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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  • October 2, 2017
    We really liked visiting these falls. The switchbacks on the drive up were also very cool. The drive itself up to the falls was beautiful.  more »
  • October 2, 2017
    The road up to the waterfalls have lots of switchbacks sonplease give the buses room to go up the mountain as they have to back up one part. The road is steep but when you reach the top it's a rewardi...  more »
  • September 29, 2017
    We understand these are the third highest falls in Canada and when you see them you understand why, they are truly magnificent and in beautiful surroundings too. There are a number of viewing points o...  more »
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  • October 16, 2016
    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.
  • October 28, 2016
    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!
  • August 10, 2016
    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.
  • December 13, 2016
    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.
  • November 18, 2016
    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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