Maligne Canyon, Alberta – Shelf Ice
n March of 2000 I took a walking tour of Maligne Canyon. One of the most spectacular spots I found on this winter wonderland tour was this piece of “shelf ice”.
For safety reasons, tour guides will check and break through the ice on a river so that they know that it is safe to walk on. There are sometimes different levels of ice and the ice that I was walking on was a good two feet lower than this piece of shelf ice! The snow on the right hand side shows yet another couple layers of the frozen riverbed.
~ Lori-Ann Muenzer