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“Beautiful view” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Medicine Lake

Medicine Lake
Jasper National Park, Jasper National Park, Alberta, Canada
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Jasper City Sightseeing Tour
Type: Bodies of Water, Outdoors
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“Beautiful view”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2012

The Lake is beautiful, the turquoise water, the forest, and the mountains are providing an amazing view. It is a good stop on the way to the Maligne Lake, the road is a bit winding but the nature and the wildlife is interesting. We saw a moose next to the road.
There are no any boathouses there, but if you have an own canoe or kayak it could be nice to do trips on the lake.

Visited August 2012
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Biggar, United Kingdom
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“There's a leak in the lake”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2012

This is the strange lake which is full or drained depending upon the season - usually full in Summer and drained in Autumn/Fall (it drains through a huge network of underground channels faster than the river can feed it in Autumn/Fall).

Most people will only see it in the passing en route to Maligne Lake and of course either full or drained depending upon the time of year. However we thought it was worth stopping at the signed parking area and walking down to the shoreline when we were there in early October 2011. There are nice views here and along the route. The key viewing spot is only 13 miles or so from Jasper along the Maligne Lake Road so it may be worth a visit in it’s own right if conditions are good such as captured by orchid028 in photos posted 21 July 2011, abadonna posted October 2011 and ShifraToronto in July 2012 - lucky people!

Some visitors of course will not have managed along the lakeside or to Maligne Lake following a huge landslide which blocked the road for several days in August 2012. Such acts of nature are less predictable than the draining lake.

Visited October 2011
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St. Albert
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“Mysterious Lake”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2012

Due to underground rivers this lake disappears in the fall. This summer it was full to the top and overflowing because of all the rainfall. I have never seen the lake so big. It would be interesting to go back in late fall and compare pictures then with now.

Visited August 2012
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“Simply stunning”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2012

Tie it in with a trip to Maligne Lake. This place is just superb and there are good view points as you drive along the road. Leave yourself time to admire this place and to sean the information notices at the end of the lake.

Visited August 2012
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Lebanon, Ohio, USA
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“Cool spot to stop and take some photos”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2012

Easy spot to stop and take some photos of a mirror type lake. Apparently, it completely disappears later in the year, which is a wild concept. Worth a stop!

Visited July 2012
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