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Maligne Canyon Trail



2.5 mile 4.0 kilometer point to point


Ascent: 538' 164 m
Descent: -118' -36 m
High: 3,769' 1,149 m
Low: 3,346' 1,020 m


Avg Grade: 5% (3°)
Max Grade: 19% (11°)


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Enjoy this popular trail along the Maligne River as the river narrows and goes through Maligne Canyon.

Joan Pendleton

Features River/Creek · Views · Waterfall

Family Friendly This is an interesting, short, easy trail along the Maligne River and Canyon. Many interesting placards along the way give your family plenty to read.


To find the Maligne Canyon Trail from Jasper, take the Yellowhead Highway (Hwy 16) east a short ways to the Maligne Lake Road turnoff. On Maligne Lake Road, take the first left, and then again the first left, to get to the parking area at the 6th bridge of the Maligne Canyon Trail. Go over the bridge across Maligne River and turn right onto Maligne Canyon Trail. Maligne Canyon Trail is marked with a number 7 on a yellow diamond.

Maligne Canyon Trail starts off through the woods in primarily a fir forest. The Maligne River is to the right of the trail with gently sloping banks that are not at all canyon-like... yet. The trail follows the river, and after about 0.5 miles, the river begins to narrow as its banks steepen. About 1.1 miles from the trailhead, the 5th bridge is reached. The 5th bridge provides access to another parking area.

After passing the 5th bridge, the river's steep banks grow higher, and soon the Maligne River is at the bottom of Maligne Canyon. As the Maligne River flows through Maligne Canyon, it cascades down rapids and waterfalls. The 4th bridge, a bridge to nowhere, is passed 1.9 miles from the trailhead.

About 2.1 miles from the trailhead, Maligne Canyon Trail crosses the Maligne River on the 3rd bridge. The trail now continues with the Maligne River to the left at the bottom of the canyon. After about another 0.25 miles, the trail recrosses the river and canyon on the 1st bridge.

After the 1st bridge, the canyon abruptly ends and the river runs over higher, flatter land. There is a visitor center here and toilets.

This trail has many short spurs that take you to the river and canyon's edge for dramatic, close-up views. The views of the river and canyon from all six bridges are also great. Many interesting placards along the way explain the geology and life of the river and canyon.

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Sep 2, 2019
Noah E
Aug 5, 2019
Bruce Miao
Aug 5, 2019
Shawn B.
Jul 26, 2019
Shannon Jackson
Feb 3, 2019
Will Jackson
Jul 30, 2018
Kim Chrislip
W Jer & Sam; went half way to bridge 6 and return 4mi
Jul 4, 2018
Erin Chakalos
Sep 17, 2017
Joan Pendleton

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Hanging Rock near 1st Bridge, Jasper NP
Aug 25, 2017 near Jasper…, AB
Maligne River between the 5th and 6th bridges of Maligne Canyon Trail.
Oct 5, 2017 near Jasper…, AB
Maligne River near the 5th bridge of the Maligne Canyon Trail.
Oct 5, 2017 near Jasper…, AB
One of the many Maligne Canyon waterfalls
Oct 5, 2017 near Jasper…, AB
Crossing Maligne Canyon on the 3rd bridge of the Maligne Canyon Trail
Oct 5, 2017 near Jasper…, AB
Maligne River in the lower part of Maligne Canyon, between the 4th and 5th bridges of Maligne Canyon Trail
Oct 5, 2017 near Jasper…, AB


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