Athabasca Falls Jasper National Park Alberta Canada

Athabasca Falls Jasper National Park

Whenever I get a chance to visit a waterfall, especially in the mountains, I always jump at the opportunity. Spending time around water always makes me happier. Jasper’s Athabasca Falls move a massive amount of water through the canyon. The falls are an incredible sight to see and hear. It’s mesmerizing watching the powerful Athabasca waterfalls. There are a couple of viewing points alongside the falls and you’ll get a bit of a shower from the spray of the waterfall so be prepared.

 

Athabasca Falls Jasper National Park Alberta Canada

 

Athabasca Falls is one of my favorite stops along the scenic Icefields Parkway highway to Jasper – read my guide for all the best places to stop. The waterfall is only about 30 km (18 miles) south of Jasper so it’s a perfect day trip from Jasper. Combine a trip to Athabasca Falls with a beautiful hike at Valley of the Five Lakes featuring amazing turquoise to emerald colored lakes.

 

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Watch this short video so you can see the power of the Athabasca Falls

 

 

Be sure to walk the staircase to get to the canyon side and walk along the Athabasca River for great views of the canyon walls. You can also see the potholes made in the rock from the circular movement of the water combined with sediment and small pebbles over hundreds of years, leaving deep bowls cut in the rock.

 

Stairs to the Athabasca River canyon Jasper

Take the stairs to the other side of the canyon and see the Athabasca River

 

 

Athabasca River flowing through the canyon at Jasper National Park Canada

Another beautiful view of the Athabasca River flowing through the canyon

 

There are whitewater rafting trips on the Athabasca River – from below the falls to the town of Jasper.

 

Athabasca Falls in the Canadian Rockies of Alberta

The scenery at Athabasca Falls is spectacular Canadian Rockies beauty

 

The canyon is made up of a layer of quartzite – a hard rock, and much softer limestone. The Athabasca River is especially beautiful with the canyon as a backdrop.

 

Moss covered canyon walls at Athabasca Falls

Moss covered canyon walls at Athabasca Falls

 

Remember to wear shoes with a good grip on the soles because the mist from the falls could make the walkway slippery. A small waterproof backpack is also a great accessory for any road trip. You never know when the weather is going to turn ugly and you don’t want your phone or camera getting soaked. A big rain poncho could suffice too.

 

Athabasca River and canyon at Jasper National Park

Take the stairs to the canyon side and have a look at the beautiful Athabasca River

 

Athabasca River and canyon wall

Athabasca River and canyon wall

 

Getting to Athabasca Falls from Jasper

  • Drive 30 km south on Hwy AB-93
  • Turn right onto highway AB-93A and the parking is about a half kilometer (1/3 mile) down the road.

 

 

 

View of the canyon and Athabasca River in Jasper National Park Alberta

View of the canyon and Athabasca River in Jasper National Park Alberta

 

Getting to Athabasca Falls from Banff and Lake Louise

  • From Banff take the Trans-Canada Hwy 1 west and drive 57 km (35 miles)
  • From Lake Louise take the Trans-Canada Hwy 1 west and drive 2.5 km (1.5 miles)
  • Turn right onto AB-93 (signs for Jasper and Rocky Mountain House) and continue for 197 km (122 miles) then turn left onto AB-93A and drive 600 meters (1/3 mile) to the parking lot.

 

 

 

Athabasca Falls is a powerful waterfall and popular stop on the Icefields Parkway in Alberta

Athabasca Falls is a powerful waterfall and popular stop on the Icefields Parkway in Alberta

 

Visiting the Athabasca Falls is well worth a stop along the Icefields Parkway or a nice day trip from Jasper.

Read more about Jasper National Park and Banff National Park

 

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  1. What beautiful rock formations! I haven’t had the chance to get up to this part of Canada but I would love to. Such gorgeous waterfalls and nature. :)

    • Vanessa – I hope you get to see the Canadian Rockies and visit Athabasca Falls. Watching the waterfall is mesmerizing, and the sound is amazing too! Cheers, Susan

  2. Lauren says:

    Oh I love the Rockies!! These falls were really impressive! The water is so incredibly powerful! For sure a must stop !

  3. Josy A says:

    Oh my! I visited Athabasca falls in the springtime, but it looked so, so different when the water was frozen. I was still impressive, but it amaaaaazing seeing it with all that water flowing through.

    I was in love with all the waterfalls of the Icefields Parkway!!

    • Josy – I would like to see Athabasca Falls in the winter or springtime, I’ve only been in summer. And yes the water flow is something amazing to see, and hear! Come back to drive the Icefields Parkway again in summer! Cheers, Susan

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