At about ten kilometers east of Jasper is Maligne Canyon. Here the Maligne River through the years a fifty-meter deep gorge carved into the limestone that in some places no more than two meters wide. From several interconnected walkways, we can see the gap.
Maligne Canyon is just a short drive from the Jasper townsite. Once there you can hike a self-guided interpretive trail over 6 bridges to see this spectacular gorge. It plunges down over 50 feet and is very incredible to see. When I was here the water was still frozen, and I have never seen anything like a frozen waterfall before. It's gorgeous, and I would love to see it in the summer sometime.
There are plaques all along the trail describing the science and history behind this gorge.
There is a gift shop and restaurant as well.
UPDATE - April 2009 - I have just visited Maligne Canyon for the second time in the month of April. I did the hike twice on two seperate days. The first day I stuck to the trail and went much further than I did in 2007. The canyon is absolutely gorgeous, the river going from absolutely solid ice to still water to a gently flowing stream. The second day I ventured onto the ice. There are barriers along the trail, but there are places where you can onto the ice. It was a completely different experience. It felt like I was in a different world, walking on ice with frozen waterfalls around me, the world high above. There are several "Ice Walk tours" available from $50+, but you can save the money and do it yourself. Just be careful not to slip!
Located on the Icefields Parkway with a road side turnout to the right when you head towards the glacier. You also get a great view of Mount KItchener and often wildlife shows up also .We went totally crazy and took tons for pics of the falls.:)
See waterfalls and walk around in an old abandoned canyon. I liked the potholes carved out in the canyon walls where water once was. There is a little cove at the end of the trail where there is a large collection of mini totem poles made out of rocks. It seems to get more pieces each time I revisit this area.
Maligne Canyon is the perfect place to go if you're looking for a short yet splendid hiking trail. Swirling, churning water has worn this canyon to a depth of over 50 m. An interpretive trail winds its way from the picnic area across six bridges. The TeaHouse restaurant is open from March to early November.
The Maligne Canyon is well worth seeing and can be visited for a couple hours as it is quite close to the Jasper townsite. I did not have high expectation for it as I have already seen a few other canyons in the park, but I think this one is quite interesting. There are six bridges across the canyon, giving you the opportunity to walk over it and peek into its deep gorge, which is over 50 meters deep at one point. There is a hiking trail along the canyon, allowing you to hike from the first bridge to the sixth bridge. The first bridges are quite close to each other, and are the most interesting. However, if you want to hike to the last bridge, it is going to take a while.
this canyon is really nice but its not a short walk - ull have to walk from the parking place till the end and back (or find a ride from the parking place at that end to the place u left ur car)
the trail is very nice, and easy to walk and ull see on the way lots of rapids and waterfalls and even a nice weeping rock
Maligne Canyon is located 11 km east of Jasper along the Maligne Lake road.
It is a canyon like many others, but in its sort it is actually quite nice. A trail follows the rims of the narrow canyon and bridges span the canyon at several places. All in all a nice stop when visiting Jasper NP.
This is a picturesque waterfall located 96kms south of Jasper on the Icefields Parkway. Stop in for a look if you are visiting the Icefields Visitor Centre, it is nearby.
You can also hike here from Wilcox Pass Camp Ground, that's an 11km hike.
These tiny falls are a precursor to the mighty falls that lie ahead. These falls look quirky and playful as they splay in all directions over the cliff. Almost whimsical, although it would be wrong to anthropomorphize a waterfall.
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