Maligne Canyon

Point Of Interest

4.7 from 11 users


Waterfalls, fossils, potholes, underground stream outlets, the nests of ravens and rare black swifts, unexpectedly lush plant life and the startling effects of frost action - these are just some of the wonders of Maligne Canyon. Swirling, churning water has worn the canyon, only two metres across at some points, to a depth of more than 50 metres. Maligne Canyon is carved into the Palliser Formation, a layer of limestone deposited in a shallow tropical sea by lime-secreting plankton about 365-million years ago. Some geologists speculate that parts of the canyon were originally deep caves that have since been uncovered by glacial scraping and water erosion. Parks Canada has developed a self-guided interpretative trail along the canyon with signs describing the geological history of the area. There are four bridges across the gorge, each with its own special view. A short hiking loop tours the upper reaches of the canyon, while a longer trail follows the gorge and exits at a fifth and sixth bridge lower down. Please resist the temptation to throw coins into the canyon - this needlessly spoils the natural beauty of the area. No camping or overnight parking allowed.

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Lat: 52.920928 Lng: -117.999884

User Reviews



Did the walk to 3rd bridge was amazing !!! Little hill to it but doesnt take too long , a must do!


User 64016

Nice canyon and moderate walking tracks. Be early, it's getting busy.



It is busy but still definitely worth it (we have seen canyons in US and Central & South America and still worth it!)


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