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Maligne Canyon, located about 11 km NW of Jasper is a slot canyon measuring up to 50 m (160 feet) deep, created by the erosion of the Maligne River and ongoing freeze/thaw cycles.
We have hiked Maligne Canyon many times and in all seasons. When we started visiting at Christmas, we would go for a winter hike here amidst the frozen waterfalls and snowy trees. Christmas Day, Boxing Day, January or April, it did not matter. The canyon seldom disappointed.
On our Christmas Day 2000 family hike, we discovered an ice formation called “the wine glass” at the bottom of the waterfall (5th shot in). Through the ice dome, you could still see the waterfall moving.
Back again at Christmas 2008 with the much older kids. The ice walls were spectacular and the whole canyon was dressed in a layer of winter white. Hiking here requires caution and ice crampons are advised. Guided tours and guided night tours are available here in normal times.
And in January 2013 by ourselves.
A brief stop in April 2019. The surrounding mountains were covered with fresh snow.