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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
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$59.38 per adult
Traveler Favorite
Fantastic
Such a beautiful cruise on Maligne Lake! Our tour guide Liam was fantastic! Spirit Lake was extremely beautiful to see in person. I would not change a thing.
Leah_S, Aug 2021

Recent reviews from experiences in Jasper

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👍👍!
star-5
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.
star-5
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
star-5
Best tour for ever
Qais_A, Sep 2021
Jasper Wildlife and Waterfalls Tour with Maligne Lake Hike
The tour was amazing, very helpful guid, comfort bus, spend a good time to see many places in one day.
star-4
It was great
Rebecca_P, Aug 2021
Jasper National Park Tour: Maligne Valley, Medicine Lake and Spirit Island
The boat cruise, everything was beautiful! The guide was amazing very knowledgeable , the driver and other lady on the boat were exceptional
star-5
Out tour guide Jeff was...
Bijal_A, Aug 2021
Maligne Canyon Hiking Tour
Out tour guide Jeff was very good. He took the time to adjust accordingly to our pace and explained things properly. Would not think twice of going with him for another tour or recommending him to friends and family.
star-4
Scenery like you’ve never seen before
Jeannie_G, Aug 2021
5.5-Hour Jasper Wildlife and Waterfalls Tour with Maligne Lake Cruise from Jasper
Trip was fantastic, I highly recommend this boat cruise. They picked us up from our hotel and dropped us off.
star-5
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.
star-5
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.
star-4
Enjoyed it very much
Susan_J, Aug 2021
Jasper National Park Tour: Maligne Valley, Medicine Lake and Spirit Island
The tour was very good, Lutz, our guide knew his stuff and everyone involved in this tour were very helpful. The scenery was breathtaking
star-5
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.

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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