We booked this tour through the Fairmont Jasper Lodge resort, where we were staying. Our driver guide picked us up on time. There were 6 tourists on the tour including my boyfriend and I.
Our guide was excellent. He is a local from Jasper and his love for outdoors, wildlife, and his hometown showed all the way.
We visited Maligne Valley; heard local stories from our guide; saw fossils, bear paw marks on trees, elks, mountain goats, a bear, an eagle; walked on Maligne Canyon, learned the story of Medicine Lake.. Our guide kept us entertained and learning along the 45 minute ride and each and every stop we made.
The 90 minute boat ride to Spirit Island was enjoyable, too. If you are driving, you can actually make your way to Maligne Lake and purchase the ticket there to go on the cruise. You can also choose to do a hike instead.
When we got to the iconic Spirit Lake, we were given some free time off the boat to take photos, then made our way back.
There are yummy pastries and foods for sell by the lake. After the boat cruise we had half an hour for lunch there before heading back to Jasper. Our lunch was good, and we shopped for some souvenirs at the local store. They have cheap silver jewelry with local stones, and other interesting handicrafts.
I wish I could remember our guide´s name to write it here and say a big thank you again for such a wonderful day. I did write to his boss and gave him the description of our guide, so hopefully he was recognized for his excellent work.
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