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Maligne Canyon is a 2.7 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Jasper, Alberta, Canada that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and bird watching and is best used from April until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 2.7 miles Elevation Gain: 465 feet Route Type: Loop

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Maligne Canyon is a spectacularly beautiful place to go for a hike and marvel at this incredible natural wonder and there are plenty of photo opportunities along this scenic trail. The canyon is located only a ten minute drive from the town of Jasper and is easily accessible. It's a popular place for visitors to explore, but if you arrive early in the morning (7:30 or 8 am), you will beat most of the crowds. You can start the hike from various points along the canyon. The trail follows alongside the canyon the entire hike and the scenery gets more and more beautiful the closer you get to the First Bridge. Although there is some elevation gain, the inclines are fairly gentle and nothing too difficult or steep at all. The narrow canyon is so deep and beautiful and the surrounding scenery is gorgeous! It is incredible to imagine how the power of water has eroded and carved this gorge over many years. Maligne can be a good choice if you find Johnston Canyon in Banff to be too crowded. There are incredible viewpoints of the canyon from the Fourth, Third, Second and First Bridges and at various points along the way too. There are bathrooms at the trailhead of the Fifth and First Bridges in the parking area and a restaurant near the First Bridge as well. The hike from the Fifth Bridge to the First and back takes around 2.5 hours including stops for taking photos and admiring the awe-inspiring natural beauty. If you are staying in Jasper, Maligne Canyon is definitely worth exploring.

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snow
2 months ago

This is a well worn trail in a tourist rich location, you can purchase a guided tour, but this is unnecessary as a lot of people find it relatively easy to complete the hike solo. Cleats are a must, especially in the winter season as you descend in elevation, the stairs can be extremely slippery. Watch out for the thin ice as sections of the river bed have holes that have made it through to the moving river below. Scenary is beautiful and a recommended trail for all user types.

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rocky
snow
2 months ago

Great trail with surprisingly deep canyon (much deeper than Johnston). Little bit of a scramble when going down into canyon bottom but well marked used trail to show path

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icy
3 months ago

Great hike in, using the gates you can access pretty much any point in the canyon. Crampons are a must, but the views and picture potential is worth the time and effort.

hiking
4 months ago

Wonderful snow hike! Easy trail with great views and in the winter you get to see the amazing ice formations. Best to have ice cleats on your boots, easily rented in Jasper. Guided tours are not necessary but good for additional information and safety- they know what’s going on with the ice and wildlife.

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muddy
7 months ago

Super, super easy walk around the canyon. We parked at Bridge 5 and walked up Route 7H before looping back to the beginning using Route 7. Super muddy the whole way through but not challenging at all. If you like canyons and rushing water, Sunwapta Falls is much better for less work. Saw plenty of kids and older folks.

hiking
7 months ago

See my recording for the correct route! You should go up 7h and down 7 (if starting from bridge 5). The AllTrails route goes via 7f, which is an inferior path. 7 has the canyon, 7h has a great view over Jasper town. A great 2 hour amble with 15 mins of steep uphill but the rest is plain sailing.

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8 months ago

Muy agradable

hiking
8 months ago

Started our hike at the fifth bridge. Walked up to the top. A wonderful hike along the nice river in a canyon with lots of opportunity to see nature take pictures. With mid-September and while there were significant number of people on the trail you would not consider it crowded at all.

hiking
8 months ago

Good trail for kids 6 to 7 years old.

great hike. took path through forest on the way down to 5th bridge. then worked our way back up along the canyon. such unusual scenery, casades, rapids, hugh springs, very deep canyon. saw 2 bald eagles. ended at fossil area near cafe. arrived 8:15am. parking lot had less than 10 cars. full when we got back at 10:15. lots of buses. early is way better.

hiking
8 months ago

Started at 5th bridge, suggest to go counterclockwise.

hiking
8 months ago

This trail was just okay. Maybe it's because we had been hiking for 5 days already, but it was nothing mindblowing. In fact, the first bridge was actually my favorite, and that's where we started. I could have been done after that and not been too upset. But overall, it is still a beautiful hike. Fairly easy and it is dog friendly. We enjoyed our time here, although it's definitely busy. If you're going to go for a canyon, we did prefer Johnston Canyon to Maligne, but to each their own! We still enjoyed our time and got some great pictures.

hiking
8 months ago

This hike is as easy as you want it to be. The coolest views are right at the beginning overlooking the most fast moving and interesting part of the canyon. As the trail goes on the canyon turns to a river along side the trail. The first part of the trail is wide and easy to traverse. There is some up and down portions where you use rocks as steps. There are hand rails along a good portion of the trail because some of it is steep with slick rocks. The path from the 5th to the 6th bridge begins with some rocky trail but is mostly a flat dirt path. The views from the 6th bridge are not really worth it as it is similar to the 5th bridge. The beginning of this trail is highly trafficked and busy. It took us an hour to get from the first bridge to the 6th bridge.

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8 months ago

Absolutely beautiful, would hike again in any season!

hiking
8 months ago

Amazing trail, so much to see! There are many trails that you can take that are less traveled if you know what I mean!

hiking
8 months ago

Nice trail but sooooo many people

hiking
9 months ago

Sehr schön aber viel zu viele Menschen und sehr touristisch.

hiking
9 months ago

Good but easy, last ports (5/6) not that great

hiking
9 months ago

A short easy hike, but great given it’s length. Best to start at 5th bridge parking, walk up alongside canyon to tea house, then come down 7h in the forest with some nice mountain views

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bugs
scramble
9 months ago

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9 months ago

Beautiful walk through the canyon and listening to the rushing water.

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9 months ago

Spectacular hike. I recommend going left from parking lot so you hit the first bridge right at the beginning, and then you will hit 2-4 after that. The 5th bridge is a bit farther down the canyon. Furious rapids at the top, finishing in a broad turquoise river.

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9 months ago

Cool views but crowded trails

hiking
9 months ago

Honestly magical with the cut stone in the canyon and moss!! We went from Bridge 1-4 and were basically skipping with glee the entire time.

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