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View the Extraordinary with a Maligne Canyon Icewalk!

January 8th, 2014 by

Maligne Canyon IcewalkMaligne Canyon, just north of Jasper, Alberta, is a beautiful place to visit, no matter the time of year but, in winter, the canyon’s river freezes up, creating a world like no other you’ve ever experienced but which you now can, via a Maligne Canyon Icewalk!

Maligne Canyon is the deepest canyon in Jasper National Park, with steep, limestone walls that, in the summer, rushes with churning waters. Come the cold of winter, however, those same waters recede quite a bit, leaving stunning and beautiful formations of ice behind.

Imagine the kinds of formations you’re used to seeing in caverns – stalactites, stalagmites, flowstone, soda straws and more – now picture these formations and others made entirely of ice. 30 meter-tall, frozen waterfalls ascending canyon walls aalong with other amazing, natural ice sculptures.

But that’s not all – the limestone walls of the canyon, themselves, reveal a their own secrets when the water recedes. View in wonder the strata that clearly illustrates the billions of years of gradual formation as well as the fossils embedded within – a paleontologist’s dream.

So secure a guide company, strap on some anti-slip cleats, and take an icewalk! Maligne Canyon Icewalk guides are knowledgeable and will not just show to you but also explain all that you see: the ice, the river, the canyon, the fossils. With washrooms, a restaurant and a gift shop nearby, there’s no excuse to not go!

Some guide services even offer night tours of the Maligne Canyon Icewalk – a truly, other-wordly experience as you view the canyon and its ice formations in the glow of a headlamp and, even more breathtaking, under stars!

Maligne Canyon Icewalk

Book your tour with one of these three, outstanding and knowledgeable companies:
Jasper Adventure Centre
Maligne Adventures
Sun Dog Tours

Jasper Lodging
Mountain River Lodge has cabins and a bed and breakfast lodge. Make us your lodging choice during your visit to Jasper National Park – you wont regret it!

Last Chance to take a Maligne Canyon Ice Walk

March 7th, 2013 by insideout

With Spring just around the corner, the temperature will soon increase and ice will start to melt in places with lower elevations, like Maligne Canyon. This is probably your last month of the season to take an ice walk in this magical place.

With its frozen waterfalls, surreal ice formations and frosted limestone walls, Maligne Canyon is a bewitching place in the winter. It can also be a dangerous place. Several deaths and serious injuries have occurred in and around Maligne Canyon in winter months.

The safest way to visit Maligne canyon is to go with a guide. Several local tour companies offer guided walks. For information contact the Information Center: 780-852-6176 or
If you choose to go on your own, you do so at your own risk and be prepared! Here are some recommendations from the park service:

  • Make sure you have the right gear and clothing, ice cleats are highly recommended
  • Supervise children
  • Visit a local guide or the park information center before you go

    Make sure to check in with the information center before beginning a winter excursion.

    Make sure to check in with the information center before beginning a winter excursion.

  • Tell someone where you are going and when you expect to return
  • Bring a headlamp – you never know when you might be delayed
  • Travel at night is not advised

Companies Offering Guided Maligne Canyon Tours

Maligne Adventures: This is Jasper’s most popular winter tour! Explore the entrance to a cave system, ice caves, fossils and towering frozen waterfalls stretching over 30m up the canyon walls. They offer tread enhancing cleats and winter boots to help you stay warm and feel secure while walking on the ice. The trip lasts three hours, with two hours on the trail. Departs Daily at 9:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m. & 6:00 p.m. Price: Adults: $55.00; Children: $27.50

Jasper Lodging

At Mountain River Lodge we have stand alone cabins and a bed and breakfast lodge. We would love to be your lodging choice during your visit to Jasper Park in Canada.