Views from the Maligne Canyon hike in Jasper National Park

Maligne Canyon hike

Jasper National Park
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Maligne Canyon hike

Distance: 3.9km
Elevation: 140m
Time: 1 - 2 h

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The Maligne Canyon walk explores the finest limestone gorge in Jasper National Park. This is a great family-friendly hike that provides great views of the mountains and the incredible canyon geology.

Maligne Canyon hike Map

Getting there

Head north from Jasper on Highway 16 until you reach Maligne Lake Rd. Turn right on this road and continue until the turn off for Maligne Canyon. Park at the far end of the lot to access the trailhead.

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When to do

May through October

Backcountry Campsites

No

Toilets

Trailhead

Family friendly

Yes

Route Signage

Average

Crowd Levels

High

Route Type

Out and back


Maligne Canyon
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Route Description for Maligne Canyon

There are several paths that lead all throughout Maligne Canyon, giving you many options to explore. All of the paths are extremely wide and are well signposted. There are several steps so taking a stroller could be very difficult, and is not recommended.

It is best to take the leftmost trailhead that leads directly to the canyons. These canyons have been carved out for years by glacier runoff, and are absolutely stunning. The photos do not do them justice. They are immensely deep and narrow, and have several magnificent waterfalls.

If you want to best view for the least effort, turn left before crossing the bridge and hike up towards the gift shop. You will come across the most majestic waterfall, and some smoothly sculpted rocks.

However, if you want a longer hike cross the bridge and turn right. This path (# 7) runs parallel to the river and crosses over several times. As stated, the views are beyond words. Towards the end of the path the river widens and neat rapids form.

At the end of the path cross over the fifth bridge and return along the 7F trail. This path is no longer paved and climbs up along a ridge above the river. From here you will see wonderful views down the valley and across to the single picturesque Pyramid Mountain. The 7F trail will reunite with the 7 trail at the first bridge you crossed. Return to the car the way you came.

The majestic Maligne Canyon was formed because of the Palliser Formation, a layer of limestone left some 365 million years ago by ancient plankton. Water constantly running over this stone has carved out the superb canyons that are seen along the hike. Panels located throughout the trail system explain in more detail the geological significance of the area.

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PeterHopkins 2 months ago

I admire the mountains and the majestic waterfalls.

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DesireeD. 2 months ago

Amazing and easy hike. It is also good for a family trip.

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RobCruz 2 months ago

Def'ly recommending the maligne canyon. My kids says why didn't we do this sooner.

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JohnCan 2 months ago

What a relaxing hike not that challenging but hey! I'm not alone in this, taking it easy with my boys.

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Giedre 2 months ago

Usually, visiting canyons and places like this that don't resemble hiking at all is not my cup of tea, but I've visited this one and I'm glad I did because I cannot explain how massive the waterfalls in the canyon are. If I had to show Jasper to my friends, I'd definitely go there again as this one is just astonishing. Also, I didn't do the whole route, just checked out the first two overlooks, but it was enough for me.

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akaneogawa 4 months ago

Outstanding natural beauty. Definitely go see this place.

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LukeMc 10 months ago

It was a great place to visit. Just be careful because the steps could get slippery at times.

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LaylaP. 1 year ago

A must visit in Jasper! I also recommend buying snacks from Malign CanyonTea House. Their sandwiches are the best!

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Samuel P 1 year ago

It's an easy hike to experience this beautiful gorge. Amazing. I can recommend the Maligne Canyon, especially to families. The kids will remember this walk for a while, trust me.

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Ferry Portegijs 1 year ago

Nice hike, first bridges are the most beautifull,.

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