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    Mistaya Canyon

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    1.8 km
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    79 m
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    Mistaya Canyon Hike

    Mistaya Canyon is a less frequented trail along the Icefields Parkway. Easily missed, this short yet unforgettable trail is a wonderful way to take a break when driving the scenic route between Banff and Jasper. It is an accessible and family-friendly loop that will make you feel like you are deep in the wilderness rather than steps from the car.

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    Route Description for Mistaya Canyon

    Mistaya Canyon is a very short and not often visited loop at the edge of Banff National Park. It is easily missed or completely ignored by those seeking grand viewpoints along the Icefields Parkway. Although it is slightly off the radar, it is worth the stop! It is the perfect place to stretch, enjoy some wilderness, and move your legs outside of the car.

    The Mistaya River flows out of Peyto Lake all the way to the canyon here before joining the Saskatchewan River. You’ll see signs of past water levels and swirling patterns that erode the limestone walls of the canyon into uniquely polished shapes.

    Leaving the parking lot, you will travel on a gravel path to the canyon and river. Follow the path to the bridge and enjoy breathtaking views while the power of the rushing water fills the canyon. There are many photo opportunities here, so bring your camera!

    Insider Hints for Mistaya Canyon

    • Watch for the parking lot, it is easy to miss
    • Don’t forget your camera!

    Getting to the Mistaya Canyon Trailhead

    From Banff, take the Trans-Canada Highway westbound until you reach the junction for the Icefields Parkway 93N Highway. Take this exit merging onto the 93 and continue. You will travel 130.0 km from Banff before reaching the Mistaya Canyon parking lot on the left side. From Jasper, travel 158.0 km south on the Icefields Parkway and take a right into the parking lot just after Saskatchewan Crossing.

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      Yes - On Leash

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