- Address: Icefields Pkwy, Improvement District No. 9, AB T0L 0C0, Canada, Saskatchewan River Crossing
- Phone: +1-4035223833
- Tags: Trail, Family And Kids, Canyon, Nature
The Mistaya Canyon nestled along the western section of Alberta Province is a popular tourist hotspot while visiting the Banff National Park. Formed by the waves of the Mistaya River, the Mistaya Canyon is easily accessible from the Icefields Parkway. The highlighting features of the canyon are its curvy walls. One the western section of the Parkway, a scenic trail leads up to the long hill located by the Saskatchewan River and spans around 0.5 kilometres. The Mistaya One trail is well marked and is mostly explored during summer. If you visit in early Spring, you will get snowfall which makes the canyon without railings quite difficult to cover.
How to Reach Mistaya Canyon
- Cover on foot
Mistaya Canyon Reviews & Ratings
This is a unique stop along Icefields Parkway. It's about half a kilometer hike from the parking lot down to the canyon. The canyon itself is gorgeous. The river's water is white mixed with the light milky blue we've come to expect from this area. The canyon is cut and curved in a unique shape making it very interesting. There's a bridge that goes across the river and the best views are from the rocks on the other side. Make sure to stay on the dry ones because falling in would certainly lead to death. It's a quick stop and one that's well worth it.
After a short walk down to the canyon the views and sound are outstanding. The canyon is reasonably deep and the river rushes through at quite a pace. It is possible to access the river before it drops into the canyon but care must be taken as I don't fancy the chances of survival if you were swept in.
A nice short hike, be warned it’s a downhill to get there, nothing too horrible though. Would be a nice spot to have a picnic/lunch as there are many spots to sit and relax. We stopped here 2nd week of June 2019 so it wasn’t too crowded/busy
Quick, easy hike for a beautiful view of the canyon and rushing river. The hike is downhill on the way there, so be prepared to hike up on the way back. There is not alot of fencing, so you can walk out on to the rocks at the top of the canyon. People seemed a bit reckless taking photos here, especially on a rainy day, so be careful if you go off path! The water is extremely fast moving and the canyon quite deep.
On our way to Jasper, we found this beautiful place as my daughter was searching on the way must-visit attractions. An amazingly mesmerizing place where one can stand for hours and think about nature, The creator of this beautiful world. A must visit place if you are on your way to Jasper from the Calgary.