Athabasca Falls, Jasper

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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  • It seems like just a quick roadside stop, but turns out to be far more interesting with varied views of the falls, the river and the surroundings.  more »
  • Was driving on the Icefield Parkway and this was our first stop. Powerful waterfall and great scenery but spoilt by the amount of buses full of tourist there. You still need to stop of to see them.  more »
  • Coming from a very dry state in Australia without any mountains it is always good to visit these type of sitesit makes you realize how good this world is  more »
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  • Athabasca Falls is a waterfall in Jasper National Park on the upper Athabasca River, approximately 30 kilometres south of the townsite of Jasper, Alberta, Canada, and just west of the Icefields Parkway. A powerful, picturesque waterfall, Athabasca Falls is not known so much for the height of the falls (23 metres), as it is known for its force due to the large quantity of water falling into the gorge. Even on a cold morning in the fall, when river levels tend to be at their lowest, copious amounts of water flow over the falls. The river 'falls' over a layer of hard quartzite and through the softer limestone below carving the short gorge and a number of potholes. The falls can be safely viewed and photographed from various viewing platforms and walking trails around the falls. Access is from the nearby parking lot, which leads off Highway 93A just northeast of the falls. Highway 93A takes off from the nearby Icefields Parkway, and crosses the falls on the way north to the town of Jasper. White water rafting often starts below the falls to travel downstream on the Athabasca River to Jasper. It is a Class 5 waterfall, with a drop of 80 ft (24 m) and a width of 60 ft (18 m).
  • Great stop we had on our way from Alberta to BC. It's surely worth a stop, would like to revisit few years later to see stones wearing out and changing water flow over years. Amazing creation of the Creator of the Universe.
  • Right off the Ice filed Hwy heading toward Jasper, a few minutes moderate hike to the fall itself. Specular views and the sound of the water hitting of the rocks makes it that much visiting. You really get to feel the power of the water flow. Camera is a must, wonderful spots for pix. Numerous platforms to view the fall from different angles, not too busy with tourists and a must visit if travelling along the ice field parkway.
  • One of the most massive waterfalls on Icefield Parkway. I would definitely recommend a visit - it's very impressive how much water is passing through. As the name implies, the water is coming from the Athabasca Glacier.
  • Attractive place for fall lovers. Loved it
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