The second half, of the first day, in Jasper National Park I spent time at the Maligne Canyon, which is a short drive, 10 minutes from the city of Jasper. There are several ways that you can approach the Maligne Canyon, from below and hiking up, or starting at the top and walking down. I did have time restraints so I started from the top and worked my way down.
|Second Bridge, Maligne Canyon|
|Maligne Canyon, between the second and third bridges|
As you get deeper into the canyon there are more trees and fewer viewing areas. You don't have worry about falling into the canyon at any point though, because there is a chain link fence that runs all the way along the trail, separating you from the sheer cliffs. One thing that is tricky is getting good light. The best times to visit for photographic purposes would be early in the morning or in the evening. During the summer the days are long, due to how far north Jasper is, but during the winter the daylight hours are rather short. During my first visit, the light was good in some places, but not in others. It took some exposure compensation and some post processing to get the exposure just right. In some cases the light was just to harsh and I couldn't the shots I wanted on the first visit.
|Maligne Canyon, Forth Bridge|
Once I finished shooting at the lower bridge I had to hike back up the canyon to the first bridge, were there is sizable waterfall. I found that most people don't even go over the first bridge, and so they miss this waterfall. The water falls from the upper cliffs of the Maligne river, into the deep canyon that cuts it's way through the rock.
|Maligne Canyon, First Bridge, Upper Falls|
|The Maligne River cuts through the upper canyon towards the falls.|