Explore Athabasca Falls

Athabasca Falls

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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RT Distance 0.6 Miles
Activities Photography, Hiking
Skill Level Beginner
Season Year Round
Trail Type Out-and-Back
Features
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Picnic Area
Waterfall

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Beautiful!

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

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.

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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