Maligne Canyon, Jasper

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#1 of 425 in Outdoors in Alberta
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. A visit to Maligne Canyon represents just the start of the adventure when you use our Jasper National Park trip itinerary site to plot your vacation.
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  • Go early. We started at the top, worked our way slowly down and took the shorter trail back. This worked out best, giving time for the best views while we were freshest and making the trip back easier...  more »
  • Varied walk and do it well. Tip go first under along along the river and back up, along this route has less elevation changes.
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  • We stop here and wern't disappointed. Nice walk by the canyon. Be prepared however to walk back up the hill after you have finished.  more »
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  • I love coming here every winter. We have never done a paid tour here, we just wander at our own speed. I highly recommend everyone to hike/walk this at least once. The dozens of frozen waterfalls are so beautiful, and to walk along the river and look up the cliffs are breathtaking. I love going far down the river and seeing the circular dents where the water moves fast through and has shaped the rocks. Best time to come is January and I highly recommend ice cleats.
  • Spectacular. Self-guided an ice walk in January. We parked at the main parking lot and walked the easy canyon trail to fifth bridge. Worked our way back up and entered into the canyon about a quarter way back. Highly recommend a pair of ice stabilization shoes attachments (rented in town for $10 a pair). Brought our ski helmets as an extra precaution. Beautiful photos inside the canyon and out. Moderately difficult, we took care to follow in the paths where guided groups had gone before us. There were exit points from the canyon fairly frequently (we opted to climb out just before fourth bridge). I could see in hindsight how a $75 tour would be worth it (guide and rental equipment included), but we definitely managed on our own. Ice cleats a must, though many other tourists were in sneakers. Took us 3 hours all in, including plenty of stops for photos.
  • Amazing views. We did the ice walk on our own. Everything we read said you should take a tour, but we did it on our own and we’re fine. Tons of people were on their own, even with young children. The entrance to the ice walk portion of the hike is clearly labelled and outlines the risks of entering the canyon in the winter. Definitely invest in a pair of ice cleats before you go. We just got some simple ones from Canadian Tire and they were great.
  • If you've never been here in the winter, you NEED to visit. It's better in the winter than the summer! You get down on the ice, and look up at the waterfalls. Wonderful hike - allow two hours. It's convenient, very close to the highway.
  • The winter experience at this park is unbelievable. A nice hike down along the canyon reveals ice climbers and spectacular views of the frozen river and canyon. Still amazing at any time of the year. At the bottom of the hike people can walk out on the frozen river and walk up the canyon, admiring the views from a different angle. Highly recommended to all people in Jasper.
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