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Jasper National Park Tour: Maligne Valley, Medicine Lake and Spirit Island

Jasper National Park Tour: Maligne Valley, Medicine Lake and Spirit Island
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Exploring Jasper National Park on your own can mean lots of driving, but you are free to enjoy the view on this scenic tour of Maligne Valley, Medicine Lake, and Maligne Lake. Frequent stops for short walks ensure plenty of time to stretch your legs, and you have the choice between a guided hike at Maligne Lake or a boat cruise to Spirit Island.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 6h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Available languages
English
Highlights
  • Watch for wildlife as you travel through prime habitat
  • See some of Jasper’s most beautiful places
  • Enjoy a mix of big views and active exploring
  • Included boat cruise or hiking tour shows Maligne Lake at its best
What to expect
  • Discover some of the most spectacular scenery in the Canadian Rockies, enjoying fun hikes and wildlife spotting on the way, during this 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 to Maligne Lake, taking time on its shores to enjoy a boat ride to the postcard-perfect Spirit Island or a nature walk along an easy trail. Those who select the hike 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 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. 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.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 6h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Available languages
English
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Highlights
  • Watch for wildlife as you travel through prime habitat
  • See some of Jasper’s most beautiful places
  • Enjoy a mix of big views and active exploring
  • Included boat cruise or hiking tour shows Maligne Lake at its best
What to expect
  • Discover some of the most spectacular scenery in the Canadian Rockies, enjoying fun hikes and wildlife spotting on the way, during this 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 to Maligne Lake, taking time on its shores to enjoy a boat ride to the postcard-perfect Spirit Island or a nature walk along an easy trail. Those who select the hike 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 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. 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.
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Call the number below and use the product code: 3872MVLAKE
Call +1 855 275 5071
Important information
Inclusions
  • Professional guide
  • Hotel pickup and drop off
  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • Entry/Admission - Maligne Canyon
  • Entry/Admission - Medicine Lake
  • Entry/Admission - Spirit Island
Exclusions
  • Gratuities
Duration
6h
Departure details
  • Traveler pickup is offered.
  • Please note we do not pick-up at Campgrounds, Pocohontas Cabins and the Overlander lodge.
  • Hotel pickup is offered. View the hotel list on our checkout page to see if yours is included among the pickup points.
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Contents of tours may vary due to weather and road conditions
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 24 travelers
Inclusions
  • Professional guide
  • Hotel pickup and drop off
  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • Entry/Admission - Maligne Canyon
  • Entry/Admission - Medicine Lake
  • Entry/Admission - Spirit Island
Exclusions
  • Gratuities
Departure details
  • Traveler pickup is offered.
  • Please note we do not pick-up at Campgrounds, Pocohontas Cabins and the Overlander lodge.
  • Hotel pickup is offered. View the hotel list on our checkout page to see if yours is included among the pickup points.
Duration
6h
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Contents of tours may vary due to weather and road conditions
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 24 travelers
Itinerary
  • You'll get picked up
    See Important Information for details
  • 1
    Maligne Canyon
    Stop: 30 minutes - Admission included
    See details
  • 2
    Medicine Lake
    Stop: 20 minutes - Admission included
    See details
  • 3
    Maligne Lake
    Stop: 3 hours
    See details
  • 4
    Spirit Island
    Stop: 60 minutes - Admission included
    See details
  • You'll return to the starting point
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Stanley S
6 contributions
Incredible.
In life, tours tend to be hit and miss. Sometimes too much information gets delivered in a monotonic soliloquy. Other times it is rushed and you leave the tour having learned nothing.

In steps Norm.

Norm, our guide and driver, has navigated the wilderness for decades (literally) and knows every story about every nook and craney. His warm demeanour from the get go helped bind a group of strangers, and Norm carefully chose pitstops to view certain areas of flora, fauna and natural landscape.

He was able to convey a vast amount of information effortlessly and in a fun manner, whilst leaving all guests very ample time to relax, let the scenes percolate in our minds and really enjoy the moment.

This is without a shadow of a doubt the most enjoyable tour ive ever had, and I was very sad to leave, having felt like Norm was a box of stories and information that is so volumous that we would all need another 10 days to collect all his gems. He is a true asset to the company, and Im sure they know that.

