Back in January Sarah over at Stop Nothing but Time got up at the crack of dawn, loaded ourselves and our gear into the truck and headed to Jasper to stand on a frozen Lake Beauvert for sunrise.
After some breakfast the decision was made to go hike Maligne Canyon. I have hiked this trail many times in the summer months and 2015 was my first winter Ice Walk. Heading back into the frozen wonder of the canyon was something I was excited for.
How to get there…
From Jasper we take the Maligne Lake Road to the fifth bridge parking lot. This hike is enjoyed by many with multiple guided tours happening daily.
Gear is loaded up and Ice Trekkers are put on our feet to assist with traction (we are about to walk along a frozen river) and the truck key is safely stored away in a pack pocket.
What to Expect
As you cross the parking lot towards the river you will see a bridge that will take you across the river and signage with lots of information
With this only being my second time out on the ice walk I was surprised just how different it was from the visit in 2015. As you approach the bridge that will take you across the river it is hard to believe that this river is completely frozen over just a few hundred yards up the way.
Once you cross the river and turn right along the trail you have two options to take you to the frozen section of the trail. We decided to take the path that takes you along the edge of the river before taking you back up to the trail for a short bit before heading back down to the river but this time it was frozen.
It is at this spot that I stopped took a few photos and started my hike along the frozen river
Due to popularity of the area the path is well packed and visible
The hike is not very long but has always taken me a good two to three hours to make my way up and then back.
Appropriate clothing for weather
Hiking poles if you have them
If you are ever in the Jasper National Park during winter I can not recommend this hike enough
Maligne Canyon Ice Walk