Athabasca Falls
Athabasca Falls
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A spectacular waterfall in Jasper National Park.
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  • Dareka
    Ottawa, Canada2 contributions
    Amazing views
    Gorgeous views. Nice trails around the falls. It was really cool to see the erosion of the stone over time. Definitely worth the drive. Great stop if you’re driving from Banff to Jasper.
    Visited August 2022
    Travelled with friends
    Written March 30, 2023
  • blair12432
    Jacksonville, Florida545 contributions
    A sight to see
    First time visit to see the fall. Not too far from the main road. Plenty of parking and a short nice walk to the fall. A site to see just like the other falls in the area. Definitely a must to see when in the area.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written May 20, 2023
  • cindy2810
    Lloydminster, Canada140 contributions
    Absolutely beautiful!
    Beautiful place to go and is great for people that want to hike but not over exert themselves. There’s a beautiful spot where you can see where people make inukshuks along the River bank. My husband, son and our cousin made one in honor of our grandmother, grandfather and our 2 uncles, as well as my grandfather. They all loved these falls.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written May 31, 2023
  • MikeB1952
    Santa Fe, New Mexico1,082 contributions
    Do They Turn It Off At Night?!
    As part of our Jasper to Banff shuttle, the bus stopped at Athabasca Falls. They are wonderful. Not just one falls. But a whole series cascading through a winding canyon from the lake. And the water just keeps coming. There are a number of observation points to see the different complexion of the falls. They are really neat.
    Visited May 2023
    Written June 8, 2023
  • MPP2703
    Caythorpe, United Kingdom1,767 contributions
    Wow, add to your Jasper/Icefields parkway list.
    Now I know I visited at a quieter time than the really busy seasons, but miss this at your peril. It is absolutely stunningly beautiful. The best falls I saw in my Canadian tour. There are so many viewpoints and even though it was not the busy silly season, there were still some people hogging the best viewpoints, but a bit of patience and Jedi mind tricks and you get your chance. The trails are easy to follow, yes some steps, but just brilliant. A MUST do.
    Visited June 2023
    Written June 19, 2023
  • Suzy S
    3 contributions
    Stunning views
    Breathtaking views and the noise of the waterfall was amazing . The sad thing is reading about a couple of young men who made the wrong call and lost their lives there . I also witnessed a middle age couple climbing over the barrier to get on the rocks, absolute idiots ! How they didn’t loose their footing i will never know. Stay safe if you visit , don’t climb over barriers for a photo op , not worth the risks !
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written June 28, 2023
  • Journey4two
    191 contributions
    Very enjoyable visit
    We definitely enjoyed the visit. Observing the power and roar of the fall was impressive and fun. It's not an overly big fall, but it was one of the better stops along the highway from Lake Louise to Jasper. The walk around the loop was relatively easy and the scenery was very nice. Definitely a must do!
    Visited June 2023
    Written June 28, 2023
  • CESAR AYLLON
    Swift Current, Canada207 contributions
    Strength of Nature
    Nice stopping spot for watching the powerful Athabasca river waters falling, amazing Nature! Lots of people stop there, park and walk around, it's on hwy 93A, and of course not far fomrom Sunwapta Falls, a bigger one and worthy to visit too if you're in the area. There's parking, washrooms, handicap accessibility, wild animals could be around to watch too. Many tourists visit this beautiful site south from Jasper town.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written July 7, 2023
  • cypins
    Louisiana273 contributions
    Wonderful Falls, a Little Crowded!
    Wonderful falls with easy access and close to the highway. This is the only negative as since it is close to the highway there are throngs of people viewing the falls. The falls are beautiful and a feast for the eyes, we definitely recommend stopping here just be aware you will not be the only one with the same idea!
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written July 11, 2023
  • TennisStar602
    New Jersey616 contributions
    This was an exhilarating waterfall.
    I really enjoyed to watch this waterfall with scenic snowy mountains in the background. This waterfall was not too far away from the border with Banff National Park. It was a challenge to get parking as the parking lot filled up very quickly. There were many paths for individuals to walk.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written July 12, 2023
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Marietta, GA835 contributions
Sept 2023 • Couples
I hesitated giving these falls five stars because of the crowd situation. However, these falls are a must see on a trip to the Icefields Parkway. There are paved paths around the falls. Do not miss the section of the trail that takes you through a former channel of the falls down to the river.
Written February 2, 2024
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Kresten
Hinton, Canada83 contributions
Jun 2023 • Friends
Living in Hinton we go yearly, always great . Watch out for the exspensive stores and restaurants, nice stuff and good food but bring your wallet or a picnic basket.
Written December 9, 2023
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BruinDan
Fullerton, CA2,883 contributions
Oct 2023 • Couples
Located in Jasper National Park just south of the town of Jasper, Athabasca Falls is a popular stop for those taking the scenic drive along the famed Icefields Parkway between Jasper and Banff National Parks. My wife and I visited here during mid-October 2023.

