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Address: Jasper National Park, Jasper National Park, Alberta, Canada
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Jasper National Park Tour: Maligne Valley, Medicine Lake and Spirit Island
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Strange and beautiful

This is a strange and beautiful lake which dries up completely by the end of the summer. When we visited the southern part of the lake was already dry but we also stopped at the... read more

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Derby, United Kingdom
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Derby, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

This is a strange and beautiful lake which dries up completely by the end of the summer. When we visited the southern part of the lake was already dry but we also stopped at the north end view point from where we were able to take some stunning photographs. The reflections of the mountains and trees in the water were... More 

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Ottawa, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 88 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This lake is located just passed Maligne canyon. It has does an interesting phenomenon as the lake "disappears" later in the summer season. There is quite a few pull offs on the right side when you are driving up to Maligne Lake for photo ops.

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Buenos Aires
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

En route to Medicine Lake, stop to take pictures and take in the view of this lake. Its level drops by 20 meters and becomes almost dry as the summer progresses. The water filters through the lake's bed to resurface downstream at Maligne Canyon.

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Aurora, Ohio
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

We visited Medicine Lake at the end of September. It looked as if the lake was almost dried up. If you read the interpretive signs, this lake is fed by glacier ice melt. It is a bottom draining lake and drains continuously. Late summer and early fall, the rate of draining exceeds the rate of filling. Therefore, the water level... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

On the way to Maligne lake we stopped and learn about this interesting spot. The way it's appear and disappear, where water from lake vanish. Amazing

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We visited in fall and the water level was quite low. I'm guessing this lake is better to see earlier in the season, but when we were there it was just good for a quick stop.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

It's interesting to learn a little more about forest fires and see the result and regrowth. Water level seemed low (maybe it was normal? I dunno...)

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St. Catharines, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This Lake, which you will pass on the way to Maligne Lake, looked like it was just any other lake drying up, but that is when we learned an awesome lesson in science and history. All I will say is that it is a self draining like that Aboriginals would see replenishing itself and thought it was a healing Lake.... More 

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LaSalle, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

MEDICINE LAKE is another beautiful lake I had the pleasure to visit and take beautiful picture . The color of this lake is incredible something you will only see in the ROCKIES !!!

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Delaware
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Medicine Lake is on the way to Maligne Lake, so if you are planning a trip, it is worth a stopover. There are only a couple of places to stop off and park, but it is worth a chance to get out and stretch your legs and snap some photos. Medicine Lake was prettier in person than expected (pictures don't... More 

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