Maligne Canyon
Maligne Canyon
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A scenic limestone canyon with waterfalls and walking trails.
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  • johnnnita
    Napa, California2,470 contributions
    THE BRIDGES AND FALLS OF MALIGNE CANYON
    You want to do some advance research on this location if you want to more thoroughly enjoy and remember which bridges you actually visited. If you are with a tour group, try to verify which bridges they are actually touring. There are multiple bridges in this area and wonderful carved out waterfalls created by erosion. However, they can begin to look very similar. If you are taking photos/videos, make sure you are clear what you are viewing. Of course, you want to experience all these waterfalls, if you can. They are unique and well worth the visit. We saw them on our day small group tour with Brewster Sightseeing. Looking back upon returning home, I can't say I completely match which bridge is which. Again, it was a beautiful, clear day for touring the canyon and falls. It's definitely a must see stop while you are in Jasper. It's really not that far away from the town of Jasper.
    Visited October 2022
    Written December 18, 2022
  • VillagerRick
    1,000 contributions
    Terrific Visit
    This is a must see if you are anywhere close. We recently hiked a lot further (Johnston Canyon) for a lot less of an experience. The large parking area is next to a nice gift shop and restaurant. The canyon walk starts there, and you can bite off as much as you have time for. We chose to stop our excursion at bridge 1 (somewhat limited mobility), and found the canyon and waterfalls views in that short walk to be magnificent, that section is relatively flat, and easily traveled.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written May 29, 2023
  • Kunio Takaki
    Ottawa, Canada27 contributions
    Simply amazing canyon walk.
    This canyon is about 12 minutes away from Jasper. It is excellent walk and view are just fantastic. The view is so dramatic, and give you chill. I was there 7:30am, I was all alone to do this walk. It is nicer to walk from upstream to down. #1 bridge is fantastic, you see the tall fall. Just beautiful. You an walk all the way down to #5 bridge. I took about 1.5 hour to arrived #5 bridge. And walked back up to parking lot. The way back is th3 same route, but you are happy to revisit amazing sceneries.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written June 5, 2023
  • Sucheta Marathe
    India48 contributions
    A must visit location in Jasper
    We recently visited Maligne Canyon in June 2023. It has 6 bridges and takes almost 2.5 to 3 hrs for a round trip. It's a slightly strenuous walk although smooth. One can choose to visit up to the 3rd bridge. The flowing river views are magnificent
    Visited June 2023
    Written June 8, 2023
  • MPP2703
    Caythorpe, United Kingdom1,763 contributions
    Add to your Jasper to do list.
    A short drive from Jasper whether on the way to/or from lake Maligne. Loads of trails, stunning scenery. You have the choice of so many trails and if you don't want to trudge to bridges 5 and 6 you can drive to them on the road back to Jasper. Definitely worth a visit if you are in the area.
    Visited June 2023
    Written June 19, 2023
  • THStyles
    24 contributions
    Jasper must do!
    Amazing! Will definitely go back. Went the end of June and although the parking lot was busy, there is enough room on the trail that we didn't feel like people were everywhere. Walked bridges 1-4. Came back on the loop and would not go back on the loop, would have turned back and came the way we came. The loop away from the bridges is mostly uphill in the forest and not nearly as much to see. Saw a huge elk with antlers right outside parking lot.
    Visited June 2023
    Written June 28, 2023
  • Journey4two
    191 contributions
    Any other time, it would have been great, but due to the dry winter, it was just ok this year.
    Due to the dry winter Jasper has had, the water flow was not that impressive. We can imagine how impressive it would be if they had more rain or snow during the winter. It was still nice, but again, don't expect too much this year. The hike initially goes downhill (all the way to the 5th bridge), but keep in mind that you'll have to hike this back up. It's not too difficult for most, but it could be challenging for the elderly or the physically challenged. Knowing what we know now, would we recommend it? Perhaps not this year for the aforementioned reason, but if Jasper had a colder/wet winter, then definitely yes. But then again, it's one of the things to do in the area, so you might as well visit and check it off the list. (About 2 hour should be plenty for most people). There is a nice souvenir shop and a great restaurant at the parking area. We tried the hamburger and the tri-tip sandwich, and both were great. The coffee was very good, too.
    Visited June 2023
    Written June 28, 2023
  • cypins
    Louisiana273 contributions
    Wonderful and Interesting Canyon!
    Maligne Canyon is a wonderful and interesting series of falls and canyon. Very nice hike, not too strenuous but was definitely crowded the day we went. We hiked bridges one through four and enjoyed it. We were here after lunch and it was very crowded so I would suggest to see this canyon either real early or later in the afternoon after the crowds calm down!
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written July 11, 2023
  • Phylly M
    Pennsylvania440 contributions
    Absolutely Fabulous!
