is an excellent tour, the highlight of which was the boat tour on Maligne Lake to Spirit Island. The scenery is stunningly beautiful. On the way back we stopped and I saw my first black bear eating berries not far from the road which was a bonus!

Ann R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2017

Total experience was great. the highlight was our guide Chuck. His interpretive talk was way above expectation. He created an experience out of every stop. I learned a lot but also had fun.

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