Winter in Maligne Canyon
Jasper National Park
Whether you’re a winter walker or climber, Maligne Canyon offers beauty and adventure like no other. Frozen waterfalls and surreal ice formations make it a magical place to explore. Local tour companies offer guided walks, or take it up a notch and try ice climbing with a certified mountain guide.
The safest way to visit Maligne canyon is to go with a guide
Several local tour companies offer guided walks. For information contact Tourism Jasper: 780-852-6236 or www.jasper.travel
If you choose to go on your own, you do so at your own risk.
If you go alone, be prepared to be self-sufficient.
- Make sure you have the right gear and clothing, a helmet and ice cleats are highly recommended
- Supervise children
- Visit a local guide or the park information centre before you go
- 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
Hazards in the canyon
- Surfaces are slippery and uneven
- Thin ice and/or breakable shelf ice may give way unexpectedly
- Below the ice, the river is cold, deep and fast-moving
- Rock and ice fall.
- Watch for ice climbers and ask permission to pass if you are walking below
- There are limited ways to exit the canyon, making escape difficult
Hazards on the trail
- The steep snow covered trail can be icy and slippery, wear proper winter footwear.
- Due to the trail's proximity to the edge of the canyon, a fall here could mean a fall into the canyon. Assess the trail conditions before you set out
Maligne canyon is a multi-use area. There is the possible danger of falling ice from ice climbers. If a group is ice climbing, please wait for further instruction from the group.
Climbers: This is a multi-use area. Please work together so users can pass.
In case of an emergency call 911
Cell phone coverage in Maligne Canyon is not reliable.
- Maligne Canyon - main parking lot
- Maligne Canyon Hostel
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