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Medicine Lake Tours

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Medicine Lake
When is a lake not a lake? When it’s a river. Medicine Lake is a geologic anomaly: though it looks like a long—4.3 mi (7 km)—and relatively shallow lake, it’s actually an area of the Maligne River. During times of glacial melt during the summer, the water backs up and forms the “lake” until it can slowly drain underground again through a series of sinkholes. 

Aboriginal people called the lake Medicine Lake because of its incredible disappearing trick, but visitors these days are inspired by the opportunities for wildlife viewing of large mammals like bear, deer, moose and caribou. Fly-fishing is another popular pastime due to the proliferations of trout, but be prepared:  Medicine Lake disappears in the fall and winter months, becoming a mudflat.

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Medicine Lake is located approximately 12 mi (20 km) southeast of the town of Jasper, Alberta. Entry into Jasper National Park is $9.80 for adults, $8.30 for seniors and $4.90 for youth ages 6 -16. Jasper National Park and Medicine Lake are open year round, but adverse weather conditions may cause temporary closures of some roads.  
Address: Jasper National Park, Jasper, Alberta, Canada
Admission: Adults: $9.80; Children: $4.90
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6 Tours and Activities to Experience Medicine Lake

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

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

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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.
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$58.42
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Jasper Wildlife and Waterfalls Tour with Maligne Lake Hike

Jasper Wildlife and Waterfalls Tour with Maligne Lake Hike

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Jasper National Park is an amazing place to experience nature in the Canadian Rocky Mountains. Let a guide take you through some of the best spots for lake and mountain vistas, beside a waterfall, and on a lakeside hike on a forest path. This tour will take you to Maligne Canyon and its mountain waterfalls, disappearing Medicine Lake, and on an interpretive hike beside Maligne Lake.
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  • 5 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$68.21
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Jasper City Sightseeing Tour

Jasper City Sightseeing Tour

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Discover all that Jasper has to offer during this excursion covering the top natural attractions near town. During your trip you'll explore the towering limestone walls of Maligne Canyon during a walk to check out the waterfalls below, and gaze at the beautiful alpine waters at Maligne Lake and Medicine Lake. You'll also have a chance to scout for local wildlife like sheep, elk and bears that populates the area around Maligne Lake. This half-day trip near Jasper also includes round-trip transport from multiple locations in Jasper.
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$106.48
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$106.48
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5.5-Hour Jasper Wildlife and Waterfalls Tour with Maligne Lake Cruise from Jasper

5.5-Hour Jasper Wildlife and Waterfalls Tour with Maligne Lake Cruise from Jasper

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The Maligne Valley lies within the expansive Jasper National Park in Alberta, Canada. With this tour, navigate the rugged scenery with ease and reach some of the region’s most spectacular landscapes in comfort. Discover top natural attractions such as Maligne Canyon and Medicine Lake on foot, and enjoy a scenic cruise on Maligne Lake. Along the way, keep watch for sightings of native bears, eagles, elk, and moose in their natural habitat.
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  • 5 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$120.03
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Canadian Rockies Tour by Chauffeured Sidecar from Jasper

Canadian Rockies Tour by Chauffeured Sidecar from Jasper

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Feel the rush of the open road and the wind on your face as you tour the incredible landscape of Canadian Rockies and Jasper National Park in the sidecar of a Harley Davidson motorcycle driven by a professional driver. Pick from among a range of destinations for your ride, customized to meet your interests, including Medicine Lake, Maligne Canyon, Maligne Lake, Athabasca Falls, Angel Glacier, Miette Hot Springs or Mount Edith Cavell. Along the way, spot local wildlife and listen to insightful commentary from your guide about the area’s history and natural scenery. Your motorcycle ride can accommodate up to two passengers and also includes round-trip transport from your hotel or the train station, and 1-, 2- or 3-hour ride options.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$124.37
Price varies by group size
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$124.37
Price varies by group size

Jasper City Sightseeing Tour and Maligne Lake Cruise

Jasper City Sightseeing Tour and Maligne Lake Cruise

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Get to know picturesque Jasper on a short sightseeing tour before heading toward striking Maligne Lake. A guided cruise offers excellent views of the pretty shoreline with dense forests and glacial peaks that rise steeply from the water’s edge. Don’t forget your camera, as the opportunities for spectacular landscape photos are endless!
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  • 8 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$156.01
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