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Jasper National Park Sights

Maligne Canyon

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Updated 10/21/2013

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The Maligne River cuts a 165-foot-deep gorge through limestone bedrock at Maligne Canyon. An interpretive trail winds its way along the river, switching from side to side over six bridges as the canyon progressively deepens. The 4-km (2½-mile) trail along the canyon can be crowded, especially near the trailhead. Just off the path, at the Maligne Canyon teahouse, are a restaurant and a good Native American crafts store. If you visit in winter, a Maligne Canyon ice walk

offers spectacular scenery from the bottom of the frozen canyon.

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Maligne Lake Rd., 11 km (7 mi) south of Jasper, Jasper National Park, Alberta, Canada

Updated 10/21/2013


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May 22, 2004

Spectacular in the winter

The deep canyon carved out by the river creates a spectacular sight in the winter when the massive falls freeze solid. Iceclimbing there is said to be among the region's best -- though the year I saw it, a man had recently fallen, plummeting metres to his death. His ropes and carabiners still hung where he unclamped them before falling. Humbling.

By Brent

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Jan 10, 2003

You won't malign Maligne Canyon

For accessiblity combined with natural beauty this spot can't be beat. It's even better in the winter from what I've been told. A beautiful walk on maintained trails and bridges with various distances for various abilities.

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