If you’re looking for adventure, take a look no further than the gorgeous province you live in — Alberta is filled to the brim with beautiful places to visit, and Athabasca Falls is at the top of the list.
The canyon is tucked away in Jasper National Park, and its name comes from the Cree word meaning “grass or reeds here and there.”
The crisp, cool blue water that flows through these falls comes straight from the glaciers in the Columbia Icefield.
As beautiful as these falls are — and as much as you may want to snap that picture-perfect memory — make sure that you do not cross over the railings, as the rocks may not look slippery but are covered with a film that could cause you to slip and fall into the water.
For your own safety, please make sure you are prepared before heading out on your next adventure. Information on how to prepare for your trip and stay safe while on your hike is available from Albertaparks.ca and AdventureSmart.
Athabasca Falls is located on Highway 93A west of the Ice Fields Parkway, around 33 km away from the town of Jasper.
From Calgary, you’re going to want to take the Highway 1 westbound to Lake Louise and then hop onto Highway 93. Follow that past the Saskatchewan River Crossing and the falls should eventually be on your left.
Once you get there, there are plenty of hikes around the falls that will provide you with many different angles of the same beautiful oasis. Enjoy finding the various plants growing in the canyon and around the falls. Maybe pack a lunch, pick a rock, and sit down in front of one of the Rockie’s most powerful waterfalls to enjoy that sandwich in style.