May-Oct
Season
8:30am
Departure Time
5 Hours
Duration
All Ages
Age
Leisurely
Activity

Take an amazing guided interpretive drive up the Maligne Valley followed by a Maligne Lake boat cruise to the famous Spirit Island or a guided hike.

The exploration 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 either relax aboard the famous Maligne Lake boat cruise to 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.

Included
  • Hotel pick up and drop off (Jasper)
  • Professional certified guide

The best parts of the tour for most people include the following:

1

Maligne Canyon

The tour will include a stop at Maligne Canyon for a gentle guided walk to the first two bridges above the gorge.
2

Medicine Lake

There will be a short stop at the “disappearing” Medicine Lake.
3

Choice of a Maligne Lake boat cruise or guided hike

Guests can choose to participate in a Maligne Lake boat cruise to the world famous Spirit Island or enjoy a guided hike along the Mary Schaffer Loop.
Included
  • Hotel pick up and drop off (Jasper)
  • Professional certified guide
The tour commences with pickups between 8:15am – 8:30am in Jasper, and is between 5 and 6 hours long.
This tour includes pick up from most hotels in Jasper and a guided interpretive drive up the Maligne Valley with stops at Maligne Canyon, Medicine Lake and Maligne Lake. Guests can then choose between a Maligne Lake boat cruise to world famous Spirit Island or a guided hike along the Mary Schaffer Loop (3.2km / 2mile – weather and trail conditions permitting).
The tour will pick up from most hotels in Jasper, and you can select your preferred pick-up location during the booking process.
Lunch or snacks are not included with this tour. Guests are welcome to bring their own, or there are two tea houses along the way, one at the canyon and one at the lake where guests are able to stop in to get snacks or a boxed lunch. Please note that boxed lunches are recommended for those doing the cruise as there will be no time for a sit down lunch.
The Mary Schaffer Loop is 3.2 kms (2 miles) return, which takes around one hour. While there is little elevation gain, the trail head has an elevation of 1,670 metres and isn’t suitable for guests with asthma, hip replacements or with low fitness levels. Alternatively, guests can enjoy a boat cruise to world famous Spirit Island.
The Maligne Lake Cruise is a 1.5 hour interpretive cruise to world-famous Spirit Island. Visitors can explore the lake from the comfort of glass-enclosed and heated cruise boats while a knowledgeable guide retells Maligne’s history and explains its geology, wildlife, weather, flora and fauna. Upon arrival at Spirit Island, the boat docks and guests are able to disembark and enjoy a short nature trail leading to a viewing platform for that bucket list photo overlooking Spirit Island. Please note that to preserve the area in its natural state, walking onto the island is not permitted.
There is a 48 hour cancellation policy, which allows you to change/cancel or refund your booking up to 48 hours outside your booked tour (up to 7 days for group bookings).
Tips are not expected, but are certainly appreciated. If you think your guide did a wonderful job and would like to indicate that with a tip, it will be graciously accepted.
Included
  • Hotel pick up and drop off (Jasper)
  • Professional certified guide
  • Early season itinerary changes may apply to the guided hike, please enquire at the time of booking.
  • Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult.
  • Please note that this tour requires a minimum of 4 participants.
Included
  • Hotel pick up and drop off (Jasper)
  • Professional certified guide
Maligne Lake Boat Cruise to Spirit Island
See Maligne Canyon on the Maligne Valley Sightseeing Tour in Jasper
Jasper Boat Cruise
Spirit Island at Maligne Lake in Jasper, Alberta