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Spirit Island, Lake Maligne

Spirit Island, Lake Maligne: Our most recommended tours and activities

Jasper: Wildlife and Waterfalls Tour with Maligne Cruise

1. Jasper: Wildlife and Waterfalls Tour with Maligne 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.

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.

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What people are saying about Spirit Island, Lake Maligne

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4.8 / 5

based on 376 reviews

Amazing tour. Sab was out tour guide and drive for the bus, great knowledge of the area, great suggestions for what was available to do in the area after the tour and he was very easy to approach with questions. Mel was our captain and Jared was our tour guide on the boat. Both were professional, funny and knowledgeable. Jared went around to each group sitting in their seats to ask if they had any questions about anything, excellent personal touch. Thank you for a great tour

Great day out, Being a small tour I felt it more personal and relaxing, our tour guide Ross is great, very knowledgeable The cruise was great with great views, the tour guide was great

A wonderful trip across Maligne Lake to Spirit Island is the highlight of this tour, which also includes a trip to Maligne Canyon. Not to be missed!

Amazing tour experience! Tour guide Ross is a Superstar! Amazing storyteller! Our boat guides Jorden and Nick were Amazing too ! Must do tour!

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