You’ll realize how popular the falls are as soon as you drive into the parking lot and see how large the lot is, with rest rooms and space to accommodate buses. The trail to the falls is short, flat and paved. It wasn’t very crowded when we visited, but we noticed that most visitors were practically racing to get to the viewing platform. I’d recommend resisting the temptation to rush and take in the sights, as there are some nice views of the Athabasca River as it flows toward the falls.

The falls themselves are impressive for the strength of the water flow – they really do roar. The main viewing area in front of the falls is fairly small, so you may need some patience in order to get the photo you want.

Visiting Athabasca Falls may not be a life-changing experience, but is pleasant and easy way to stretch your legs and take in some of the unique beauty the Canadian Rockies have to offer.
Written November 17, 2023
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SeniorTravelerTF
Fort Atkinson1,199 contributions
Sept 2023 • Couples
On the icefields parkway, just a short walk from the parking lot to the falls. There are interpretive signs to add information. Very good view of the falls, and opposite the falls a trail that leads to a lake. Easy to see (parking aside) - and worth seeing.
Written November 13, 2023
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Jobylake
Ottery St. Mary, UK937 contributions
Jul 2023 • Couples
We called here en route from Lake Louise to Jasper on a Saturday in early July. The car park was full so it was one in one out. Patience is required if travelling at peak times of the day or year or at weekends as it gets extremely busy. However, It is worth the short detour off the highway.

Given that the melt had not long taken place, the waterfall was large and fast flowing and provided some great pictures.

The pathways around the area can vary from flat to uneven and the stairs are narrow in places to the point that you have to wait for others to come up (or down).

Overall, even though we had visited the falls in late May back in 2016, it was definitely worth the second visit.
Written November 10, 2023
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The Travelling Vegan
London, UK46 contributions
Oct 2023 • Couples
Lots to see here with gushing water, deep crevices and canyon in wooded area. Easy to walk around, lots of great view points, really worth a visit.
Written October 5, 2023
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Kevin L
Tiny, Canada244 contributions
Sept 2023 • Family
This is a must stop on way to or from Jasper on Icefields parkway. parking is right beside falls. Lots of view and trails a short walk away. Take the time to go down near the lake for some great views of the rocks and
Written September 30, 2023
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Sabes
Pittsburgh, PA28 contributions
Sept 2023 • Couples
Rain couldn't damper the beauty and magnificence of these Falls. You can view the Falls just a short distance from the parking lot or you can venture further around to the left (with the Falls on your left) for even more amazing views. It is actually a double cascade side by side that you cannot see at the first viewpoint. And don't forget to turn around to look over the bridge on the other side to see the beautiful canyon below. You can then walk down along side of the canyon, a bit of a short incline, and a bit slippery in the rain, but still beautiful views of the river through the canyon and then spilling out into a beautiful, wide riverbed.
Written September 28, 2023
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kelly053
Valparaiso, FL235 contributions
Sept 2023
We stopped by these falls as an afterthought, and so glad we did. It was a beautiful short drive on hwy 93A, after visiting Edith Cavell glacier. If you go to Athabasca Falls, be sure to walk all the walkways and take a look at the descriptive signs. There's quite a bit more to it than just the main falls, though they were spectacular. We spent about 45 minutes here and really enjoyed it. Note that the walks involve stairs, so not accessible to all. Plenty of parking.
Written September 18, 2023
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platypus150
Melbourne, Australia27,707 contributions
Sept 2023 • Solo
The falls only had a low flow while I was there, but still it was impressive. There are multiple viewing points and you can go further downstream to ge more impressive views.
Written September 18, 2023
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