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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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Maligne Canyon Ice Walk
Maligne Canyon Ice Walk
star-4.5
$59.34 per adult
Traveler Favorite
It is a stunning hike and...
It is a stunning hike and so interesting to see and hear the rocks and ice structures. Wonderful! We really enjoyed the challenges of walking on the ice and the beauty around us.
Kathy_S, Mar 2022

Recent reviews from experiences in Jasper

star-5
Fantastic Canyon that was icy.... a lot....
Jeff_K, Feb 2022
Maligne Canyon Ice Walk
Great tour! Great guide! Nice day to explore the canyon in safety. Thanks! Will recommend to anyone going to the Jasper area in the winter.
star-5
Lots of history of the...
Shannon_F, Feb 2022
Maligne Canyon Ice Walk
Lots of history of the area Guide was very knowledgeable and funny! And safety was his first concern!
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
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 👍😊👍😊
star-5
Wonderful Adventure!
Gordon_R, Jan 2022
Maligne Canyon Ice Walk
We spent New Years Day - 2022 doing the Maligne Canyon Ice Walk with our guide Luis. Our ice walk in the canyon was amazing! Our guide took great care of us, especially me who had had a previous rib injury a few weeks ago. He ensured that we were safe at all times, and able to do all the things he requested of us! I would highly recommend this tour for anyone who wants an exciting winter adventure!
star-5
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
Well, the ice walk, which...
Michael_G, Mar 2022
Maligne Canyon Ice Walk
Well, the ice walk, which is why we went. You ask too much in your bothersome feedback request. I have no more to say.
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
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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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-5
Great trip
Loretta_J, Mar 2022
Maligne Canyon Ice Walk
We booked this tour and had an awesome time. Our guide Steve was the best. Very informative and gave lots of time for photos. Felt safe at all times. Wasn’t sure about wearing their boots but they were very comfortable and great for the water crossings. Lots of icy trails but cleats helped. All in all had a great time and highly recommend Steve as your tour guide😀

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
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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