Athabasca Falls, Jasper National Park

Must see · Waterfall · Nature / Park
Feel the power of nature at Athabasca Falls, a ferocious combination of sound and water with a picturesque mountain for its backdrop. An emblem of one of Canada's major national parks, the cascade is less known for its height than its force. Just 23 m (75 ft) high, the falls produce a heavy flow that cuts deeply into the surrounding limestone rocks, carving out deep channels and potholes. A series of interpretative signs explain their significance to the local ecosystems. Prepare for the short but rugged hike by wearing shoes suitable for slippery terrain. Use our Jasper National Park holiday maker to visit Athabasca Falls on your trip to Jasper National Park, and learn what else travelers and our writers recommend seeing nearby.
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  • Always beautiful to see! Can get busy but worth it. So powerful. Seen a big black bear there too. Must see in every season!  more »
  • Huge volume of water was rushing over the falls when we went in early July. the shear volume of water was astounding , producing a beautiful rainbow at the base of the falls.  more »
  • Spectacular!! The water is so high, it was really raging…Love these falls & always stop when we go to Jasper! Walking down to the River under the bridge is awesome  more »
  • Athabasca Falls is one of a must-see sights on the Icefields Parkway in Jasper National Park. It is easily accessible from the parking lot along Hwy 93A. We visited in August 2019 and did not have any problem finding a parking spot. The trail leading to the falls and the bridge over the falls make it very easy to enjoy this spectacular natural wonder.
  • Top attraction when going to Jasper. Majestic falls, stunning mountains. Worth visiting in the winter and the summer. Can get very busy with tourists and your buses, but there are lots of places you can wander to escape from the crowds. Parking can get a little tight, so go there early in the morning or later in the evening to avoided the biggest of the crowds
  • Easy walk to the falls and Canyon. The sheer volume of water, and the speed of the river rushing through the canyon was hard to absorb. Nothing that we saw after that quite compares. Bow River Falls is wider and of course the Horseshoe and Bridal Falls at Niagara Falls are higher.
  • This place is a bit crowded. The falls is amazing. Love the rock formations. Well maintained place. No entrance fee at all You cam enjoy the views and walk around the trails. Highly recommended.
  • Definitely worth checking out. It’s very close to the highway, so it’s only a short detour. They have lots of parking and bathrooms.

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