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Planning a trip to Jasper National Park and only have one day to get the most out of this amazing place? We have you covered. Here are our suggestions if you're keen to get active, go exploring and soak up summer vibes on Jasper's best patios all in one day.

Maligne Canyon

10-to-15-minute (10.7 km) drive from Jasper

Begin the day by driving to Maligne Canyon. Just outside of town, it’s the deepest canyon in Jasper National Park.

Canyon Hike

7.4 km round-trip to the Sixth Bridge. Give yourself 3 hours for this hike.

Explore this incredible natural landmark to discover six bridges and multiple viewpoints displaying jaw-dropping views of the dramatic gorge, rushing water and tumbling waterfalls.

For a gentle hike, head over the first two bridges — the second is located at the canyon’s highest point, soaring more than 50 metres above the water. Feeling more adventurous? The third bridge displays the best vantage of a waterfall and is an ideal spot for photos. To extend the hike, continue to the sixth bridge for an exhilarating trek and beautiful mountain scenery.

A waterfall rushing through a rocky canyon.

Smokehouse Lunch

Refuel post-hike with lunch on the patio at Maligne Canyon Wilderness Kitchen. Expect hearty fare made from scratch at the smokehouse-inspired restaurant, just steps from the first bridge.

A group of friends eat on a patio next to a lush forest.

Pyramid Lake

25-to-30 minute (15.7 km) drive from Maligne Canyon

Next, drive back through Jasper and over to Pyramid Lake Lodge. It’s the ideal setting for a lakeside stroll, boat rental or cycling adventure. Rent a mountain bike to explore the scenic Pyramid Bench trail network. Trail 15 is the popular choice for beginners, while a trip to Katrine Lake or the Watertower best suits intermediate and advanced riders.

Two people ride mountain bikes down a forest trail.

Dinner With a View

Dine on mountain-fresh fare at Aalto, overlooking the iconic Pyramid Lake and surrounding peaks. Request a patio seat and soak up the spectacular scenery. 

Two women have drinks on an outdoor patio with a mountain in the background.

How's that for a day to remember? For more itinerary suggestions and planning tips, see here.

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