Takakkaw Falls, Yoho National Park

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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. Plan your visit to Takakkaw Falls and a wealth of other attractions, well-known and undiscovered, using our Yoho National Park route planner .
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  • It was our guide who suggested we came here after visiting several other falls. In a way this is how one expects to see a water fall - from a distance and up high.  more »
  • Recommended by Park officials, we drove to this fall. It was rather late. Although the falls looked really nice, we didn't have time to hike closer. Nice drive, though.  more »
  • We had a 7 m RV: indication before embarking on the climb. 1st lace has already cooled down, so we turned around. Too bad.
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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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Where to stay in Yoho National Park

Despite its isolated location, Yoho National Park offers a handful of luxury accommodations, most along Scenic Route 1. Some of the park's more remote lodges are accessible only by private transport. These isolated retreats--many of which deliberately avoid TV reception or Wi-Fi--typically cost a pretty penny. If you're looking for something a bit more affordable, consider staying in nearby Lake Louise or Banff and head to the park on a day trip.
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