Athabasca Falls are a series of waterfalls located in Jasper National Park along the Athabasca River, approximately 30km south of Jasper , in the province of Alberta, Canada.
It is not so much their height (23 meters) that is impressive, but their power due to the large amount of water that pours into the gorge. Even in autumn, when the river tends to be at its lowest level, large amounts of water still flow. The river ‘tumbles’ over a hard quartzite slab to sink through a layer of crumbly limestone rock, carving the narrow gorge, while creating a number of giant potholes called potholes.
The falls can be safely observed and photographed thanks to several viewing platforms and trails around the falls themselves.
Access : Coordinates: 52.664167, -117.883611 / Athabasca Falls located in the Athabasca River in Jasper National Park in Alberta, Canada near the Icefields Parkway (Highway 93). They are about 30 kilometers south of Jasper.
- Athabasca Falls are a class 5 waterfall, with a drop of 23 meters and a width of 18 meters.
- From the bottom of the falls it is possible to go rafting down the Athabasca River and descend to Jasper.
- The waterfall is easily accessible from the Icefields Parkway (Highway 93), between the towns of Banff and Jasper.
Go next : Jasper , in western Alberta within the Canadian Rockies / The town of Banff, in Alberta’s Rockies along the Trans-Canada Highway.