Awesome Alberta: Maligne Canyon is every hiker's dream (PHOTOS)

Sep 24 2020, 2:00 pm

COVID-19 still presents a very real and dangerous threat to public health. While much of Alberta’s outdoors have been reopened to visitors, it is recommended to plan ahead, check local restrictions and current public health measures, and avoid any areas that may be too crowded. 

There aren’t enough adjectives to describe Jasper National Park’s deepest canyon, Maligne Canyon.

While “majestic, marvellous, and memorable” first come to mind, this geological wonder is also known as one of Jasper’s most famous natural landmarks.

The Maligne Canyon is the deepest canyon in Jasper National Park, with a depth of more than 50 metres.

While that might sound intimidating, hikers of all ages and abilities are welcome to explore this scenic paradise. The canyon, which is composed entirely out of limestone, has six bridges constructed at various points along the canyon for hikers to explore.

For your own safety, please make sure you are prepared before heading out on your next adventure. Information on how to prepare for your trip and stay safe while on your hike is available from Albertaparks.ca and AdventureSmart. Parks Canada visitor guidelines are available here. Always remember to leave no trace, pack out what you pack in, stick to designated trails, and refrain from feeding wildlife — and please note that irresponsibly taken selfies (even if they look great for the ‘gram) can be fatal

 

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Where is it?

Maligne Canyon is located in Jasper National Park — the largest national park in the Canadian Rockies — which is situated north of Banff and takes approximately five hours to drive to from Calgary and four hours from Edmonton.

 

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How do you get there?

The canyon is located 10 minutes away from the town of Jasper, and five minutes away from Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge on the Maligne Lake Road. From the east end of the town site of Jasper, follow Highway 16 east for 3 km, and take the turnoff for Maligne Lake Road to the right. Then proceed over the iron bridge across the Athabasca River and follow the road signs to the canyon.

 

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What’s there?

The best way to enjoy the Maligne Canyon is to traverse across the six bridges while taking on the view of this limestone masterpiece.

The canyon also has several ancient fossils embedded into its walls and three species of birds that call the canyon home: the rare black swift, the American dipper, and the common raven. You can also book a tour with Jasper’s travel guides to learn more about the history of the canyon and its bridges.

The best part about Maligne Canyon is that it is just as much of a marvel in winter as it is in summer. As temperatures drop, the rushing waters of Maligne River transform into awe-inspiring icy formations and ice walks to keep ice climbers and tourists enraptured.

 

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With files from Lakshmi Sadhu

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