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Maligne Canyon, Jasper

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Canyon Hiking Trail
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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  • Maligne Canyon is a beautiful, deep cut rock canyon with a beautiful river pouring through. It's an easy walk from the parking lot to a series of bridges and viewing spots. If this kind of canyon and ...  more »
  • Great hike through this canyon. Walking from bridge to bridge. Rather easy walk. We decided to have a forest path for the way back. Was great, but very steep parts. The view made it worth.  more »
  • We got there a little late in the day so the light for pictures wasn't the best. It would be better to get there in the morning. I could tell the colors would be amazing in better light. But, it was a...  more »
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  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • It's an amazing deep canyon and nice walk along this scenery. But be aware, it's very steep at some sections.