Awesome Alberta: Bask in the natural beauty of Athabasca Falls

Jul 8 2020, 3:00 pm

COVID-19 still presents a very real and dangerous threat to public health. While much of Alberta’s outdoors have been reopened to visitors, it is recommended to plan ahead, check local restrictions and current public health measures, and avoid any areas that may be too crowded. 

If you’re looking for adventure, 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.”

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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. Parks Canada visitor guidelines are available here. Always remember to leave no trace, pack out what you pack in, stick to designated trails, and refrain from feeding wildlife — and please note that irresponsibly taken selfies (even if they look great for the ‘gram) can be fatal

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Where is it?

Athabasca Falls is located on Highway 93A west of the Ice Fields Parkway, around 33 km away from the town of Jasper.

 

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How do you get there?

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. It’ll take about four and a half hours.

Those travelling from Edmonton will be able to get there in four hours and 17 minutes by heading west on Highway 16 and then south from Jasper.

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What’s there?

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 Rockies most powerful waterfalls to enjoy that sandwich in style.

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