2 to 3 hours / 7K return
Local campgrounds include
Whistlers. There are several hiking trails,
Miette Hot Springs,
Punch Bowl Falls,
Athabasca Falls are all
located in this area.
You are in bear country.
Park at one of the bridge parking lots 10kms northeast of Jasper in
Jasper National Park. The lowest 6th bridge parking lot is located 2kms form
Description: This is more of a short walk than a
hike but it can be extended if you
start at the lowest sixth bridge
downstream of the canyon. You can also drive to
the top of the canyon and take a
short walk to the Maligne Canyon
lookouts which is what most of the
tourists do. If you want to get out
for a short easy hike start at the
bottom sixth bridge parking lot.
Cross the bottom bridge over the Maligne River then
turn right onto the Maligne Canyon
trail. The trail runs upstream along
the Maligne River canyon. Between the sixth and fifth
bridge there are several
interesting underground streams
that bubble up out of the ground and join the main river.
When you arrive at the fifth bridge
stay on your left, keep going
straight ahead up the canyon trail.
From this point the sharp canyon
walls start to take shape and the trail
now has a steel guard rail. Keep
working your way up the canyon and
cross the lookout bridges 4, 3, 2
and 1. Do not venture of the trail
or over the guard rails as a fall
into the canyon would be fatal.
Maligne Canyon is one of the deepest
river canyons found in the Canadian
Rockies. The majority of the river
underground from Medicine Lake to
the Athabasca River. Depending on
the rivers flow rate, sections of the
canyon and the river bed can become
completely dry. The upper trail and
it's 4 bridges offer outstanding
views of crystal clear pools that
have eroded into the rock along with several
waterfalls. Maligne Canyon's
deepest point is approximately 55m.
In spots the canyons top opening is
2m across. During the winter months
most of the canyon is a frozen wonderland.