The Maligne Canyon hike is a Jasper National Park must! Earlier this summer, we had the chance to take a weekend road trip to Jasper and this hike was definitely a highlight.
After months of being indoors due to COVID, it was wonderful to spend some time outdoors and breathing in some fresh air.
We woke up early on a Saturday morning ready to go on the hike. We were literally the first ones there. It was only a few minutes from Jasper Park Lodge, where we stayed for the weekend.
On the way out, we didn’t see anyone else but, on the way back we did start seeing a few.
Maligne Canyon, with a depth of over 50 meters (164 feet), is the deepest canyon in Jasper National Park.
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.
Short on time? The hike to the first three bridges can be done in a short period of time and you will see most of what there is to see. The Third Bridge happens to be the best location to see and take photos of a spectacular waterfall. We walked over to the fifth bridge and back and covered a total distance of about 5 KM (3 miles).
If you are going during mosquito season, which is anytime where the temperature if above freezing, bring bug spray! We were almost eaten alive by the mosquitos.
After the hike, it was too early for a meal, but we did notice Maligne Canyon Wilderness Kitchen and decided we should stop by later. The food is fantastic and a great place to refuel after your adventure. Also, if you are a fan of baked beans, theirs are particularly good.
Finally, if you are planning a trip to Jasper and looking for more related content, below are links to a few posts that might interest you.