At 22 kilometres long, the majestic Maligne Lake is the second-largest glacier-fed lake in the world. While its azure-blue waters can be cold for swimming, there are plenty of other activities to do in the Maligne Valley: hiking, biking, fishing, canoeing, kayaking and boat tours to Spirit Isl...
Take a two hour motorcycle tour to one of Jasper's most iconic destinations. You will have the choice of visiting Athabasca Falls, Maligne Canyon & Medicine Lake, Mount Edith Cavell or we will try our best to create a customized tour for you.
This tour is an amazing guided interpretive drive up the Maligne Valley. Our trip will include a stop at Maligne Canyon for a gentle guided walk to the first two bridges above the gorge, a short stop at the “disappearing” Medicine Lake, and finally Maligne Lake.
At this picturesque gem of the Canadian Rockies you can choose to participate on a Maligne Lake boat cruise to world famous Spirit Island or enjoy a guided hike along the Mary Schaffer Loop (3.2km / 2mile – weather and trail conditions permitting). The Maligne Valley Tour is mainly a nature, scenic, and geological voyage but it is also an excellent opportunity to see some of Jasper’s wildlife.
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.
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.
Autumn in the Rockies can be a special time of year. If timed right, we can spend our days photographing little known canyons with bright blue glacial water and groves of Aspen trees in their brightest of fall color, followed by beautiful sunsets and possible starry nights.
On these tours we get up early for sunrise, chase the light all over the park or possibly into Banff National Park or the Kootenay Plains if the weather takes us there. We return to Jasper each night and during the mid-day hours we can spend some time processing images, unless of course the light is good!
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.
On this tour we dive a little deeper into Jasper National Park and spend a little more time exploring areas that are further away from town. On this trip we may visit Maligne Lake or drive down the Icefields Parkway towards the Athabasca Glacier, allowing for stops along the way or on the way back.
Discover Maligne Lake and take in the breathtaking views that surround you from this unique perspective. Canoes, Kayaks and Rowboats are all available for rent.
Originally built by Donald “Curly” Philips, the historic boathouse houses the rental boats for you to come and enjoy this ideal family-friendly summer activity in the Canadian Rockies. Paddle across the world-famous Maligne Lake where you can access the backcountry shorelines and take in the natural beauty that surrounds you. Rentals are available by the hour or can be reserved for the entire today to get the most out of your experience.
Regular Price: From $40
Wild Current Outfitters has everything you need for an outfitted canoe camping trip along the shores of Hidden Cove Campground on Maligne Lake in Jasper Canada.
This is a service we provide to people that have already booked their campsites with Parks Canada. Although we would like to, we are not able to book the sites for you. Campsite booking begins in late January for the Summer season , and it's competitive process. please plan your trip and get your camp sites right away! Then give us a call! All of our standard Voyageur Canoe Packages include a routing session prior to the trip. The routing session will cover how to use the equipment that comes with this particular package, how to paddle and pack a canoe, and where to find Parks Canada designated campsites. We will even show you our favorite fishing spots. Don't forget you license!
Take a three hour motorcycle tour to one of two chosen destinations. You will have the choice to visit the world famous Maligne Lake or to visit the Miette Hotsprings and take a dip in the springs.
Maligne Lake, famous for the pristine scenery and abundance of wildlife, the Maligne road is the most popular side road of Jasper. On route; you will stop at Maligne Canyon, tour past Medicine Lake and then follow along the torrent Maligne River. Once at Maligne Lake, you will have time to enjoy a snack or beverage on the viewing deck of the Boat House Restaurant, overlooking the largest lake in the Canadian Rockies. *Snacks and beverages not included.
The Miette Hotsprings tour will take you to the remote hotspring nestled in the Fiddle Valley. Go for a dip in the springs or enjoy the best burger in Jasper on a outdoor patio. *Meals and entry fees into the hotsprings pool are not included.
Experience the Spirit of Jasper. Nestled within towering mountains, Maligne Lake is the largest glacial fed lake in the Canadian Rockies. Here you’ll discover world-famous Spirit Island. The Maligne Lake Cruise interpretive tour is an experience like no other.
This interpretive tour has been declared the “Best Boat Cruise in Canada” by 8 million Reader’s Digest subscribers. You’ll be inspired by the beauty of Maligne Lake’s vibrant blue waters and by the stunning lofty peaks as you cruise to Spirit Island, a world-famous destination accessible only by boat. The Maligne Lake Cruise has seven tour boats operating seasonally from May through October.
Join SunDog Tours on our daily Wildlife Discovery Tour. Our knowledgeable guides are trained to seek out all of the park’s most iconic creatures. Big or small, there are lots of animals to see in Jasper!
Elk, deer, big horned sheep, mountain goats, foxes, coyotes, wolves, and moose, are just a sample of Jasper’s many wild mountain animals. Learn all about the ways these animals contribute to the rich diversity of the National Park. Our guides are well versed in the history, geology, and ecology of the area and are happy to answer any questions you may have.
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.