Medicine Lake, Jasper National Park

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#8 of 16 in Nature in Jasper National Park
Witness a rare natural phenomenon at Medicine Lake. Visit in summer and you’ll enjoy the clear water, but go in winter and you’ll see no lake. This unusual occurrence happens due to the underground cave system--during warm months the lake fills with water from melted glaciers and smaller streams, but when the inflow decreases in winter, it disappears. The surrounding area teems with wildlife, including mountain goats and sheep. Take a camera and you might just capture some photos of the roving animals. Plan to see Medicine Lake and other attractions that appeal to you using our Jasper National Park holiday planner.
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  • August 8, 2017
    On day trip to Maligne Lake along Medicine Lake. You know not what you see, the whole South Bank what high mountain ridge, is a horror scenario after forest fires, still only black stems on a scorched soil. The level in the Lake is very low, all in all, not an attractive view.
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  • August 2, 2017
    Definitely take the few minutes to stop by here and check out the views. The parking area is a bit tight and narrow, but have some patience as the views are phenomenal. There will be some with their r...  more »
  • July 28, 2017
    This lake is a short drive from Jasper town site and definitely worth it. Our kids love climbing on the rocks and sticking their toes in the icy water. And we loved the beautiful views.  more »

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Where to stay in Jasper National Park

Scores of hotels, lodges, and guesthouses line the western edge of Jasper's main thoroughfare, Connaught Drive, although you might struggle to find more budget-friendly options. If you're willing to pay a higher price, you can immerse yourself in nature without sacrificing luxury by staying in a resort or mountain lodge within the national park itself. Reserve your accommodations advance, as lodgings can be hard to come by at the height of the season.
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