Join us on a journey searching for abundant wildlife and natural wonders while exploring the history of the area.
Maligne Valley Wildlife & Waterfalls Tour & Cruise
- Adult Ages 16+
- Child Ages 5-15 | Must be accompanied by an Adult
- Young Child Ages 0-4 | Must be accompanied by an Adult
Includes a Scenic Boat Cruise to Spirit Island on Maligne Lake
This journey takes us through 45 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 it has geological features unique in the world. Our journey takes us searching for 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 climb into the sub-alpine forests and view the expanding ranges of limestone rising out or Medicine Lake. This mysterious disappearing lake changes seasonally as the flow rates of meltwaters fill and empty this basin. A stop is made to photograph this natural wonder, and your guide traces its history with you.
From Medicine Lake, we continue up through a 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, you embark on a boat tour to Spirit Island, showcasing the blue-green glacial water of Maligne Lake. You 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.
What You Need to Know
- A small amount of walking is involved. Comfortable walking shoes are recommended.
- Travel is by comfortable minibus and fully covered boat. However, as mountain weather can be unpredictable, participants should bring a rain jacket or umbrella and warm clothing to wear during the outdoor/walking portions of the trip in case of inclement weather.
- We have a short break for lunch at Maligne Lake. There may be the chance to purchase lunch at the Maligne Lakehouse, although during peak season there can be long lines. To avoid waiting in line, we suggest bringing lunch if possible.
- We recommend bringing a small bottle of water.
- This tour operates in all weather conditions.
Complimentary pick-up is available from selected accommodations within the Jasper Area. Please note the pick-up time for your specified location below.
Downtown Jasper locations include – Astoria Hotel, Athabasca Hotel, Bear Hill Lodge, Jasper Inn and Suites, Chateau Jasper, Crimson Hotel, Downtown Hostel, HI Jasper Hostel (Sleepy Hollow Rd), Lobstick Lodge, Maligne Lodge, Marmot Lodge, Mt Robson Inn, Park Place Inn, Sawridge Inn & Conference Centre, Tonquin Inn, Train Station & Whistlers Inn – please wait outside the main lobby 15 minutes prior to departure time.
Outer-lying properties include – Alpine Village, Beckers Chalets, Jasper House Bungalows, Patricia Lake Bungalows, Pyramid Lake Resort & Tekarra Lodge – please wait in front of the main office 30 minutes prior to departure time.
Whistlers Campground – Please ensure you are waiting at the front entry kiosk 30 minutes prior to departure time (our bus cannot enter the campground).
Wapiti Campground – Please ensure you are waiting on the corner of Hwy 93 Icefields Parkway at the campground road entrance 30 minutes prior to departure (our bus cannot enter the campground).
Pine Bungalows – Pick-up will be between 5-10 minutes after the specified departure time. Please wait for pick-up in front of the main office at the exact departure time.
Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge – Pick-up will be 15 minutes after the specified departure time. Please be waiting outside the front entrance to the main lobby.
Jasper Approved Home Accommodation – We can provide pick-up from private B&B style guesthouses within the immediate Jasper townsite. Please specify the guesthouse name and exact street address. Please wait outside 15 minutes prior to departure time.
Meet at our Downtown Office – Those staying outside of our pickup area should meet at our Downtown Jasper Office, located at 604 Connaught Drive, Jasper which we share with the Chaba Theater. Parking is two blocks west across the street near the Public Bathrooms.