Maligne Canyon Ice Walk on your Top Things to Do Before You Die List

Melanie Haiken wrote a really nice article about doing the Maligne Canyon Ice Walk, one of the unique winter activities in Jasper National Park.

The article, entitled “Add This to the ‘Before You Die’ List: The Maligne Canyon Ice Walk” provides a synopsis of the experience of walking on a frozen river within a canyon and amongst frozen waterfalls.  But is it really worthy of a “Before you die” list?

Melanie argues that there’s no place like this in North America.   She goes on to say:

“It’s as if nature put on an ice carving show deep in a canyon with nothing but the foxes, elk and bighorn sheep to witness it. There are waterfalls of ice 30 feet high, icicles taller than I am, and caves walled by solid ice that drips bit by bit from rock overhangs.”

Seems like reason enough to me to add it to the list!  In fact, the Maligne Canyon Ice Walk is one of the winter activities on the Ultimate List of Jasper National Park Activities.

If you’re looking for something to do in the winter in the Canadian Rockies, a guided ice walk tour should be on your list.  Check out Melanie’s full article here – along with several photos of her ice walk experience.

After reading Melanie’s article, come back to to learn more about the Maligne Canyon Ice Walk and other Jasper National Park outdoor activities.

One of the added bonuses of visiting the park in the winter is the low price of hotels in Jasper National Park during the off-season and the opportunity to go skiing or snowboarding at Marmot Basin as part of your visit.

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4 comments to Maligne Canyon Ice Walk on your ‘Before you die’ list?

  • My first backpacking trip was 100+ miles from Jasper to Mount Robson back in 1971. It was amazing and basically changed the life of that 16-year-old kid forever. I would say that anything in Jasper is worthy of a “Bucket List.”

    I recently wrote about Bucket Lists on my blog,

  • I would have to agree with you fully on anything in Jasper making the bucket list! Mount Robson is a great place too. Mount Robson is like a really nice, quiet neighbor who keeps the yard looking good and has no barking dogs. The only “barking dogs” are the “tired feet” of hikers.

  • I’ve spent good time exploring Banff in the depths of winter — and your post reminds me it’s been far too long since last I was there. Not yet made it over to Jasper, so thanks for sharing your experiences and great photos.

  • Elizabeth M. Dubois

    With vast of steep terrain and heli-skiing, I thought Whistler is the only ski resort I should visit in Canada (source: Now, I think I should include Jasper in my list and experience the Maligne Canyon Ice Walk before My last day on Earth :)

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