Explore Athabasca Falls

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Distance

0.6 miles

Route Type

Out-and-Back

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.

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Touristy

Not my kind of hike - beautiful to drive by

Beautiful!

This was an amazing view. A must see for any visitors of Alberta, Can

ūü•ą Contributor

over 3 years ago

Simple hike with extremely beautiful reward!

This area is breathtaking! Make sure to hike past the falls over to the canyon across the way and down to the bright blue lake at the bottom. We went early in the morning and there weren't any crowds.

ūü•ą Contributor

over 3 years ago

Easy Icefields Parkway stop

A super easy detour if you're making the trek from Jasper to Banff. If you're there before 9, you'll beat the tours. We went around sunset (In mid-June), and had the place to ourselves.

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ūü•áTop Contributor

about 4 years ago

Extremely Beautiful

We visited the falls in the winter and it was still very busy. It's worth seeing and it's a very short trail from the parking lot. Everything is sectioned off so it comes across as very touristy, but nevertheless it is extremely beautiful to see firsthand

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We want to acknowledge and thank the past, present, and future generations of all Native Nations and Indigenous Peoples whose ancestral lands we travel, explore, and play on.

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