Awesome Alberta: Panther Falls is Banff's best secret treasure (PHOTOS)

Sep 12 2019, 10:00 am

Banff is an endless treasure box of scenic sights, and Panther Falls is a testament to how Alberta’s wilderness continues to excite our senses as long as we’re willing to explore every crack and crevice of its majestic landscape.

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The roaring crystalline falls drops 218 feet in an exquisitely explosive display of aqua power, and is located along the famous Columbia Icefields Parkway in Banff National Park.

The 1.6 km trail leading up to the waterfalls is extremely dangerous and requires the courage of a panther to carefully scramble up to the top.

The majority of visitors checking out the Icefields Parkway are completely unaware of Panther Falls, and only stumble upon this hidden gem by accident when stopping at the nearby lookout for Bridal Veil Falls.

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?

Panther Falls is Bridal Veil Falls’ mysterious neighbour, both of which being located in Banff National Park, around 128 kilometres west from the city of Calgary.

 

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How do you get there?

Panther Falls can be found along the Icefields Parkway in Banff National Park, and shares the same parking lot as Bridal Veil Falls along Highway 93.

You can hear the rumbling roar of Panther Falls from the north side of the parking lot, even though the trail begins from the south end of the lot parallel to the Bridal Veil Falls trail.

At the trail junction, take the trail straight ahead, and walk a short distance through a forested area until you come to a cliffside viewpoint where you can see the majestic Panther Falls. The total distance, in and out, is approximately half a kilometre.

 

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What’s there?

The breathtaking falls are an end goal in themselves, and also lead up to a small alcove behind the falls where you can channel your inner photographer. You can also just sit down and take in its mesmerizing beauty.

For those of you ice climbing aficionados out there, in wintertime, the falls also double as a popular ice climbing destination.

 

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