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

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

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icon6 hours  (Approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
Mobile ticket
iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds

Overview

Experience the most incredible sights in Jasper National Park’s Maligne Valley during this guided excursion to the region’s most scenic lakes and majestic canyons. Check out Medicine Lake, Maligne Canyon, and Maligne Lake during your trip, keeping your eyes out for area wildlife and learning about the unique natural history (and more recent human settlement) of the Canadian Rockies. Over the course of the day, you also get to enjoy short walks through the beautiful scenery, and choose between a boat ride or guided hike at Maligne Lake. Your Maligne Valley trip also includes round-trip transport from your Jasper hotel.
  • Half-day tour of Maligne Valley, from Jasper
  • See the stunning limestone gorge and waterfalls in Maligne Canyon
  • Find out from your expert guide why the Medicine Lake appears to vanish every year
  • Choose from a boat cruise on Maligne Lake to Spirit Island or a short guided hike
  • Look for abundant wildlife in Jasper National Park, including moose and wolves
  • Enjoy several stops for short walks to stunning viewpoints and photo ops
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Professional guide
Hotel pickup and drop off
Air-conditioned vehicle
Gratuities

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8:30 AM

Please arrive 10 minutes before your selected start time for pickup. Your operator can coordinate exact time and location.

Please note we do not pick-up at Campgrounds, Pocohontas Cabins and the Overlander lodge.
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.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Maligne Canyon
You’ll stop first at Maligne Canyon where a short walk takes you across two bridges over a 165 foot (50m) deep gorge that has been carved into the limestone. Catch great views of the waterfalls spilling into the canyon below as you explore the area with your guide, who will share information about the geology and wildlife in the area.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Medicine Lake
After checking out Maligne Canyon, you’ll continue to drive to Medicine Lake, taking a gorgeous road that winds through a dramatic mountain and forest landscape. Medicine Lake is famous for ‘vanishing’ every summer, the result of an extensive underground karst system — one of the largest in the world.
Duration: 20 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Maligne Lake
From Medicine Lake you’ll follow the road to gorgeous Maligne Lake where you’ll have a choice of a boat cruise to Spirit Island or a 2-mile (3.2km) guided hike on an easy and level trail. If you choose the hiking option, you’ll follow your guide on the Mary Schaffer Loop trail, which skirts the shore of Maligne Lake to a beautiful viewpoint with interpretive displays and benches before continuing into the trees and back to your starting point.
Duration: 3 hours 
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Spirit Island
If you choose to take the boat cruise, you’ll board a comfortable enclosed boat with large windows for a scenic tour on Maligne Lake. Your boat will stop at Spirit Island, a small gem in the lake, where you’ll have time for photos and a short stroll. **Please note this is NOT included for guests who choose the WALK option** Throughout the day, your guide will explain the natural and human history of the area and will keep an eye out for the abundant wildlife that lives here. Sightings may include bear, deer, caribou, wolves, moose, bighorn sheep, bald eagles and osprey, among the many animals of Jasper National Park. At the end of your tour, you will be returned to your Jasper hotel.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Included
  • 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 tour/activity will have a maximum of 24 travelers
  • OPERATED BY SunDog Tour Co
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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Reviews

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star-4
Beautiful sightseeing in Jasper, worth to visit !
Tourist
, Sep 2021
Very beautiful sightseeing in Jasper, definitely worth to visit. The Spirit Island with cruise tour is the best. The tout guide on the boat talk too much about First Nation, feel a bit like government employee, too much to the tourists. Also the gift shop on the dock area is really EXPENSIVE when compare to Jasper downtown gift shops
star-4
Fantastic tour, highly recommend, be aware of lack of CovId precautions on boat tour
David_B
, Sep 2021
Jeff was fantastic, we really enjoyed his narrative and his knowledge on the tour up and down the mountain. Be aware, the boat tour itself is operated by a separate company, there is no social distancing and masks are not mandatory, we opted to get off the boat due to the lack of CovID precautions with no reimbursement of funds, we were only told “this is Alberta “. Still, the overall trip was definitely worth it, the views are breathtaking and even at Maligne lake there is a fantastic restaurant, great views, hiking trails, paddle boat rentals. We would still highly recommend this trip!!!
star-4
It was great
Rebecca_P
, Aug 2021
The boat cruise, everything was beautiful! The guide was amazing very knowledgeable , the driver and other lady on the boat were exceptional
star-3
Shuttle to lake and boat tour
TheHappyTraveller
, Aug 2021
Nice scenery on the boat; the driver of the shuttle was personable and made an effort to be relational when the guests. The boat was enclosed, windows were ok; speeches from tour guide got oddly political (like almost the entire 2 hours) and diminished the experience. Don’t get me wrong, TRC is needed and wanted but it’s a little much coming from a parks and rec tour guide.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-4
Enjoyed it very much
Sue_ma
, Aug 2021
The tour was very good, Lutz, our guide knew his stuff and everyone involved in this tour were very helpful. The scenery was breathtaking
icon Response from Host , Aug 2021
Thanks for your glowing review Sue! Lutz certainly has a bunch of historical and environmental knowledge to share with his guests. Wishing you and you family a great remainder of your vacation.
star-5
Fantastic
Leah_S
, Aug 2021
Such a beautiful cruise on Maligne Lake! Our tour guide Liam was fantastic! Spirit Lake was extremely beautiful to see in person. I would not change a thing.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Excellent experience with informative and friendly guides.
Lynn_C
, Aug 2021
Lutz was a great guide and bus driver - very knowledgeable. Jordan and Sarah as tour guides and captains on the bus tour were awesome as well. Would definitely recommend this trip to family and friends.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Memorable
catherine_g
, Aug 2021
The tour and tourist guide were awesome. First time in jasper and we will definetely go back wth Sundog tour again.. thankyou.
star-5
Awesome experience with a knowledgeable guide
Masoud_M
, Jul 2021
Visiting the wild life around the city, in the way of Maligne Canyon. The information given by the guide was so interesting. He showed us something that we could never find by ourselves. His responsibility and care made a convenient, smooth, enjoyable and memorable day for us.
star-1
Terrible customer service
robert
, Jul 2021
My holiday to Canada and Alaska was covid cancelled for the 2nd time. I had 7 day trips booked with you all of which were cancelled last year. I have rebooked Holiday for May 22, on looking at next years trips I was informed that 1 trip was still live for 2021. Multiple attempts were made to cancel this trip but to no avail. Even my Cruise consultant Kirsten from the Cruise specialists contacted one of your people & was told the trip was cancelled. Then I got a text telling me the £166 was being taken from my account another failed attempt to contact you, then a ticket was sent to me in England for a trip we could not take, then I get a text asking how I had enjoyed the trip! We had booked trips with your co. worth over £1000 which we were going to do next year but will now look for another firm. I am still waiting for a refund.
1 traveler found this review helpful

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