Winter is a great time to see wildlife. Explore Jasper’s lower valleys and go into the subalpine on the Maligne Lake road to search out the natural beauty of winter in the Rockies and the abundant wildlife.
Frozen lakes and rivers provide a great back drop and contrast for the elk, deer, moose, wolves, sheep and coyotes that are still very active in winter.
Jasper National Park is well known for its abundant wildlife. Join our tour to learn the challenges of managing and protecting wildlife in the national park. This journey will take you to seasonal locations with the best opportunity to spot various animals such as elk, bear, moose, sheep and deer.
This shuttle primarily caters to those embarking on a multi-day backcountry hike along the Skyline Trail by providing one-way transportation between trailheads.
If you are hiking the trail South to North (recommended), you will start your hike at Maligne Lake. We suggest parking your vehicle at the North Skyline / Signal Mountain Trailhead which would be the end point of your hike. Our shuttle can then collect you at 9:15 am and transport you to Maligne Lake where you can begin your hike. Your car will be waiting when you finish.
For those hiking the trail in reverse, we suggest parking your vehicle at Maligne Lake (South Trailhead) which will be the ending point of your hike. Our shuttle would collect you at 10 am and transport you to North Skyline / Signal Mountain Trailhead where you can begin your hike. Your car will be waiting when you finish.
For those without a vehicle, pick-up is available from our office in Downtown Jasper. If you are planning on hiking elsewhere in the valley, pick-up or drop-off is also available at Watchtower or Jacque Lake Trailheads.
This journey takes us through forty five kilometers of the most spectacular scenery anywhere in the Canadian Rockies. The Maligne Valley is home to a wide range of flora and fauna, and has geological features unique anywhere in the world.
Our journey will be searching for the abundant wildlife while explaining the history and natural wonders to be explored.
A 30 minute stop at Maligne Canyon allows us time to explore the two bridges, offering fantastic views of the cascading waterfall and continuing erosion of the ancient limestone.
As we continue into the Valley we will rise into the sub-alpine forests and view the expanding ranges of limestone rising out of Medicine Lake. This mysterious disappearing lake will change seasonally as the flow rates of melt waters fill and empty this basin. A stop is made to photograph this natural wonder and your guide will trace its history with you. From Medicine Lake we continue up through forest that is prime habitat for moose and bears. Sightings are common but not guaranteed as we are trying to view these animals in their natural habitat.
At world famous Maligne Lake those who have chosen the Full Tour with Cruise will embark on the Boat Tour to Spirit Island. This will showcase the blue green glacial water of Maligne Lake and you will learn the human and geologic history of the area on the comfortable enclosed boat tour. This 90 minute journey stops at Spirit Island to allow for a walk to the famous photo view point.
Those who have opted for the Guided Walk Only, will instead be led on a 3-4 km interpretive nature walk. You will take in beautiful lakeshore vistas before following the easy-grade trail loop back into the forested surrounds. Along the way, your guide will share interesting ecological facts and you may even spot some resident wildlife.
Your guide will lead you safely along the frozen canyon floor through its maze of fascinating ice sculptures. Explore the entrance to a cave system, ice caves, fossils and towering frozen waterfalls stretching over 30m up the canyon walls.
Our tread enhancing cleats and warm winter boots will help you stay warm and feel secure while walking on the ice.