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Medicine Lake: Our most recommended tours and activities

Jasper: Maligne Valley Wildlife Watching & Boat Tour

1. Jasper: Maligne Valley Wildlife Watching & Boat Tour

Experience magical mountains, alpine meadows, and thrilling rivers on this 5.5-hour tour to the Maligne Valley from Jasper. Part of the Jasper National Park, the valley is home to magnificent lakes and outstanding hiking trails. Following a pick-up from your Jasper hotel, you will go on a short hike past the sheer 100-foot walls of Maligne Canyon. Then, take a scenic drive to Maligne Lake and the "disappearing" Medicine Lake. Look out for elk and moose as you drive. Maligne Lake is the second largest glacial-fed lake in the world. It drains into the Maligne River and continues down to Medicine Lake. You will visit what is arguably the most extensive karst system - or underground river system - in Canada. An underground network of caves remains largely out of reach to visitors, keeping it a mystery for future exploration. Your professional guide will expand on this inscrutable place during an immersive narrative. During the summer season, you can join an inclusive boat cruise to Spirit Island, the only means of reaching the isolated island, for serene views of the stunning alpine scenery.  During the rest of the year, you can enjoy a guided hike along the Mary Schaffer Loop. Depending on the time of the year, you will enjoy wildlife viewings in the area around Maligne Canyon, including moose, sheep, caribou, and bears. Jump back on the bus for your return journey and hotel drop-off in Jasper, at the heart of Canada’s largest Rocky Mountain national park.

Jasper: Wildlife and Waterfalls Tour with Lakeshore Hike

2. Jasper: Wildlife and Waterfalls Tour with Lakeshore Hike

Travel by comfortable minibus on this 5.5-hour excursion to the Maligne Valley, the most spectacular scenery in the Canadian Rockies. Along the way, your naturalist guide will provide commentary on the history and natural wonders of the area. Stop at 2 of the bridges to take in views of the cascading waterfalls and see the continuing erosion of ancient limestone. At the world-famous Maligne Lake, head out on a 3 to 4-kilometer interpretive nature walk. Admire the beautiful lakeshore vistas before following the easy-grade trail loop back into the forested area. After the hike, you’ll have a bit of free time to relax at the Maligne Lake Day Lodge before returning to Jasper.

Jasper: Sightseeing Tour with Maligne Lake Cruise

3. Jasper: Sightseeing Tour with Maligne Lake Cruise

Explore the spectacular natural treasures of the largest national park in the Canadian Rockies in just 1 day - all in the company of a friendly and knowledgeable guide. During the tour, enjoy a complimentary hot lunch, light snacks, and refreshments.  First, start your tour in Jasper, filled with shops, restaurants, and panoramic views in all directions. Learn interesting facts and stories about this charming town. Then, head to Maligne Canyon measured over 50 meters deep. Stand above the massive walls of the canyon and enjoy the stunning views of rushing waterfalls. Continue the tour to Medicine Lake and discover the mystery of the disappearing water. End the tour by experiencing the scenic lake cruise of Maligne Lake. The views of Spirit Island will leave you in awe. Please note that during the shoulder season, the tour does not include a Maligne Lake Cruise; instead, spend more time exploring Jasper National Park. Finally, return to Jasper where your memorable day concludes.

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What people are saying about Medicine Lake

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 236 reviews

Had a great time on this tour. The guide shared a lot of information about the park and its wildlife with us, which was very interesting. We did not see many animals since we had to get to the lake so people could go on the cruise in time. I was the only one on the bus to do the hike, so the guide let me choose which trail to take based on my preferences. I told him I wanted to see wildlife so we took the Moose Lake loop trail. He answered all my questions about wildlife (which were A LOT) and told me where I could see moose since he had seen them there before. That day we didn’t see any, but I came back the following day to that exact spot and only had to wait 5’ for a moose and her calf to come into the water! I would definitely recommend this tour.

The tour guide/driver (Dieter) was so lovely, very knowledgeable about Jasper, Maligne Lake, Medicine Lake, Maligne River and always kept a look out for wildlife so we could get prime viewing. We ended up seeing 2 cubs and a mumma bear along with a pack of bighorn sheep. The boat guide (Steph) was also very welcoming and knowledgeable of the area/maligne lake and spirit island. The captain (Jordan) made the boat trip fun. Highly recommended!

Beautiful scenery, informative guide and great weather to enjoy it all.

It was a really fun day. Lots to see. The tour guide was most awesome

Really nice experience. I highly recommend it to you