Maligne Canyon, Jasper

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A dramatic 50 m (160 ft) drop located in the heart of Jasper National Park, Maligne Canyon offers memorable views and diverse flora and fauna. Trickling waterfalls, nesting ravens and black swifts, underground stream outlets, and ancient fossils are all hidden amongst the verdant beauty. You can discover it all by walking along a series of trails and traversing four impressive bridges. As you hike through the unspoilt landscape, notice the unusual rock formations, carved out of the Palliser formation, a layer of limestone deposited by plankton some 365 million years ago. Plan to visit Maligne Canyon and other customer-reviewed, writer-recommended Jasper National Park attractions using our Jasper National Park travel itinerary planner.
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  • August 16, 2017
    Park at the tea room at the top, then walk down to the 4th bridge. Once there there's little point in going all the way to the fifth bridge. There is a 6th bridge I think which is quite a way down, be...  more »
  • August 15, 2017
    Like other visitors to park at Bridge no. 5. It is a narrow canyon, the narrow gorges are impressive. you are never alone. In the end despite the objective beauty of the place, pretty quickly we forget the visit.
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  • August 15, 2017
    I would only recommend if you are not into really hiking or if you are looking for a quick visit. I was unimpressed, however my family and I are more into hiking that is moderate to difficult. It's a ...  more »
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  • June 24, 2017
    Amazing spectacular force of nature with the river carving out the canyon! The walk is great for the whole family. Just be careful on the bedrock. Even on a dry sunny day the rocks were slippery. We went to bridges 1 thru 4 and each stop was a unique view of the canyon. Great interpretive signs along the way. Awesome waterfalls!
  • July 6, 2017
    Loved hiking this canyon! One of the best things about the canyon is there's a route for everyone. There are 6 bridges you can traverse in total, and you can turn back anytime. The 5th bridge was my favorite on the way back.
  • June 2, 2017
    Must visit in Jasper. Hike the canyon floor in winter (though hike down can be very icy and slippery) come prepared. Summer hike here us very refreshing and full or great views. Bring a camera.
  • June 10, 2017
    Great place to go hiking. Really love the path it is very pretty. I love hiking along the canyon and stopping to see the walls of the canyon and how the river carves through and the different wsterfalls
  • June 21, 2017
    It's an amazing deep canyon and nice walk along this scenery. But be aware, it's very steep at some sections.

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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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