22 responses to “Add This to the "Before You Die" List: The Maligne Canyon Ice Walk”

  1. kerry dexter

    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.

  2. Alexandra Grabbe

    What an amazing place! I would love to see the ice waterfall.

  3. Donna Hull

    Jasper National Park is so beautiful It's one of my favorite areas. I've always wanted to see it in the winter. Did you find the ice walk difficult? Would you recommend this experience for baby boomers? Ah, you see where I'm going with this – a winter trip to Jasper Lake Lodge just might be in the making.

  4. ruth pennebaker

    "The inside of a diamond"? What beautiful, evocative writing.

  5. Sheryl

    I so enjoyed reading this, Melanie. When I think of ice, all I think of is slipping and sliding and how I hate the winter. What a new and beautiful way to look at it!

  6. Jennifer Margulis

    What an amazing sounding trip, Melanie. This is something that sounds so unique and magnificent. I want to go here!

  7. Melanie Haiken

    I'm glad everyone's enjoying this one. It was very inspiring, to be sure. To answer the practical questions, yes, it's fine for relatively inexperienced hikers, since they teach you some techniques for walking with the cleats and as long as you use those, you're not in too much danger of slipping and falling, though one person on our trip did do a skid. As for boomers, I don't think age is a big limitation, but there is one issue which is girth. The tunnel to get into the ice cave is narrow, and there were a few people in our group who declined to go into the cave because it seemed pretty clear they wouldn't fit through the tunnel. But all they missed was the 10 minutes in the cave (though it was spectacular), and they were able to do everything else. The hike is about two to three hours in length. Some people do add an ice climbing activity, but that's definitely not for the faint of heart!

  8. Susan Johnston

    Wow, those photos look spectacular! The description sounds amazing, too.

  9. Karen

    The Maligne Canyon Icewalk Tour is completely amazing! Well worth it!

    Urban Insight Travel http://www.urbaninsight.ca have some great packages that include the tour with accommodation etc.

  10. Anonymous

    The Maligne Canyon ice walk is absolutely beautiful. We went in early spring and it was perfect. Probably the highlight of our 5 day trip to Jasper. It can be a little difficult in some areas but, nothing to serious and the guide will allow you to take breaks if necessary.
    It is definitely something everyone should explore!!

  11. MyKidsEatSquid

    I've never heard of Jasper National Park. Sounds like a great place to explore. Thanks for the info–and the amazing pictures.

  12. Frugal Kiwi

    Beautiful. What fabulous photos and evocative writing to go with them.

  13. Peggy Bourjaily

    Wow, your writing has such a melody to it! Love the pictures and would love to visit this beautiful place one day.

  14. sarah henry

    You make the ice and snow look and sound so inviting, Melanie.

    Now, where is that down coat, as for knee high rubber boots, I'm assuming you can rent those for just such an adventure.

  15. Leigh

    Thanks for this beautiful post on the area I am lucky enough to call home, Jasper. And it was great to meet you Melanie – take care!
    Leigh Abra, Jasper

  16. Meredith

    The photos are just spectacular – I want to do this. Wow. Oh. Wow.

  17. Alisa Bowman

    The photos are breathtaking. I would never have expected that answer as to why it doesn't freeze (or does so in that particular way).

  18. DH Wall

    Sounds like you had an awesome experience in Jasper.

    The Maligne Canyon Ice Walk is on the Ultimate List of Jasper National Park Activities – under the list of winter activities.

    http://jasperjournal.com/activities/ultimate-list-of-jasper-national-park-activities

  19. Anonymous

    Jasper Adventure Centre hosts the Maligne Canyon Walk at 10am , 2pm and 7pm daily!! You can book directly from your hotel or other accommodations by phone, or book online to save a few dollars!! http://www.jasperadventurecentre.com See you on the Ice!!

  20. kris bordessa

    What a neat place – and your photos are gorgeous. But – brr!

  21. bethany

    Hi Melanie,

    We were recently included together on a list about travel tips at HikeBikeTravel.com.

    I just wrote a quick post about it on our travel site BeersAndBeans.com and I provided a link back to your site. You can check it out here:

    http://beersandbeans.com/2010/02/14/hikebiketravel-com-thanks-for-the-shout-out/

    I just wanted to let you know.

    I also took a quick poke around your site and it's great, I will def. be checking back again soon!

    - Have a great day, Beth & Randy
    http://www.BeersAndBeans.com

  22. Skiing at Jasper

    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.

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