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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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Jasper National Park Wildlife and Waterfalls Tour
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Canadian Rockies Tour by Chauffeured Sidecar from Jasper

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We stood in awe...

On our way to the Maligne Lake, we couldn't help but stop to see this beautiful lake, Medicine Lake. The indigenous people used to believe that this lake had a supernatural power... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

On our way to the Maligne Lake, we couldn't help but stop to see this beautiful lake, Medicine Lake. The indigenous people used to believe that this lake had a supernatural power, since they saw the water disappear by each October, but return by spring. There is no apparent reason, no waterway to take away the water. On our way... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The lake was three quarters empty in mid Oct which was disappointing but a nice road trip on the way to Spirit Lake.Check before you book your tour as they won't tell you.

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Ottawa, Canada
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 27, 2016

Compared to other lakes in the area, this is just ok. If you're driving from Jasper to Maligne Lake, you'll pass by here.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 23, 2016

Lake vanishes when the water supply drain into underground caves - it's alongside the Lake Maligne road for several miles and full or empty provides excellent views and photo opps

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Leeds, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 9, 2016

This lake was included in the itinerary of our coach tour from Jasper. We stopped at one end and then continued along the road, which follows the shores for a considerable distance. At the small view point the water levels were very low and on the opposite side of the road the vegetation was all burnt from a fire two/three... More 

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Florissant, Missouri
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 1, 2016

We were shocked to see this lake with barely any water. There were a few streams running through it, but mostly it was dry and lifeless. We asked about it at the visitor center and they say it does this every year....empties and refills. Very interesting!

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 29, 2016

Very quiet spot, a bit spooky with low water level when I visited. Natives believed it was a place of "Big Medicine". Worth stopping by on various spots along the road and take few pics.

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Derby, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 27, 2016

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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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 26, 2016

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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 25, 2016

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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