Takakkaw Falls, Yoho National Park

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Waterfall National Park
See one of Canada's highest cataracts at Takakkaw Falls. The Daly Glacier feeds these falls, which careen 254 m (833 ft) down a cliff face and create a stream of mist against the backdrop of craggy rock. The name derives from the Cree language, meaning roughly "it is magnificent." Located in a national park, the area surrounding the waterfalls offers ample hiking and climbing routes through the dramatic landscape of forests, peaks, and glaciers. Use our Yoho National Park trip itinerary builder to arrange your visit to Takakkaw Falls and other attractions in Yoho National Park.
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  • Very lucky to meet by the waterfall Rainbow, very beautiful. This is said to be the highest waterfall in Canada, summer water shock. Some a long way, but must detour to see.
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  • Even given the number of waterfalls we'd already viewed, Takakkaw couldn't fail to impress. Very short walk from the ample parking lot which also had toilets. It was quite a cool day so we only went a...  more »
  • I underestimated the beauty of this waterfall. I thought that the water would be much reduced but it seemed like it was flowing a lot for August. It is not a far drive and is less crowded that Banff a...  more »
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  • Absolutely stunning. Not to be missed. The road to the falls is amazing. Curvy and cliff side and switchbacks up the cliff like ive never seen. Great for motorcycling or just people who love driving. Its great when you turn the final corner and see the falls.. its breathtaking.
  • Beautiful waterfall! Since it is primarily glacial melt water, the water is filled with glacial silt which colors the water a milky green. The fascinating part comes further downstream when that water hits the normally colored river water and the two waters flow side-by-side until eventually mixing. Amazing!
  • If you are near here, definitely stop. This short little 10 minute walk to the base of this waterfall is unreal. The power of this fall, and the mid-way shoot-back-up is mesmerizing. Bring a coat. There is a lot of mist coming off the falls so even a ways away you will feel the chill.
  • We stayed at the Takakkaw camp ground and visited the falls the next day. Stunning! And there's opportunity for days of backcountry hiking around here.
  • Possibly one of the most under-appreciate sites in Canada, Takakkaw falls is a stunning waterfall cutting through the heart of the Burgess shale. If you can set aside a full day, plan for the hike up the mountain to view some of the oldest available fossilized creatures on the planet.

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