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Jasper National Park Tour: Maligne Valley, Medicine Lake and Spirit Island
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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.
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TLG444 wrote a review Feb 2020
Lethbridge, Canada871 contributions145 helpful votes
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The drive was beautiful but a bit scary. Very narrow with 180 degree switchbacks and drop-offs in some areas. We arrived at the parking area late afternoon, after a long day of sight-seeing. It was starting to get cold and the mosquito's were horrendous so we decided to not attempt the hike to the glacier.
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Date of experience: August 2019
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MITravelwriter wrote a review Jan 2020
Troy, Michigan305 contributions117 helpful votes
We loved the views at the top of this mountain. An easy path takes you to a viewing area across from Angel Glacier. We walked further on the path and were treated to prolonged views of marmots sunning themselves on the rocks.
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Date of experience: June 2019
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UniversalTraversal wrote a review Oct 2019
Oakville, Canada833 contributions377 helpful votes
Luckily, the car park has been renovated and a pass from Jasper is no longer necessary to hike here. Nevertheless, arrive early, as the place can get busy! There's no shortage in scenery variation - at the base is a pond fed by the melting glacier (and occasionally a small avalanche), followed by a rocky area where you can see pikas hiding, to forest, to open grasslands with ground squirrels and marmots, and lastly, a gravelly peak. All this with a beautiful glacier closeby. A reasonably healthy individual should take 5-6 hours to do the trail. The final viewing area requires a hike up a thin path, which might be difficult for inexperienced hikers, but the other areas are easy to get to. This was easily my favourite hike in Jasper - definitely a must-see!
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Date of experience: September 2019
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Jerry W wrote a review Oct 2019
Brandon, Canada12 contributions15 helpful votes
The drive up to the parking lot was an experience in itself. If you get car sick easily then I would not attempt the drive. Very narrow road with lots of 180 degree switch back turns. Walk up to the lookout was fairly easy. Paved trail, took us about 30 minutes to get there but we stopped to take in the view a few times. We went beyond the lookout to the edge of the lake. That hike was very rocky so more difficult, but worth the effort. The views are outstanding, words just can't describe. We also witnessed an avalanche while we were there.
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Date of experience: September 2019
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Jake H wrote a review Oct 2019
Austin, Texas293 contributions126 helpful votes
The Edith Cavell hike overlooking Angel Glacier was breathtaking. The hike was a bit strenuous in parts but that was also due to the cold winter air blowing it. The hike is worth it! I could have sat on the rocks looking unto the glacier for hours had the temperature not dropped significantly and the snow fall. It is a beautiful area and didn't have many tourists so it was perfect!
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Date of experience: October 2019
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