Maligne Canyon, Jasper

4.7
#1 of 450 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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  • A feast for the eyes! Maligne lake in British Colombia Canada is beautiful! Take a cruise in this lake with its pristine glacial blue waters surrounded by mysterious mountains along with snow covered peaks and glacial remains in the distance. This lake hosts the famed spirit island in the middle of this vast lake. Spirit island is truly a small peninsula jutting out into the lake with million dollar views. A sense of calm envelops you here. Definitely a must see!
  • Such a wonderful hike! Not too difficult but fun and interesting terrain. The sights are just simply breathtaking! If you're anywhere near Jasper, you've got to stop here and spend a couple hours walking from the parking lot to Fifth Bridge and back. It's about 5 minutes off the main road. If someone is going to stay with the car, you could have them instead drive it to Sixth Bridge and make it a one way 2 hour hike (wish I had that option).
  • So beautiful ...there are No Words. I visited twice on the same trip. I walked back Up the canyon along the water , scenery slightly different from the other direction. When u get to the very top, be SUPER careful. The rocks are so well worn, they r Super slippery. Despite my best effort, I fell just 3 steps away from leaving. Fell and cracked the screen of my phone. Stunning canyon.
  • Such a beautiful place! We drove all the way here from our campsite in Hinton (easily 1 hour each way) to see the canyons and bridges and were pleasantly impressed! It was a tad rainy, so there wasn't many people here, which was a big positive because it wasn't crowded. I can imagine this place being super crowded when the tour buses roll in. This is a great place to take pictures of the waterfalls and canyons, the paths and trails are well maintained and indicated. We spent about an hour here, easily!
  • We visited Jasper over the Canada Day long holiday. This turned out to be the most crowded place we visited. It was hard to find a parking place. There is a restaurant and a tea house as well as hostel accommodations year round. In addition to the scenic very deep canyon along which a major trail runs, there are additional hiking, cycling, and cross-country skiing trails. The nearby Skyline Trail offers a very scenic hike. In light of all these features, there's no wonder the location was crowded, particularly on Canada Day weekend. Accessibility of the locale's features aside from the eating facilities is very limited for the disabled.
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