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Medicine Lake

Jasper National Park, Jasper, Alberta

The Basics

Throughout the spring and summer, Medicine Lake draws in sightseers from the nearby town of Jasper. Hiking trails and kayaking opportunities give you an ideal vantage point for wildlife watching—keep your eyes out for bears, caribou, moose, bighorn sheep, and more.xa0 While you can visit on your own, the lake is a popular stop on tours of Jasper National Park. Sightseeing tours to the lake also include visiting waterfalls in Maligne Canyon, cruises on Maligne Lake, and other stops along Maligne Lake Road.

You can learn more about the lake’s filling and draining process, as well as the story of how the local indigenous people gave Medicine Lake its name, from informational plaques along the trails and at viewpoints.

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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
star-4.5
$59.06 per adult
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You must do this.
The tour was excellent. Take the tour and don’t do it on your own at first. The guide was vey knowledgeable and told lots of stories
Kevin_S, Aug 2022

Recent reviews from experiences in Jasper

star-5
An excellent, informative tour.
richard_k, Aug 2022
Jasper National Park Tour: Maligne Valley, Medicine Lake and Spirit Island
We had booked and arranged a pick up from our hotel. The company then asked us to phone to confirm the pick up location which we did. They then sent an email to say they would pick us up from a different location. The coach still called in to our hotel! The tour itself and our guide was amazing. Fred was full of fascinating facts and clearly new the area and wildlife. Apart from the mix up with pick up locations, the tour was excellent value for money.
star-5
Very funny,but professional staff. Veryknowledgeableaboutthenature.
MAGDALENA_N, Aug 2022
Jasper National Park Tour: Maligne Valley, Medicine Lake and Spirit Island
Daniel was our guide. He was very funny and knowledgeable about the nature. Jeff- our driver,was so kind and stopped few times on the way,to see better few animals and eagles. Ruby was our boat driver, Melanie was the guide on the boat to Spirit Island. Very funny but at the same time very informative about the history of Indigenous people. Thank you girls Thank you Jeff and Daniel.🥰 Magdalena
star-5
Loved our Lake Milange Tour
Sue_s, Aug 2022
Jasper National Park Tour: Maligne Valley, Medicine Lake and Spirit Island
This trip was absolutely wonderful. We enjoyed our tour guide Deiter he was very informative and had a sense of humor. The boat trip to Spirit Island was beautiful.
star-5
Good tour
Don_S, Jul 2022
Jasper Wildlife and Waterfalls Tour with Maligne Lake Hike
Guide had a lot of information. We were a little slow on the trail and guide slowed down for us. Lots of roots on trail. Not for people with walking issues.
star-4
Great experience
Clara_F, Aug 2022
Jasper National Park Tour: Maligne Valley, Medicine Lake and Spirit Island
The views were great and we stopped at the most important landmarks. The guide was friendly and interesting.
star-5
Great experience!
Rossanne_K, May 2022
Jasper Wildlife and Waterfalls Tour with Maligne Lake Hike
My boyfriend and I booked this tour during the May long weekend and had a blast. Saw lots of animals and did some short hikes. Our guide was incredibly knowledgeable and friendly. Overall a great experience. Thank you!
star-5
Bears were a highlight.
kennthfund, Jul 2022
Jasper National Park Tour: Maligne Valley, Medicine Lake and Spirit Island
Got to see a few bears which was exciting. Boat trip was good, the guys who ran it were great. Tour guide was very informative and patient.
star-5
It was a great trip our...
John_G, Jul 2022
Jasper National Park Tour: Maligne Valley, Medicine Lake and Spirit Island
It was a great trip our bus driver captain and hostess of our boat where great. They explained everything that we saw and giving us the history of the area
star-4
Good Trip
Pat_S, Jul 2022
Jasper National Park Tour: Maligne Valley, Medicine Lake and Spirit Island
A relaxing boat excursion and informative trip, we saw wildlife and the driver stopped whenever possible and safe to do so
star-5
Love the tour and the guilds.
Guin_K, May 2022
Jasper Wildlife and Waterfalls Tour with Maligne Lake Hike
Everything is good. Mark and Jimmy are very nice and we saw a lot of wildlife on our way to Maligne Lake. They were so patient with us as I walked very slow and they still very much willing to explain the places and the different animal to us. We love the trip and have so good and informative guilds.
star-5
We even saw a bear!
Joan_H, Jul 2022
Jasper National Park Tour: Maligne Valley, Medicine Lake and Spirit Island
We couldn't have a a better driver, so knowledgeable and 'engaged' with the group. The boat trip was also very good and informative. Magnificent views, glaciers and, of course, beautiful Spirit Island.
star-5
Wonderful experience!!
Pat_T, May 2022
Jasper Wildlife and Waterfalls Tour with Maligne Lake Hike
It was a fantastic tour - such knowledgeable & friendly guides, Trevor & assistant Jake. They fulfilled all our expectations - saw sheep, deer, moose + mummy & baby bear 👍😊👍😊
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Things to Know Before You Go

  • The lake is an intriguing stop for geology and glacier enthusiasts—information boards provide details about the lake’s natural disappearing act.
  • If you want to get on the water, bring your own craft or rent a kayak from a shop that delivers it to the lake for you.
  • The lake’s north viewpoint (paved and wheelchair accessible) is the best spot to stop for photos overlooking the lake.
  • Medicine Lake offers a quiet alternative to the more populated Maligne Lake.
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How to Get There

Medicine Lake is conveniently located just 15 miles (25 kilometers) from Jasper en route to Maligne Lake. Take Highway 16 north to Maligne Lake Road and continue on the scenicxa0 Maligne Lake Road until you reach the lake.

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When to Get There

To see the lake when it is full of water, visit in the late spring or summer. If you visit in the fall, expect mudflats rather than a lake.

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Must-See Spots in Maligne Valley

Medicine Lake is just one of many natural attractions nestled in the Maligne Valley, making the Maligne Lake Road a popular route for sightseers and wildlife enthusiasts. One of the best spots for hiking and photography is Maligne Canyon—the deep, narrow gorge is filled with waterfalls. Maligne Lake is the spot to go for lake cruises, kayaking, stand-up paddleboarding, and fishing.

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Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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What are the nearest attractions to Medicine Lake?
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What else should I know about attractions in Jasper?
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As well as visiting the Medicine Lake, check out these trip ideas to make the most of your visit: