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Maligne Canyon

Maligne Canyon

Jasper National Park, Jasper, Alberta, Canada

The Basics

During summer, Maligne Canyon is a popular hiking spot. Trails lead to footbridges that span the deepest sections of the canyon and offer views of waterfalls, fossils, and rock formations. Many guided summertime tours from Jasper make stops at the canyon, allowing visitors to explore independently or with a guide. Half-day and full-day summer tours often combine Maligne Canyon with other Canadian Rockies highlights, such as Medicine Lake, Maligne Lake, Athabasca Falls, and Miette Hot Springs.

In winter, Maligne Canyon ice-climbing tours and ice walks are scheduled, allowing visitors to tread—usually with waterproof winter boots and ice cleats—along the icy surface of the canyon floor, seeing frozen waterfalls, ice caves, and icicles.

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Jasper National Park Tour: Maligne Valley, Medicine Lake and Spirit Island
Jasper National Park Tour: Maligne Valley, Medicine Lake and Spirit Island
star-4.5
$59.01 per adult
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Our guide Jeff was amazing , loved the tour, saw so many animals ❤️ , Net and Liam were super friendly on the boot cruise
pssuri, Jun 2022

Recent reviews from experiences in Jasper

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Majical lake
Bob_B, Jun 2022
5.5-Hour Jasper Wildlife and Waterfalls Tour with Maligne Lake Cruise from Jasper
The tour guide did an excellent job informing you of the history of this majical lake. It was without a doubt one of the highlights of our trip to Banff/Jasper.
star-5
Great experience!
Rossanne_K, May 2022
Jasper Wildlife and Waterfalls Tour with Maligne Lake Hike
My boyfriend and I booked this tour during the May long weekend and had a blast. Saw lots of animals and did some short hikes. Our guide was incredibly knowledgeable and friendly. Overall a great experience. Thank you!
star-5
Love the tour and the guilds.
Guin_K, May 2022
Jasper Wildlife and Waterfalls Tour with Maligne Lake Hike
Everything is good. Mark and Jimmy are very nice and we saw a lot of wildlife on our way to Maligne Lake. They were so patient with us as I walked very slow and they still very much willing to explain the places and the different animal to us. We love the trip and have so good and informative guilds.
star-5
All about our guide, Annaja
Timothy_G, May 2022
Maligne Canyon Hiking Tour
This trip was all about our guide Annaja Davis. What a star. We were booked on the Maligne Canyon Hiking Tour but our previous days tour (with a different company) was necessarily adapted as the late spring made the advertised hike impossible, as a consequence we had already done 80% of the Canyon! Annaja could not have been more helpful or accommodating. Clearing it with her control, she took us off in the opposite direction and we had a great experience gently hiking the Valley of the Five Lakes. Friendly, informative and completely 'in tune' with our needs Annaja made our day. She simply could not have done any more to accommodate us. Wonderful experience and great advert for Canadian hospitality.
star-4
Maligne Valley Tour
Hugh, Sep 2020
Jasper National Park Tour: Maligne Valley, Medicine Lake and Spirit Island
Our guide (Jeff) was excellent. We saw a lot of wildlife. Friendly and informative. Bus was nice. Proper safety measures in place
star-5
Maligné lake
Johanna_M, Sep 2020
Jasper National Park Tour: Maligne Valley, Medicine Lake and Spirit Island
Jeff was our guide, and was very knowledgeable, he sure is passionate about nature and conservation, very patient with my kids, and we had a very small group ( Just a couple and us) which was great for Covid safety. Would definitely recommend
star-5
Wonderful experience!!
Pat_T, May 2022
Jasper Wildlife and Waterfalls Tour with Maligne Lake Hike
It was a fantastic tour - such knowledgeable & friendly guides, Trevor & assistant Jake. They fulfilled all our expectations - saw sheep, deer, moose + mummy & baby bear 👍😊👍😊
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Definitely going back in the summer!
Kyra_P, Dec 2021
Maligne Canyon Hiking Tour
Went on this hike in the beginning of December & honestly it was so worth it! I was afraid it would be very cold and there wouldn’t be many views, but it was gorgeous and the hike was amazing for someone who doesn’t usually hike. Our tour guide (Jeff) was amazing & very knowledgeable, we learned a lot and got some beautiful pictures!
star-5
Incredible Jasper Experience!
Elizabeth_M, Sep 2021
5.5-Hour Jasper Wildlife and Waterfalls Tour with Maligne Lake Cruise from Jasper
Excellent tour experience. Tour guide Jamie was informative and flexible, stopping often for wildlife sightings. The itinerary packs a lot into 5.5 hours, what a great value. Highly recommend it👍👍!
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Great Experience
Sabrina_P, Aug 2021
Maligne Canyon Hiking Tour
We had an excellent hike down Maligne Canyon. Our guide (Peter) was super nice, informative, helpful and great with our child.
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Thank you Wendy.
Susan_B, Sep 2021
Maligne Canyon Hiking Tour
Wendy was personable and she presented the info well. We asked her more personal questions about her life experiences living in Jasper and she was more that willing to share. Wonderful experience. Thank you, Wendy.
star-4
Beautiful sightseeing in Jasper, worth to visit !
Tourist, Sep 2021
Jasper National Park Tour: Maligne Valley, Medicine Lake and Spirit Island
Very beautiful sightseeing in Jasper, definitely worth to visit. The Spirit Island with cruise tour is the best. The tout guide on the boat talk too much about First Nation, feel a bit like government employee, too much to the tourists. Also the gift shop on the dock area is really EXPENSIVE when compare to Jasper downtown gift shops
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Things to Know Before You Go

  • Maligne Canyon is a must for outdoor adventurers and nature lovers.

  • Though the hiking trails at Maligne Canyon are not wheelchair accessible, the Maligne Canyon Restaurant and Gift Shop (open May–October) is. An asphalt path near the restaurant leads to an accessible viewpoint.

  • The smooth bedrock of the canyon can be slippery, so wear appropriate footwear.

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How to Get There

Maligne Canyon is situated in Jasper National Park, in Alberta, Western Canada. From the town of Jasper, follow Yellowhead Highway (Highway 16) north and take the turnoff for Maligne Lake Road. The drive should take 15–20 minutes.

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When to Get There

Maligne Canyon is busiest in summer. For a quieter experience, go in the off-season (mid-fall through late spring). In summer, you can avoid throngs of sightseers by hiking as far as the fifth or sixth canyon bridge, where crowds typically dissipate. Alternatively, set off early in the morning before most people arrive.

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Hiking Trails at Maligne Canyon

Maligne Canyon is a hiking hot spot, with routes to suit all schedules and fitness levels. From the upper canyon parking lot, follow a short (20- to 40-minute) route that crosses over the first and second bridges. Longer hikes leading through the lower canyon, and to the other bridges, are also possible. Interpretive signs around the canyon explain the geology of the area. If you want to explore the canyon floor, be sure to go with a guide who can ensure conditions are safe.

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Frequently Asked Questions
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