Featured in A Little Bit Country! – Dec 25, 2011

Located in Jasper National Park, Alberta, Canada

It is located approximately 20 km (12 mi) southeast of the townsite of Jasper, Alberta.
Medicine Lake is a geologic anomaly in the sense that it is not actually a lake but rather an area in which the Maligne River (flowing from Maligne Lake into the Athabasca River) backs up and suddenly disappears underground.
The Maligne River pours into the lake from the south and drains out through sinkholes in the bottom. The water then streams through a cave system formed in the slightly soluble limestone rock, surfacing again in the area of Maligne Canyon 16 kilometers downstream. This is one of the largest known sinking rivers in the Western Hemisphere and may be the largest inaccessible cave system anywhere in the world!
During early summer the lake is 9 km (5.5 miles) long, 1 km (.62 miles) wide and 30 metres (100ft) deep. But, every fall it mysteriously drains naturally like a giant bathtub with a missing plug.
This creates the disappearing lake phenomena.
First Nation’s people originally called it Magic Lake.
Wolves in the region have figured out how to make it work for them and have been known to chase caribou into the muck so they’ll get stuck.
Medicine Lake also boasts a healthy population of rainbow trout and brook trout and is a fly fisherman’s paradise.
Wildlife is surprisingly abundant along this high altitude lake. Grizzly bear, black bear, mule deer, caribou, wolves, moose, and mountain sheep are some of the larger mammals that frequent the lake area during the summer season. Bald eagles, and osprey also frequent the area and live off the fish populations.

Canon 7D with 15-85mm lend, f/7.1, 1/800sec, ISO-200, 46mm focal length, aperture priority


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I’m married to a wonderful man for over 35 years. I have one daughter and one grandson. I live in Winnipeg, Canada. Photography is my passion as is travelling. I do both whenever I can.

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  • lorilee
    lorileealmost 3 years ago


  • Thanks a lot Lori.

    – Teresa Zieba

  • zumi
    zumialmost 3 years ago

    very nice. great light.

  • Thank you so much Zumi.

    – Teresa Zieba

  • Larry Trupp
    Larry Truppalmost 3 years ago

    Wonderful capture Teresa..enjoyed the read as well

  • Thank you Larry. Glad you like it.

    – Teresa Zieba

  • Irene  Burdell
    Irene Burdellalmost 3 years ago

    Absolutely stunning Teresa x a fave

  • Thank you so much Irene. Appreciate a fave dear.

    – Teresa Zieba

  • Bradley Shawn  Rabon
    Bradley Shawn ...almost 3 years ago

    What an amazing place and a marvelous photo. I would love to see the sinkholes. What a completely intriguing place. Well captured with that wonderful light.

  • Thanks Bradley. I’ve seen this lake last year in July and it was full of water and it was hard to recognize it this September. Such a huge difference.

    – Teresa Zieba

  • DonDavisUK
    DonDavisUKalmost 3 years ago

    A wonderful capture and beautiful scene Teresa.

  • Many thanks Don. It’s a fascinating place.

    – Teresa Zieba

  • Vickie Emms
    Vickie Emmsalmost 3 years ago

    I love this amazing lake, how it empties in the fall. Nice shot hon

  • Thank you hon. I was shocked when I saw it almost empty. It looked so different.

    – Teresa Zieba

  • Alyce Taylor
    Alyce Tayloralmost 3 years ago

    Wow…beautiful shot and amazing story…I really need to get up there…I planned on going this summer but no such luck :)

  • Thank you so much Alyce. You will have to see it in the summer and in the fall to see the difference. Or you can check my photos from last year, lol!

    – Teresa Zieba

  • Dominika Aniola
    Dominika Aniolaalmost 3 years ago

    Pi?kne miejsce ;)

  • Dziekuje slicznie Dominika. Tak to warto zobaczyc.

    – Teresa Zieba

  • Debbie Robbins
    Debbie Robbinsalmost 3 years ago

    Superb… Stunning work!!! :))))xx

  • Thank you bunches Debbie.

    – Teresa Zieba

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