Friday, August 8, 2008

Maligne Canyon Trail & Downstream Bar, Jasper National Park, Canada


Maligne Canyon & Lake – This is a very nice short hike, which took us about 1-2 hours round trip with many photo ops along the way. The views are better and more visible if you hike from 5th Bridge to 3rd Bridge (south to north). Following this direction you immediately cross the river and begin your accent into the canyon. At the beginning the river is quit wide but becomes very narrow at places where it cuts through deep canyon walls curved out by this river. There is a point where are large percentage of the water that flows in this portion of the river comes out of holes in the canyon walls. This water comes from Medicine Lake and seeps underground until it emerges into this canyon. This is very interesting to see. The further north, the canyon gets deep and narrower so you find yourself looking down at the water.

Tips: hike from 5th to 3rd bridge and then back on the trail. It’s much longer walk back if you go all the way out the road and walk that back. You only need to go as far as 3rd bridge. Go early, for this is a very popular hike and can get very crowded later in the day and when tour bus let out.

Maligne Canyon & Lake – This is a very nice short hike, which took us about 1-2 hours round trip with many photo ops along the way. The views are better and more visible if you hike from 5th Bridge to 3rd Bridge (south to north). Following this direction you immediately cross the river and begin your accent into the canyon. At the beginning the river is quit wide but becomes very narrow at places where it cuts through deep canyon walls curved out by this river. There is a point where are large percentage of the water that flows in this portion of the river comes out of holes in the canyon walls. This water comes from Medicine Lake and seeps underground until it emerges into this canyon. This is very interesting to see. The further north, the canyon gets deep and narrower so you find yourself looking down at the water.

Tips: hike from 5th to 3rd bridge and then back on the trail. It’s much longer walk back if you go all the way out the road and walk that back. You only need to go as far as 3rd bridge. Go early, for this is a very popular hike and can get very crowded later in the day and when tour bus let out.

Downstream Bar – This nice, un-crowded pub is in the basement off the main road facing the railroad tracks. Friendly people, pool table. Couches, several televisions. The menu is mainly burgers and typical bar food but they did offer a couple main items like steaks and salmon. We sampled several bar type items (we split a bunch of food - a Caesar salad, chicken wings with honey garlic and barbecue, onion rings and nachos) and found them all pretty good. Waitress was nice but like most places here the service wasn’t great. Very pleasant though. The food and drink were expensive like everywhere else in the National Parks. – This nice, un-crowded pub is in the basement off the main road facing the railroad tracks. Friendly people, pool table. Couches, several televisions. The menu is mainly burgers and typical bar food but they did offer a couple main items like steaks and salmon. We sampled several bar type items (we split a bunch of food - a Caesar salad, chicken wings with honey garlic and barbecue, onion rings and nachos) and found them all pretty good. Waitress was nice but like most places here the service wasn’t great. Very pleasant though. The food and drink were expensive like everywhere else in the National Parks.


Tip - ask around for a coupon sheet with coupons to area sops - there was one this summer for 15% off food at the Downstream Bar

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