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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 attractions using our Jasper travel itinerary planner.
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  • Very nice in the summer and have been in the winter as well. Nice walk/hike to get out and about in Jasper 
  • There really isn't much option for things to do in Jasper in winter if you don't ski, so for us this was the only option. The drive to the canyon is pretty spectacular, although the bus was absolutely...  more »
  • We purchased ice cleats for our boots (about 5-7 pair) and skipped the guided tour - ran into a couple of tours and am sure glad we were on our own 
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  • Great hike! I believe it is different lengths depending on what bridge you start at. I started at 6th bridge and it was about 4km. You can park by the maligne teahouse where it is a couple hundred metre walk to 1st and 2nd bridge. P.S. Make sure you check out the million dollar piece of jade artwork. I had anxiety just standing next too it lol
  • This, like so many places around Jasper, is spectacular. It's also pretty kid-friendly. And I often see an animal or two in the upper parking lot. Something new I tried last time was visiting in the winter and walking on the ice at the bottom of the canyon. It was great to see it from a new perspective after so many years of summer hiking on the trail above. The ice falls are beautiful. It's a whole other world doing an ice walk here. I never miss a visit when I come to Jasper.
  • A great place to visit in winter or summer. Great hiking up and down the canyon at an easy enough level for the whole family. Go in February to see the ice caves.
  • Very nice hike. Many trails that allow you to adjust and combine the size and time of the hike. The scenery is very beautiful and a great place for photography. Some steep hills on the longer elevated trails. There is always parking available.
  • This was a very interesting walk. You cross several bridges over deep chasms left by the glacial melt of the river. Bring your camera because you have probably never seen erosion like this. Since you are following a river, there are changes in the grade. If you take your time, it's very doable. Oh and it's free.