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Maligne Canyon Winter

Winter wonderland in Jasper

Things to do, and points of inter­est. Reg­u­lar tours are avail­able to access the val­ley bot­tom. A guide will safe­ly tour you around with inter­pre­tive knowl­edge.

Maligne Canyon - Jasper
Still a lit­tle bit frozen in May
Maligne Canyon - Jasper
Sand­wiched between ice

We do how­ev­er, have to wait till the weath­er to get cool­er so it can freeze the canyon bot­tom and the sur­round­ing seep­age which cre­ates the won­der­ful frozen ice falls.

Maligne Canyon - Jasper
Nar­row chutes
Maligne Canyon - Jasper

A cave that is nor­mal­ly under water in the sum­mer is revealed, cau­tion is advised if you are think­ing of ven­tur­ing in. It is not main­tained and it not rec­om­mend­ed if you do not know what you are doing.

Maligne Canyon - Jasper
take in the canyon walls
Maligne Canyon - Jasper
Frozen water which is riv­er in sum­mer

The tall canyon walls are spec­tac­u­lar and won­drous, this area should be a place to see when you vis­it Jasper in the Win­ter.

Maligne Canyon - Jasper
tall cliff walls
Maligne Canyon - Jasper
Deep canyon of Maligne
Maligne Canyon - Jasper
Bridge over canyon

If the canyon is not ready for walk­ing on, you can still walk above from the Tea house down to Fifth or Sixth bridge.

 spectacular view 1Y9A5280
spec­tac­u­lar view
View into the deep canyon

This place is great to vis­it year round, so explore this area the next time you vis­it.


Maligne Canyon Summer

Amazing deep canyon walls

One of the most spec­tac­u­lar gorges in the Cana­di­an Rock­ies, sheers lime­stone walls plunge to depths of over 50 metres(165 ft.).  An inter­pre­tive trail winds its way from the pic­nic area across six bridges where you can catch the spray from the thun­der­ing Maligne Riv­er, or peer into the mossy depths.

Infor­ma­tion­al map
No fences here, use cau­tion

If you stay on the reg­u­lar path, the steep bits are fenced for your safe­ty, so don’t ven­ture any­where you are no com­fort­able with. When it rains, many areas gets slip­pery.

Maligne Canyon
Safe­ty net

Some of the areas are def­i­nite­ly not great for unsu­per­vised chil­dren. I’ll repeat again, use cau­tion and com­mon sense.

Maligne Canyon - Jasper
view from above
Maligne Canyon - Jasper
Frozen water­falls

Sum­mer has a dif­fer­ent charm to Maligne Canyon, although you can­not get right into the canyon itself, unless you are a Kayak­er. You can how­ev­er walk along the the Canyon from above to view the beau­ti­ful water falls and gorges.

Maligne Canyon - Jasper
good paths
Maligne Canyon - Jasper
Good Park­ing area with the entrance close by

This attrac­tion draws many vis­i­tors, so you might even run into park­ing issues, and if you do, there are options like tak­ing a tour with the local guide arranged in Jasper town or park at Fifth bridge and hike up the canyon.

Maligne Canyon - Jasper
Guid­ed tours avail­able year round


Near­by, between the Fifth and Sixth bridges, are the Rock Gar­dens and the Boul­der Gar­dens, Jasper’s fore­most climb­ing areas. In the win­ter, try your hand at a guid­ed Canyon Tour across the floor of the frozen canyon.  This is a sight you’ll not want to miss!  The Tea House is open from March to ear­ly Novem­ber.

Maligne Canyon - Jasper
easy steps
Maligne Canyon - Jasper
Great for fam­i­ly fun

Maligne Canyon - Jasper

spec­tac­u­lar view

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Leech Lake

Locate on the 93a hwy, this lake is a great place to relax and if the tem­per­a­ture is right, a great place to take a dip and cool down.

Doc­tor fish

Gar­ra rufa have been inte­grat­ed into a spa treat­ment where they feed on the skin of patients with pso­ri­a­sis. While the doc­tor fish treat­ment has been found to alle­vi­ate the symp­toms of pso­ri­a­sis, the treat­ment is not cura­tive, and no cure for pso­ri­a­sis cur­rent­ly exists. The use of the fish as a spa treat­ment for the wider pub­lic is still wide­ly debat­ed on grounds of effi­ca­cy and valid­i­ty.” Wikipedia

I’ve been told these are not Gar­ra Rufa, and the species is called Lake Chub.

pret­ty harm­less lake chub
get exfo­li­at­ed with these curi­ous fish
dare to swim here?
just hang­ing out at the dock
free treat­ment

Access: From Jasper head south on 93A hwy

Park­ing: Yes

Trail­head: 25minutes South of Jasper on the sec­ondary route 93A

Activ­i­ties: Canoe / Fish­ing / Wind Sail­ing /  Day Use / Swim­ming


Athabasca Falls

The head­wa­ter comes from the Colum­bia Glac­i­er about 70 kilo­me­ters south. Among the most pow­er­ful and breath­tak­ing falls in the Rocky Moun­tains, The Athabas­ca Riv­er thun­ders through a nar­row gorge where the walls have been smoothed and pot­holes are cre­at­ed by the sheer force of the rush­ing water car­ry­ing sand and rock. Park­ing and restroom facil­i­ties. paved trail and pic­nic sites avail­able.

Great view point
Kerkeslin moun­tain in the back­ground
The canyon after the falls
Peo­ple try­ing to build Inuk­shuks
Some steps to access the low­er canyon

In the win­ter there are track-set cross-coun­try ski­ing trail near­by. In the sum­mer this is also a start­ing point for white­wa­ter raft­ing which takes you down some scenic sights only acces­si­ble by water craft. Check out the spon­sors below and take in the adven­ture that awaits you.

Access: High­way 93 (Ice Field Park­way) South of Jasper approx­i­mate­ly 30 kilo­me­ters.

Park­ing: Yes

Trail­head: Short walk

Activ­i­ties: Sight­see­ing

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