    Yes, Please take the hike through the path in the canyon. The water is powerful. They do offer private tours with guides .. This is a beautiful hike well over 1 hour long. Not strenuous if you have transportation at the end
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written July 19, 2023
  • Christina B
    Louisiana2,712 contributions
    Not what I was Expecting
    After visiting so many other canyons this one was a let down. The canyons are pretty, but only saw 1 fall. You hear the water & can barely see it at times. We walked bridges 2-4 and drove to 5 & 6. I have knee issues and we have done a ton of hikes so did not want to walk between 4 &5. I saw the misery of faces at bridge 5 for those who walked & had to walk back. Very steep!! Since 1 is the beginning of the canyon it didn’t interest me to go to it and the parking lot puts you at bridge 2. Easy to find along Maligne Canyon Road. All stops are marked. If you only have time for one or 2 do the ones along the Icefield parkway…. So much better !! See my other reviews as I reviewed those too!!
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written July 30, 2023
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CanadianBadger
Canmore, Canada72 contributions
Oct. 2023 • Couples
Maligne Canyon is a must see walking experience. Borderline hike as it goes a long way down, means its a long way back up. Amazing outdoor activity, canyon and river (with some early ice - October) truly lovely. I'm almost 300lbs but like to hike so I'd say do able for most people.
Written October 30, 2023
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Jobylake
Ottery St. Mary, UK937 contributions
Jul. 2023 • Couples
We parked in the main car park with ease as we arrived early in the morning. From this car park, the walk from First Bridge to Fifth Bridge is mainly downhill. It is rocky and even in places so sensible walking shoes or boots are recommended.

As per previous reports, it would be better to do the loop from the car park at Fifth Bridge rather than from the main car park as you will do the harder bit uphill first when the day is cooler rather than downhill. The car park at Fifth Bridge appeared to be much quieter too as there were spaces available when we arrived before walking back.
Written October 23, 2023
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2018CDN
Calgary, Canada64 contributions
Oct. 2023 • Couples
We walked from bridge #6 to #1 and back. Took about 2 hours. From bridge 6 to 5 it’s mostly a peaceful walk through the foods. Once you get to the canyon, it’s breathtaking! Rocks can be slippery- good shoes recommended.
Written October 22, 2023
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Cathy H
3 contributions
Sep. 2023 • Family
Driver Mary and host Flora made the drive to Maligne Lake, Medicine Lake, and Maligne Canyon informative and enjoyable. The canyon walk held incredible views of flora, rock erosion, and waterfalls. One of our favorite experiences of our four days in Jasper.
Written October 9, 2023
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The Travelling Vegan
London, UK44 contributions
Oct. 2023 • Couples
This is a fantastic place to visit with spectacular and a bit scary views into the deep canyon with gushing waterfalls. Easy paths if you want or more difficult if you prefer. Interesting info boards. Dramatic and incredible, highly recommended.
Written October 5, 2023
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Kevin L
Tiny, Canada244 contributions
Sep. 2023 • Family
Nice views of deep canyon. There are multiple bridges on hike you can take to turn around part ways. Climb is a bit steep. Make sure to stop by viewing area down the road for some nice views of Jasper area.
Written September 30, 2023
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Tim T
Poole, UK21 contributions
Sep. 2023 • Couples
Maligne Canyon was beautiful. I started at the top cafe and walked down to just prior to bridge 5 before returning. It was late afternoon in late Sept. The weather was fine and sunny but ut was still not busy. The path down is straight forward but quite steep. Lots of opportunities to take photos of the azure blue waters and falls. As with all of the Rockies, public amenities are plentiful and of good quality. The cafe at the top is good- recommend sitting out on the veranda.
Written September 29, 2023
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Sabes
Pittsburgh, PA28 contributions
Sep. 2023 • Couples
Malign Canyon was more than we expected based on some reviews. Beautiful canyon walls, different from every angle, with water flowing anywhere from gushing waterfalls to rushing rivers under 6 bridges. See map to understand that you can walk/hike anywhere from an easy loop to bridges 1 & 2 near parking lot or a little more hilly hike to loop around bridge 3 or keep on going for a longer, hike. I can only speak for the loop to bridge 3, which included 1 & 2. If you start the loop left, with the canyon on your right, you are rewarded with many beautiful close up looks into the canyon. The climb to bridge 3 is downhill and on the left side (with canyon on right) there are some switchback stairs. Coming back up to parking lot on the loop with canyon on the right, you are a bit further from the edge and it is a dirt hill with some rocks and roots. It took us, in our 60s, less than an hour to do the bridge 3 loop with many stops along the way, both to stare at the beauty of the canyon and waterfalls and to rest at intervals on the way back up. We then drove to bridge 5, a cool suspension bridge across a bubbling riverbed and then drove to bridge 6, wooden bridge across bubbling river. Views from 5 and 6 are less spectacular as the canyon walls ended closer to bridge 4, which I believe is accessible only by foot.
Written September 27, 2023
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Janey
Buffalo, NY32 contributions
Sep. 2023 • Couples
WE were a bit unable to do our usual hiking due to knee surgery, but its a beautiful location. We only got to see the first 2 bridges because the incline, etc didnt allow us to continue so it wasnt much of a hike but beautiful!
Written September 24, 2023
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Vincent C
253 contributions
Sep. 2023 • Couples
After more research when we arrived at Bridge #5 we decided to just drive to the Bridge #2-4 and then walk back to #1 and back to the parking lot. Some nice views of the canyon and waterfalls but I don't think the rest of the hikes were worth it. You have better places to be in this area for the day.
Written September 12, 2023
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