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10 breathtaking waterfalls to check out in Alberta (PHOTOS)

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Sahil Morar Jun 11, 2019 3:13 pm 8,868

Summer is meant for sunshine, golden hour photos, and, of course, making some sweet, sweet memories.

We’ve put together a list of some of the most breath-taking, memory-making waterfalls in this beautiful province to add to that must-do-this-summer bucket list.

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

Crescent Falls

 

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Nestled in the Bighorn River just outside of west-central Alberta, Crescent Falls is actually two very powerful falls flowing one into the other. The twin falls are a perfect road trip/ camping spot as the falls sit just off of the David Thompson Highway.

With so many nearby attractions, Crescent Falls is the perfect location for a weekend getaway.

Muskeg Falls

 

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Muskeg Falls is one of the most famous waterfalls in the Grand Cache Area. Located about four hours away from Edmonton, Muskeg Falls will transport you to a dream. This fall waits at the end of a short 1.6 km hike, but be careful, as the footing can be steep and tricky.

Elbow Falls

 

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Elbow Falls is what we consider the PREMIER destination for those “Golden Hour” pictures. During the early dusk, the sun hits the surrounding rocks and illuminates the area. Elbow Falls is also an amazing place to go bird-watching, spot rare wildlife, relax in the sun, and so much more. This trip truly makes for the perfect summer getaway, as it’s only one hour away from Calgary!

Athabasca Falls

 

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Athabasca Falls is arguably one of the most famous waterfalls in all of Alberta. The stunning, shimmering waters make this spot possibly one of the most breathtaking in all of the Icefields Parkway. Each of the area’s short hikes offer unprecedented views of the falls and surrounding horizons.

Sunwapta Falls

 

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Another marvel tucked deep away in Jasper National Forest, Sunwapta Falls is the perfect spot to get away from the hustle and bustle of city life. Directly in the centre of the lake that fuels the falls is a tiny island made of trees. The waterfalls flow into a lower pool which feeds into three smaller ones called the “Lower Falls.”

Bow Falls

 

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Movie buffs should be well-acquainted with this waterfall. Bow Falls has been used in the background of many classics, including “River of No Return” with Marilyn Monroe and Robert Mitchum as well as “Saskatchewan” with Olive Borden. The hikes to the waterfalls can be steep, so just make sure you don’t suffer the same fate as those characters.

Ram River Falls

 

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With plenty of informal trails, hikes, bikes and more, Ram River Falls makes the perfect day trip — though it is roughly a 3.5-hour drive to get there, so you might even want to plan an overnight stay at the Ram Falls Provincial Park campground.

Siffleur Falls

 

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Siffleur Falls is globally-famous for it’s wonderful and extremely scenic hikes. Lace up your hiking boots, and grab some friends for some great trails along the hike. If you’re not feeling a 9.7 km hike, bring out your inner cowboy and book a horse-riding experience to get the most out of your visit.

Cameron Falls

 

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I know TLC said not to chase waterfalls, but you’re going to want to reconsider when you get a peep at this one. Cameron Falls is just a stone’s throw away from Waterton Village and is well worth the trip.

Just a short hike from the Prince of Wales Hotel, these natural mountain falls are a spectacular must-see.

Sheep River Falls

 

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Tucked away near Turner Valley, this relatively unknown falls is definitely a trip worth taking. While you’re there, experience a real-life example of “it takes a village” as one of Canada’s oldest whiskey distillery’s “Eau Claire Distillery” relies on generations-old family farms in the surrounding area to provide the grain needed for the delicious drink.

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