Explore Athabasca Falls

Canada Athabasca Falls

Added by Jonathan Sinclair

Explore one of the most popular and scenic locations in Jasper National Park. If you have the chance to head here in the winter, you can explore it in solitude - the icy blue river and frozen falls are an amazing sight.

Athabasca Falls is not the biggest waterfall in the area but it is one of the most powerful when it's at a full flow and attracts many visitors in the peak visiting months (late spring - early fall). In the winter, however, it's a quiet place to pull off of the Icefields Parkway and explore a bit. It's a very short walk from the parking lot and there are bathrooms, picnic tables, and plenty of vantage points with great views.

Pack List

  • Camera
  • Tripod
  • Warm layers in winter
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Year Round

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0.6 Miles



Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Picnic Area

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3 months ago

A must stop along Icefields Parkway on your way to Jasper!

We had an excellent day of weather in mid-July, we stopped here after we finished our tour at the Columbia Icefield. This waterfall doesn't have a long dramatic drop but there is a lot of water flowing here. Leave a little time to explore around, the staircases down through the canyon are fun and a great place to get some cool shots if you are lucky enough to escape the crowds. A trail leads all the way down to where the water comes out into a large open blue portion of the river. We explored around the water's edge for a while before continuing our trip to Jasper. There are also multiple vantage points for the falls, hopefully you can find one that isn't too crowded especially in summer months.

3 months ago

8 months ago


I love this waterfall in the winter and the summer. If you get the chance you should check it out in both seasons! Well worth it.

8 months ago

Added by Jonathan Sinclair

Landscape photographer from Alberta, Canada.

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