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Icy Quiet

Photo by Hugh Lecky

Since ice walks through Maligne Canyon are popular, Jasper Adventure Center guide Murray Morgan suggests that the most serene time to admire the towering walls of limestone and ice is at night when few visit. “The moonlit canyon is surreal, and sounds carry better in the night—if you listen closely you can hear water dripping behind the ice,” says Murray. Tour participants each have headlamps and guides use 2-million candlepower lanterns. But at the Cathedral everyone turns off their light and gazes upwards at millions of stars. Highlight of the trip, day or night, is the 20 m (65 ft) high Queen of Maligne comprised of many layers of giant icicles. — Mark Horejsi

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