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Mistaya Canyon

Location: Banff National Park, Icefields Parkway, south of Saskatchewan River Crossing, AB, Canada, UTM: 11U 519191 E / 5754734 N

Vital Statistics: Elevation: 1450 Metres (4,756 Feet)  

Formation Mechanism: Not Input

Topographic Map: 82n15 Mistaya Lake

Description: Located only a few km. south of Saskatchewan River Crossing, on Highway 93 North, the Mistaya River originates as meltwater flowing out of Peyto Lake. As the water drops from Bow Summit, it is squeezed into the narrow Mistaya Canyon. This intricately carved canyon can be reached by a short walk along a hiking trail. Watch for potholes carved by the stream dropping over a lip and swirling around as it enters the water beneath the drop. Downstream, the Mistaya River flows into the wide North Saskatchewan River.

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