Maligne Canyon

#4 in Best Things To Do in Jasper National Park
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Free

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Hiking, Natural Wonders, Sightseeing, Free Type
2 hours to Half Day Time to Spend
4.3scorecard
  • 5.0Value
  • 4.5Facilities
  • 4.0Atmosphere

A narrow chasm located about 7 miles north of downtown Jasper, Maligne Canyon winds slightly less than a mile through Jasper National Park. The stunning canyon reaches a depth of more than 150 feet, while some sections are as narrow as 7 feet. In addition to the unique geological aspects of the area, the canyon is surprisingly green, with an immense amount of plant life.

Recent travelers appreciated the two hiking trails that weave through the area. The shorter loop crosses the canyon via four bridges, while the longer option traces the gorge and features two additional bridges along the way. Plus, the longer path is slightly less crowded. Past hikers also noted the parking lot at the trailhead can get crowded and suggest arriving early.

There is a gift shop with toilet facilities near the parking lot. The trailhead area is also home to the Maligne Canyon Wilderness Kitchen, where travelers can enjoy an assortment of upscale lunch and dinner options, or pick up grab-and-go sandwiches and salads. Access to the canyon is included in park admission.

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#1 Maligne Lake

The second-largest glacier-fed lake in the world, Maligne Lake enchants travelers with its brilliant turquoise waters and stunning skylines. Anyone who wants to trek to Maligne Lake should take the time to visit the lake's Spirit Island as well, which is one of the most famous views of the Canadian Rockies in the world. The lake sits east of the Icefields Parkway in the southern portion of the park, and travelers can access the area with their own car, in an excursion bus or even as part of a motorcycle tour. (To book a motorcycle tour, check out the Jasper Motorcycle Tours website.) Once at the lake, visitors can take advantage of a variety of tours and excursions, or just explore the area independently.

Past visitors recommended bringing a camera to capture photos of the beautiful scenery – many note there are numerous photo opportunities. However, recent travelers also warned that both the cruise and nonmotorized watercraft rentals come at a steep price.

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