Maligne Canyon is a very popular activity and sightseeing destination located in the Jasper National Park near the community of Jasper, Alberta, Canada.
Maligne Canyon is situated in a deep river gorge surrounded by eroded limestone cliffs measuring over 50 metres high. The highlight of the canyon attraction is the tumbling waterfall, wilderness scenery, the underground streams and the surrounding limestone jagged cliffs.
There are many options to access Maligne Canyon based on your ambition and fitness levels. The most active option is via the 3.7 kilometre one-way hiking trail starting from the Sixth Bridge parking lot. There is a day use picnic area with picnic tables located near the Sixth Bridge trailhead entrance.
Along the hiking route you cross over six bridges - each with unique views of the surrounding forest, cliffs and Maligne River. To enhance the hiking experience there are also a few sightseeing benches and a series of interpretive signs located along the trail detailing the geological history of the canyon.
To shorten the hike you can also access the hiking route from the Fifth Bridge. And to avoid the hike all together (not recommended) you can drive directly to the canyon and quickly access the canyon lookout.
Maligne Canyon is a popular destination which attracts large crowds during the peak summer months. The best time to visit and to avoid the crowds is during the morning hours and late afternoons.
For a different experience why not plan a trip in the winter season to Maligne Canyon because it is during the winter months, the river freezes over and tours are provided walking on top of the frozen river leading to the deep canyon gorge.