Anyway, this tour is incredible. Book it.
Written September 25, 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Ame123
Dryden, Canada16 contributions
Worth the drive
We had a great experience with the boat tour of Maligne Lake. To start we were late as we didn’t know that the lake was located 40km up Maligne Lake road (which is a 60km/h road) so allow yourself 45 minutes to travel the road. We missed our scheduled tour time so they ended up running one more tour which accommodates us as well as the overflow from the previous tour. Our tour guide Sam and boat driver Abigail were great! They are very knowledgeable and very good about accommodating our guest that has mobility issues.
Written September 7, 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Sylvain B
Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Canada54 contributions
Maligne tour lake
Sep 2021
“Wonderful boat tour”
It was very nice boat ride an the lake! Our Captain Steph and the very funny guide Flo did a top job with the trip making it very safe and well informed. We took very nice pictures!
Written September 4, 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
SunDog R
Thanks for the glowing review :) Please let us know the next time you are in Jasper we would love to host you on another of our programs.
Written September 5, 2021
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Andy K
Canada48 contributions
Wonderful boat tour
Aug 2021
Great boat ride a magnificent lake! Our Captain Sara and the guide Maddy did a top job with the trip making it very safe and well informed. all was well worth the trip to get some wonderful pictures!
Written August 26, 2021
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SunDog R
Thanks for your review Andy, we love it when our guests have a wonderful time. Glad you got all the photo's you were after. Please let us know if you are in Jasper again we would love to host you on another tour. Have a wonderful day
Written August 27, 2021
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Bonnie K
Lloydminster, Canada4 contributions
Amazing Day Tour!
Aug 2021
This was a great day! Our tour guide was very knowledgeable and interesting to listen to. Maligne Lake is a must stop on your Jasper get away!
Written August 16, 2021
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Kate
21 contributions
Okish🤷‍♀️
The bus driver was really good he was funny and very knowledgeable and on time. The boat cruise was not bad but not as exapected they sailed us all the way out to spirt Island,Docked then told us we had 15 min to explore and the tour guides got to swim which we were told we couldnt when we called and asked questions?? Then they called us back when they were done swimming just to drive us back they did tell us alittle history and tried to keep things entertaining. I know it's not the campy fault but having screeming kids on the boat doesnt make it fun at all they should have a separate boat for Familys with kids or one for adults for a quick trip. I personally wont do this again but this is just my experience what happen SunDog tour company was good but the boat campy could do better. We did get some food when we docked but staff was abit rude and over priced all worried about covid but the cashier been touching people money ahead of us and then the cash register didnt even hand sanitize then opened both our liquar drinks with her dirty hands was not impressed.
Written June 25, 2021
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Leland
5 contributions
Wonderful experience!!
Oct 2020 • Friends
First and foremost kessia is an amazing tour guide for the boat tour. Secondly luis is an amazing captain and boat driver. It was a super fun experience and a smooth ride. Even when we went out the back door while driving he made it a very smooth ride. Kessia was funny as heck but also very Knowledgable about the surrounding lakes and mountain ranges. So thank you both for making that experience worth it to me. As someone one who is extremely afraid of deep water and boats that was actually an amazing experience for me. -leland
Written October 17, 2020
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Jan K
Edmonton, Canada3 contributions
Best boat ride EVER!
Oct 2020 • Couples
An amazing experience - exceptionally beautiful views - Luis was a great captain 👨‍✈️ on this trip while Kessia was a fabulous tour guide who has a great sense of humour AND was very knowledgeable regarding the area and the history. She answered all questions and was a wealth of information regarding the tour and Jasper in general. Would highly recommend this tour👍
Written October 16, 2020
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Yvonne T
Calgary, Canada44 contributions
Knowledgeable and Personable
We had a great time with Lutz (?) on our tour of Maligne Canyon, Medicine lake and Maligne Lake. We stopped often for photos and factoids. Didn’t see any bears or moose, but it wasn’t a wildlife tour so the birds and elk at the end were a bonus. We had already visited Maligne canyon the prior day, but he was giving us different information and perspective. We had a chance to get different photos (lighting). Liked the stories. Very friendly. Safe driving.
Written September 18, 2020
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charmingkiwii
Jasper, Canada15 contributions
Wonderful boat tour to Spirit Island
I enjoyed the cruise to Spirit Island, the captain Mark and Guide Nick just made this 30mins trips more fun.
It was lovely walked around the trial in front of the island.
The sky was smoked due to the south fire, but it also made the island looks more mysterious.
Written September 15, 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

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