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Maligne Canyon

Maligne Canyon

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426 Reviews
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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Recent reviews from experiences in Jasper

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Awesome experience with a knowledgeable guide
Masoud_M, Jul 2021
Jasper National Park Tour: Maligne Valley, Medicine Lake and Spirit Island
Visiting the wild life around the city, in the way of Maligne Canyon. The information given by the guide was so interesting. He showed us something that we could never find by ourselves. His responsibility and care made a convenient, smooth, enjoyable and memorable day for us.
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Memorable Life Experience!
Sheila_E, Mar 2021
Maligne Canyon Ice Walk
The guide’s accurate geographical knowledge of the area, attention to safety while taking in breathtaking spaces not normally accessed.
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Great trip!
Richard_J, Jul 2021
5.5-Hour Jasper Wildlife and Waterfalls Tour with Maligne Lake Cruise from Jasper
We loved the experience. Got to see some wild life, heard some great history about the area. Strongly recommend!
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Must Do!
Mariam_A, Jul 2021
Jasper National Park Tour: Maligne Valley, Medicine Lake and Spirit Island
One of the most beautiful day trips ever. Our tour guides on the bus (Norm) and on the boat (Sam and Jordan) were incredible. The views are spectacular and the info was educational and super entertaining.
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One of the jewels of the Canadian Rockies
Lucie_D, Jul 2021
5.5-Hour Jasper Wildlife and Waterfalls Tour with Maligne Lake Cruise from Jasper
Informative tour in gorgeous surroundings. The ‘Curly Cousins’ (Flo, Béa and Krystal) were great guides. Nice to see the world opening up again after the horrendous year we’ve all had.
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Great, fun and safe
Ute_S, Mar 2021
Maligne Canyon Ice Walk
Great experience, fun and safe walk even for inexperienced hiker. Very good guide. Would do it again.
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great time!!
Waylon_R, Jun 2021
5.5-Hour Jasper Wildlife and Waterfalls Tour with Maligne Lake Cruise from Jasper
the guides were great, the tour was both informative and fun! The views were spectacular!! I definitely recomend:)
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Definitely recommend!!
Janice_B, Sep 2020
Jasper Wildlife and Waterfalls Tour with Maligne Lake Hike
Very cool experience. Kelli is a great guide. Very lively and knows everything about the area from the lichen and mushrooms to the water, the animals and what’s happening in Jasper.
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Excellent
Melane_M, Jun 2021
Jasper National Park Tour: Maligne Valley, Medicine Lake and Spirit Island
Everything, especially for us that it was the first time having that tour. We all had fun together with our family friends. Thank you so much😍
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Excellent!
Megan_Y, Jul 2020
Jasper Wildlife and Waterfalls Tour with Maligne Lake Hike
I really enjoyed this tour. The scenery was beautiful and the hike was wonderful and easy to do and simply beautiful. There was an option to do a boat ride that you could do if you had arranged that previously. I did the hike. Our tour guide was wonderful, knowledgeable, friendly, and really really nice. We only saw a bald Engle and some mountain goats so not seeing more wildlife was kinda disappointing but aside from that it was a really enjoyable time.
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Amazing
Apia_O, Mar 2021
Maligne Canyon Ice Walk
It was Awesome experience and couldn’t ask for more. I encourage you to try. You won’t regret it. Good luck
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Maligne Canyon Ice walk
Amanda_C, Feb 2021
Maligne Canyon Ice Walk
Although the weather was a little on the colder side we had such a great experience! Heidi was out tour guide and was the perfect personality for everyone in the group. Very knowledgeable and safe throughout.

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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