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Distance:
4.3 km
Difficulty:
Easy
Elev. gain:
103 meters
Time required:
1 - 2 hours
Bikes permitted:
No
Dogs permitted:
Yes

Directions to trail head

From Jasper head north on the Yellowhead (highway #16) towards Edmonton. Within 2 kilometers is the turnoff to the Maligne Lake Road. Along this road are the turnoffs for the Sixth and Fifth Bridge Picnic Areas. The Maligne Canyon Parking Lot and Teahouse are about 5 kilometers from the intersection of the Yellowhead and the Maligne Lake Road.

Hazards on trail

During the winter, take a tour if you plan to go on the ice so that you have a guide familiar with the area to minimize risk.

Hike Description

The track starts at the 5th bridge but if you want to extend the hike you can start at the 6th bridge adding 3.2 kilometers to the hike. Starting at the 5th bridge parking area, cross the suspension bridge and follow the trail on the north side of the river through the forest. As the ridge climbs the river the protective rails emerge as well as several bridges that provide excellent views of the canyon. In the summer the trail is very popular and often crowded. The noise of the river thundering down the canyon is impressive in the summer. In the winter the trail is not crowded and ice climbers can be seen climbing the waterfalls. Several companies also offer tours that follow the frozen river allowing the opportunity to view the canyon and the frozen falls from below.


Below is a fantastic picture I found on flickr that was taken by paprikaplains.


Maligne Canyon Water Fall Jasper



Hike Photos

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