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Maligne Canyon: Our most recommended tours and activities

Jasper: Wildlife and Waterfalls Tour with Lakeshore Hike

1. 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: Maligne Valley Wildlife Watching & Boat Tour

2. 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.

Icefields Parkway: Smartphone Audio Driving Tour

3. 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.

Jasper: Maligne Canyon Guided Hike in Jasper National Park

4. Jasper: Maligne Canyon Guided Hike in Jasper National Park

Discover Canada's winter wonderland in the summer with a guided hike of the Maligne Canyon in Jasper National Park. Learn all about Jasper's Maligne Valley, the topography of the Canadian Rockies, and solve the mystery of the disappearing Medicine Lake. Enjoy pickup from your Jasper accommodation and embark on your shuttle to Maligne Canyon. Get ready to explore the deepest accessible canyon in the Canadian Rockies, fully equipped with a guide and proper equipment. Admire the Karst topography and learn about the mysterious disappearing Medicine Lake. As you walk, hear the rushing water and see amazing waterfalls, beginning at Bridge 1 and finishing at Bridge 5 of the canyon. Appreciate a shuttle ride back up to the top of the canyon to avoid the steep ascend, and catch a ride back to your accommodation.

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What people are saying about Maligne Canyon

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 252 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.

Super easy to use, works perfectly with gps even without cell service, content was interesting and at a good cadence. Would highly recommend to anyone driving the Icefields Parkway!

Easy to load using the app. Very informative timely information. Excellent!!

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

Very interesting. Easy. Definitely worth the money.