Jasper National Park of Canada
Winter in Maligne Canyon
Maligne Canyon in the Winter © Parks Canada / Rogier Gruys
With its frozen waterfalls, surreal ice formations and frosted limestone walls, Maligne Canyon is a magical place in the winter. However, 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 Centre:
780-852-6176 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, 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
Always supervise your children in Maligne Canyon © Crystal McNutt
- 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
Climber in Maligne Canyon © Pascal Roy
In Case Of An Emergency Call 911
- Maligne Canyon - main parking lot
- Maligne Canyon Hostel
Cell phone coverage here is not reliable.