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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.

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Icefields Parkway: Smartphone Audio Driving Tour

2. Icefields Parkway: Smartphone Audio Driving Tour

Discover the incredible Icefields Parkway with this smartphone audio tour between Lake Louise and Jasper. Let your audio guide transform this beautiful scenic drive into a sight-seeing, fact-finding, trivia-answering, family-friendly adventure. With your phone or tablet at your guide (download instructions found on your confirmation voucher), start from either Jasper or Lake Louise, and end at the other. Enjoy the same tour experience in either direction. Watch as your audio guide point out must-see sights, attractions, breathtaking mountains, and glaciers that you pass along the journey. Learn about the area's early pioneers, animals, geography, and the historical events that led to the highway’s creation. Take in the panoramic views of Lake Hector and Bow Lake, and stop for easy trails in Banff National Park. Explore the Columbia Icefields and the Columbia Icefields Discovery Center. See the majestic Dolomite and Bow Peaks, Mount Amery, Mount Murchison, and Mount Wilson. Take in the gorgeous Sunwapta Falls where the water flows from the melting Athabasca Glacier. Hear about the people and events that made the area famous like Mary Shaffer Warren, Bill Peyto, George Simpson, and the Palliser Expedition. Easily navigate your tour and enjoy entertainment suitable for all ages. Stay laughing and engaged with your friends or family along the way with trivia fun. Hear fun audio clips that play automatically as you drive using a live GPS map. Try out multiple-choice trivia questions about the sights at each point of interest you pass. With no time constraints, enjoy the freedom to stop anywhere and take your time exploring.

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Alberta: Jasper National Park Full-Day Trip with Lake Cruise

3. Alberta: Jasper National Park Full-Day Trip with Lake Cruise

Following a pick-up from your accommodation in Jasper, climb aboard a 21-seat tour bus for a comfortable drive up the valley. Your first stop will be at Maligne Canyon. Enjoy an easy 30-minute walk and see the deepest portion at 164 feet, including a thundering waterfall. Re-board your bus and drive on through stunning landscapes en route to Medicine Lake. Here the tour will make a 10-minute stop for photos, and your guide will explain why this is known locally as the "disappearing lake." Continue on to Maligne Lake and take a 90-minute scenic cruise to Spirit Island. Throughout the day, look out for Canada’s famous wildlife, such as abundant moose, the odd black bear, and even a grizzly.

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Jasper: Wildlife and Waterfalls Tour with Lakeshore Hike

4. 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.

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Jasper: Sightseeing Tour with Maligne Lake Cruise

5. 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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Jasper National Park: Maligne Lake Cruise With Guide

6. Jasper National Park: Maligne Lake Cruise With Guide

Sit back and relax onboard a comfortable and unforgettable 14-kilometer (8.7-mile) cruise along Maligne Lake. Take in the views of the surrounding peaks of the Canadian Rockies, alpine glaciers, and azure water of the lake. Watch out for wildlife and learn from your guide about the early explorers and indigenous people of Jasper National Park, a UNESCO world heritage site. Visit the tiny but very famous Spirit Island, which is only accessible by boat, and enjoy a short nature trail before returning to Home Bay.

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What people are saying about Maligne Lake

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 156 reviews

Trevor picked me up in the front of Wapati Campground and from there we headed back thru town to several other lodges for pick ups and went on to a gorge and several lakes ending up for a lunch stop at Lake Maligne. I brought my own lunch. We then boarded the boat which took us to spirit island. The weather was perfect the location was spectacular. Beautiful clear water and mountains galore. Trevor was an excellent guide. I learned a lot about the area. Thank you! I highly recommend.

It was amazing. Our tour guide Jamie was a nice guy who gave us a brief about all the places we stopped by for photos. We were lucky enough to see mooses, elks and a young grizzly bear. The 1.5 hours cruise tour is a must if you want to experience great views. The cruise captain and guide Maddy and Jade were very professional and humorous. Really enjoyed.

This was a bucket list trip for me. We had two days of rain which cleared out all the smoke so the day we went on the boat was a glorious sunny clear day. It was just as pretty as I always imagined. This was my third time in Jasper hoping to go, and the weather has always been poor. So I was incredibly happy with the whole trip. The staff were great!

Definitely makes the route entertaining. Sometimes a little too childish for us, but definitely recommended. We had the feeling that she was actually better received for Lake Louise after Jasper than the other way around.

Excellent trip. Well planned and great driver. Very informative and helpful. Sebastian was a hoot. Sarah and Jordan were both excellent also. This is one of the best things to do in Jasper