Mistaya Canyon is a canyon in the western part of the Alberta province of Canada. It is formed by the Mistaya River. Tourists who are visiting Banff National Park often visit it because of its distinctive curvy canyon walls and because it is easy to access, being just off the Icefields Parkway. The 0.5 km trail to the canyon is located at a large parking area on the west side of the Parkway, part way up the long hill south of the North Saskatchewan River. There are actually two such parking areas on the hill; the Mistaya one is clearly marked by signs on the highway and at the beginning of the trail. The trail is an easy walk in summer but too steep for wheelchairs. The canyon is deep and there are no railings. The trail is icy in early spring.
We were just here yesterday after a long crowded very commercial day at the glacier. We were all tired and didn't want to stop but I'm so glad that we did! It's 300 hike to such a beautiful uncrowned and free place. Nature is amazing.
Such a beautiful place. I was so surprised this place wasn't packed. The way the water forms the canyon in soft curves is incredible.
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