Athabasca Falls

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Athabasca Falls which includes landscape views, a waterfall and mountains

Take in the pristine beauty and powerful roar of one of the most photogenic waterfalls in Canada.

Flowing from Columbia Icefield’s huge glaciers, Athabasca Falls pour over quarzite rocks into a small canyon. The reason these falls draw in so many visitors has little to do with their height. At 75 feet (23 meters) tall, there are many bigger waterfalls in the Canadian Rockies. Yet, this sudden drop in the Athabasca River makes such an by impressive noise that people come here for the experience as well as the stunning picture it provides.

To get to Athabasca Falls, follow the paved trails that weave around it. These run closely enough to get the best views, yet at a safe distance away from the falls and river. The mist from the Athabasca Falls causes surrounding rocks to be extremely slippery, and the numerous memorials along the water’s edge serve as poignant reminders to stay behind the railings.

You’ll pass through patches of pine forest and can see the vegetation of the meadows, such as wild mushrooms and berries. Some spots along the trails offer wonderful vantage points to take in the mountainous backdrop of the falls. Don’t miss the photo opportunity on the concrete bridge that crosses the water. From here you can really appreciate the power of the river. Interestingly, the color of the water varies depending on the time of year. It can be anything from icy blue to gray to milky white.

As with most landmarks around Jasper, Athabasca Falls is at its busiest in the summer. Try to arrive early in the morning or early in the evening to avoid the crowds. Some like to make the return journey to Jasper by rafting downstream from the bottom of the falls through Class 2 rapids. Book ahead if you plan to do this.

Athabasca Falls are located in the upper regions of the Athabasca River. The site is about 18 miles (30 kilometers) south of Jasper. It’s easily accessible from the Icefields Parkway.

Top Hotels Close to Athabasca Falls

Chateau Jasper
Chateau Jasper
3 out of 5
96 Geikie Street, Jasper, AB
The price is $103 per night from Jan 23 to Jan 24
Situated in a national park, this eco-friendly hotel is 0.5 mi (0.8 km) from Jasper Activity Centre and within 3 mi (5 km) of Icefields Parkway and Patricia ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (1,191 reviews)
"The rooms are spacious and well appointed. The mini kitchen is useful for breakfast and snack making. The beds are excellent as well."

Reviewed on Jan 18, 2022

Chateau Jasper
Sunwapta Falls Rocky Mountain Lodge
Sunwapta Falls Rocky Mountain Lodge
2 out of 5
Highway 93 - Icefields Parkway, Sunwapta Falls, AB
Situated in a national park, this lodge is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Icefields Parkway and within 25 mi (40 km) of Athabasca Falls and Sunwapta Falls. Athabasca Glacier ...
4/5 Very Good! (513 reviews)
"I was upgraded to the cottage and I wasn't additionally charged. The cottage was very clean. Everybody were professional and nice."

Reviewed on Sep 29, 2021

Sunwapta Falls Rocky Mountain Lodge
Jasper House Bungalows
Jasper House Bungalows
3.5 out of 5
Hwy 93 S, Jasper, AB
Situated in a national park, this chalet is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Icefields Parkway and 3.1 mi (5 km) from Jasper SkyTram. The Whistlers Trailhead and Jasper ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (71 reviews)
"Cabins were as advertised. I really enjoyed that it seems most cabins had windows that werent facing other cabins"

Reviewed on Oct 4, 2021

Jasper House Bungalows
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HI Jasper
HI Jasper
2 out of 5
708 Sleepy Hollow Road, Jasper, AB
The price is $90 per night from Feb 7 to Feb 8
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Sunwapta Falls Rocky Mountain Lodge
Sunwapta Falls Rocky Mountain Lodge
2 out of 5
Highway 93 - Icefields Parkway, Sunwapta Falls, AB
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3.5 out of 5
Hwy 93 S, Jasper, AB
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Chateau Jasper
3 out of 5
96 Geikie Street, Jasper, AB
The price is $103 per night from Jan 23 to Jan 24
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Mount Robson Inn
Mount Robson Inn
2.5 out of 5
902 Connaught Drive, Jasper, AB
The price is $111 per night from Jan 23 to Jan 24
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Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge
Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge
4 out of 5
Old Lodge Road, Jasper, AB
The price is $239 per night from Jan 27 to Jan 28
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Sawridge Inn Jasper
Sawridge Inn Jasper
3.5 out of 5
76 Connaught Dr, Jasper, AB
The price is $99 per night from Jan 25 to Jan 26
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Whistler's Inn
Whistler's Inn
3 out of 5
105 Miette Ave, Jasper, AB
The price is $105 per night from Jan 26 to Jan 27
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Maligne Lodge
Maligne Lodge
2.5 out of 5
912 Connaught Drive, Jasper, AB
The price is $95 per night from Jan 25 to Jan 26
Maligne Lodge
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