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Six bridges. Endless Exploration.

Maligne Canyon is the deepest canyon in Jasper National Park, with a depth of more than 50 metres at certain points. Hikers of all abilities can explore this incredible natural landmark by crossing six bridges built across various points of the canyon. For those looking for a gentle hike, head over the First and Second bridges. The Second Bridge is the highest point of the canyon, standing more than 50 metres above the water.

Venturing further will take you to the Third Bridge, which is the best location to see a spectacular waterfall and makes for the perfect photo opportunity. For those looking for an extended hike, continue all the way to the Sixth Bridge for endless exploration and more spectacular sights.

Top 5 hiking experience at Maligne Canyon:

Take a short hike down the canyon from Maligne Canyon Restaurant to observe the natural rock formations and large dry potholes.

Walk along the rim of the canyon to the subsequent bridges. There’s no shortage of learning opportunities with a number of interpretive displays along the way.

Marvel at the deep canyon, the waterfalls and the power of the churning, swirling river that created it from the First and Second bridges. Watch the water that disappeared at the Medicine Lake flowing into the Maligne Canyon through the underground cave system from the Fourth Bridge.

Observe the mosses and lichens on the canyon walls. Try to spot an American dipper as it swoops down to feed on underwater insects. Check for black swift and raven nests on the canyon walls.

Watch as the river becomes wider and the river gains in water volume by the time you reach the Sixth Bridge, near the junction of Maligne and Athabasca rivers.

 
Maligne Valley

Maligne Valley

Maligne Valley is one of Jasper’s most spectacular locations and is home to the area’s most sought-after adventures. One can easily spend a day explore the Maligne Valley—here’s the ultimate day trip itinerary A Perfect Day in Maligne Valley

Dining

Enjoy a delicious, local take on tradition in a casual setting alongside the deepest canyon in the Canadian Rockies
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Prefer to join a tour?

Leave the driving to us so you can do the exploring. Join the Explore Jasper tour with Brewster Sightseeing and visit Maligne Canyon and many of Jasper’s other iconic sites.

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Stories from Maligne Canyon

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