- 50-metre deep canyon
- 30-metre frozen ice pillars
- 160-million year-old canyon
Strap on ice cleats over warm winter boots, bundle up with mitts and gloves, and descend through time, exploring ancient Maligne Canyon from the ground up. You'll cross a river bridge made of ice, reach out to touch waterfalls hanging like glowing curtains of ice. Your adventure guide, a passionate mountaineer or climber, will lead you to secret caves and frosted limestone walls. At some points the gorge is so narrow you can stretch your arms and touch water-carved walls. Visit Maligne Canyon at night for a different, mesmerizing journey. Under a full moon, the canyon is like a cast diamond, glowing and twinkling before you. Strap on a headlamp, and look up at the stars. Behind a curtain of ice your guide will hold up a spotlight illuminating 30 metre ice pillars in a natural light display. The sweeping ice formations shimmer blue and green—the colours of one of the finest winter walks in the Canadian Rockies.
Why you should visit
- Explore magnificent waterfalls, fossils and ice caves of Maligne Canyon.
- Touch dramatic Angel Falls and freestanding Queen of Maligne falls.
- Explore hidden caverns amid the waves and swirls of gorgeous sculptural ice formations, rising up to 50 metres on the canyon walls.
- Stretch your arms to touch the frosty canyon walls in the narrowest part of the gorge.
- Walk around magnificent sheets of ice glowing luminescent green and blue.
- See fossils embedded in the limestone walls.
- Explore Maligne Canyon by moonlight on a romantic night walk.
- If the conditions are right, you might see hard-core ice climbers inching along great sheets of ice, or rappelling to the bottom.
- Summers in Jasper (from June to early September) can be cool during the day, dropping to a chilly 7°C at night. Expect below freezing temperatures and plenty of snow fall in Winter from November to March.
- The majority of visitors come to Jasper between June and September each year with July and August being high season.
- Discover local weather information. Research local weather patterns at Environment Canada’s Canadian Climate Normals Website.
- Departure times & pricing.
- Guided day and evening ice walks run from mid-December to mid-April. A guide is required.
- Trips lasts about 3 hours.
- Warm waterproof boots and ice cleats provided.
- Pick-up and drop-offs from your Jasper hotel.
- Not recommended for children under seven.
When to go
- Winter in Jasper stretches from November to March, ideal for enjoying the Maligne Canyon Ice Walk, as well as skiing at Marmot Basin and skating on Lake Mildred.
- Don’t miss the annual Jasper in January Festival, offering dog sledding, snowshoe races, sleigh rides, and live performances.
- Most people visit Jasper in summer, especially July and August, peak season for hiking and wildlife viewing. Great deals can be had in Jasper in the off and shoulder seasons, usually in October/November and April/May.
Need to know
- Dress in layers for warmth, including thick socks, hat, and gloves or mitts.
- Guided hikes are offered in English. French guides available upon request.
- Many local hotels in Jasper offer special Maligne Canyon Ice Walk packages through operator.
- Free shuttle service pick-ups and drop-offs from your Jasper hotel are provided with the tour.
- To reach Jasper National Park from Edmonton, travel 370 km west on the famous Yellowhead Highway.
- To reach Jasper National Park from Banff, travel 287 km northwest along the stunning Icefields Parkway, to the Yellowhead Highway.