Athabasca Falls

Athabasca Falls
Inside of Jasper National Park in Alberta, Canada, lies a beautiful work of nature set off by the Rocky Mountains. Athabasca Falls is not o­ne of the highest waterfalls, but is rather known for the shear amount and force of the water that flows through it from the Columbia Glacier. The force of this water is so high that potholes are regularly created from the huge amounts of quickly moving sand and debris brought through by the falls.

The waterfall reaches around 24 meters high and 18 meters wide and is classified as a class 5 waterfall. The Athabasca Falls are set in a breathtaking area, and in the park you can find parking, paved paths, and picnic areas to sit and enjoy the awe-inspiring scenery. If you are looking for more activity than the short walk to the falls, during the summer months you can find whitewater rafting that brings you down the Athabasca River and o­n into Jasper, Alberta. During the winter, a cross country ski area is open nearby.

No matter your plan for visiting the falls, be sure to wear appropriate clothing, as the volume and velocity of the water will surely spray anyone who approaches. The waterfall is o­ne of the most popular attractions in the Canadian Rockies, so you will likely run into many other visitors while there. There are walkways and steps leading into various gulleys around the waterfall. Don't forget to check out the view of the Athabasca Falls, the Jasper National Park, and the Rocky Mountains from the side away from the parking lot, as the spectacular views are well worth the short walk.