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Athabasca Falls
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Athabasca Falls showing landscape views, mountains and a cascade

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.

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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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The price is CA $159 per night from May 24 to May 24
Situated in a national park, this lodge is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Icefields Parkway and within 25 mi (40 km) of Sunwapta Falls and Athabasca Falls. Athabasca Glacier ...
3.9/5Very Good! (479 reviews)
"In the mountains. The cabins were wonderful. Falls are close by."

Reviewed on Oct. 16, 2020

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Jasper House Bungalows
Jasper House Bungalows
Hwy 93 S, Jasper, AB T0E 1E0, Canada, Jasper, AB
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Situated in a national park, this hotel is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Icefields Parkway and 3.1 mi (5 km) from Jasper SkyTram. The Whistlers Trailhead and Jasper Artists ...
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Mount Robson Inn
Mount Robson Inn
2.5 out of 5
902 Connaught Drive, Jasper, AB
The price is CA $179 per night from May 16 to May 16
Situated in a national park, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Jasper Artists Guild and Icefields Parkway. Jasper Municipal Library and Jasper Information ...
4.2/5Excellent! (1,246 reviews)
"The Hot Tub was great by appointment, the breakfast was good. The only thing that I didn't like was there was no coffee with the breakfast with real creamer, only the powder and coffee in the room"

Reviewed on May 11, 2021

Mount Robson Inn
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Best Lodging Options Near Athabasca Falls

Sunwapta Falls Rocky Mountain Lodge
Sunwapta Falls Rocky Mountain Lodge
2 out of 5
Highway 93 - Icefields Parkway, Sunwapta Falls, AB
The price is CA $159 per night from May 24 to May 24
Sunwapta Falls Rocky Mountain Lodge
Jasper House Bungalows
Jasper House Bungalows
Hwy 93 S, Jasper, AB T0E 1E0, Canada, Jasper, AB
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Mount Robson Inn
Mount Robson Inn
2.5 out of 5
902 Connaught Drive, Jasper, AB
The price is CA $179 per night from May 16 to May 16
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Whistler's Inn
Whistler's Inn
3 out of 5
105 Miette Ave, Jasper, AB
The price is CA $129 per night from May 16 to May 16
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Chateau Jasper
Chateau Jasper
3 out of 5
96 Geikie Street, Jasper, AB
The price is CA $149 per night from May 16 to May 16
Chateau Jasper
Maligne Lodge
Maligne Lodge
2.5 out of 5
912 Connaught Drive, Jasper, AB
The price is CA $115 per night from May 16 to May 16
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Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge
Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge
4 out of 5
Old Lodge Road, Jasper, AB
The price is CA $309 per night from May 17 to May 17
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Sawridge Inn Jasper
Sawridge Inn Jasper
3.5 out of 5
76 Connaught Dr, Jasper, AB
The price is CA $159 per night from May 16 to May 16
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HI Jasper
HI Jasper
2 out of 5
708 Sleepy Hollow Road, Jasper, AB
The price is CA $75 per night from May 16 to May 16
HI Jasper
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