The Falls at Big Hill Springs Park

If you’re looking for quaint waterfalls in the midst of prairie foothills, head to Big Hill Springs Provincial Park.  While at the park, the falls you’ll see are small, but adequate for scenery during a small family walk and are perfect for photos.  Walking paths are not marked in the park, but it is easy to find the collection of falls that flow from a brook nearby to the parking lot area.  To see them all, follow the brook upstream along the trail.  If you want a longer outing, keep following the trail until you reach a steeper slope.  This … Continue reading The Falls at Big Hill Springs Park

Ribbon Falls

Ribbon Falls, located in Spray Valley Provincial Park in Kananaskis Country, are nestled in a valley between Mount Kidd and Mount Bogart.  The falls originate from Ribbon Lake, flowing several stages over the lake’s headwall and ending at a 25 meter sheer rock face to ground level.  The falls have several stages not visible from ground level, but are viewable and impressive should you gain a higher vantage point.  Along the trail to the main falls are other smaller falls and shallow river canyons along  Ribbon Creek. The trail to the falls is just over 10 kilometres in length and … Continue reading Ribbon Falls

Cat Creek Falls

Cat Creek Falls are located in the Cat Creek Hills, just north of Highwood, Kananaskis Country. Although small, they can be found along a quaint interpretive trail leading into a steep canyon.  The 3 metre falls have a small pool, deep enough for a dip as well.  However, the falls are popular and easily accessible, leading the small viewing landing to be easily filled up with visitors.    To visit Cat Creek Falls, head to the Highwood area of Kananaskis along highway 40.  When you reach Cat Creek, park at the lot on the west side of the road.  A … Continue reading Cat Creek Falls

Falls at Aster Lake

The Falls at Aster Lake flow through several steps of Foch Creek from the lake proper, through the forest west of Mount Sarrail.  The water is an interesting murky dark grey colour due to silt runoff from the Foch and Malgin glaciers that feed Aster Lake.  Seeing the all the falls will require a bit of bushwacking and climbing around the river, but the extra effort is well worth it. To get to Aster Lake falls, you’ll need either lots of energy for a day trip or visit them while staying at the Aster Lake backcountry campground.  The falls are … Continue reading Falls at Aster Lake

Crescent Falls

Located in the David Thompson area, Crescent Falls are a sight to behold.  We have yet to visit the falls in the summer — but in the winter — the roar of the falls is unmistakable underneath the ice and snow that blanket the Bighorn River.  As with many falls in the David Thompson, Crescent Falls are off the beaten path (highway), but easily accessible by car or by hiking a short distance. Crescent Falls are located 22 kilometres from Nordegg and boast their own campground area.  You’ll have to travel about 6 kilometres along an unpaved road to reach … Continue reading Crescent Falls

Panther Falls

Panther Falls are a hidden treasure in  Banff National Park, near the Icefields Centre at the Northwest end of the park.  The falls flow along the Nigel River and skirt beneath highway 93.  To get a good view of the falls, you’ll certainly get wet from the powerful spray, but it’s well worth it. Seeing these falls will take only a bit of work.  First park at the Bridal Veil Falls viewpoint, at about 12km south of the Icefields Centre.  A wooden sign pointing at Bridal Veil falls is apparent on the side of the road.  From there, look for … Continue reading Panther Falls

Bridal Veil Falls

Bridal Veil Falls are a roadside attraction while traveling along the northern section of the Icefields Parkway in  Banff National Park.   If heading to the Icefields Centre or the Columbia icefield, check out these falls along the way, located 12 kms south of the Icefields.  The falls descend for quite a distance, and the normally visible area form the road is actually halfway down the falls!  For an alternative view, see the North Saskatchewan lookoff.  These falls share names with another Bridal Veil Falls, located near Lake Agnes and another in the area of Hope, BC. Also, you can descend … Continue reading Bridal Veil Falls

Sunwapta Falls

Like Athabasca falls, Sunwapta falls are located just off the Icefields Parkway in Jasper National Park.  Visiting the falls, you have two options.  First, you can visit the upper falls located near the parking lot and the turnoff from Hwy 93.  Or, you can venture 2kms down a wooded trail to the lower falls, which are a less-visited attraction.  The falls flow from the Sunwapta River, a few kms south before the river joins with the large and powerful Athabasca River.  A rest and picnic spot is also available for travelers. To visit the falls, head north from Lake Louise … Continue reading Sunwapta Falls

Athabasca Falls

Athabasca Falls are a powerful sight.  Located along the Icefields Parkway, the falls boast twenty-three metres of powerful flowage from the Athabasca River.  Athabasca falls is a short walk from a roadside turnoff, allowing for an interesting leg-stretcher of a walk. Flowing from the Athabasca glacier, the river is gradually cutting into it’s surroundings at the falls, which will eventually collapse over time.  The high quantity of glacier silt is also a typical culprit.  To get to the falls, go south from Jasper about 30kms.  At the Junction of Hwy 93A, follow the signage to the falls parking lot.  If … Continue reading Athabasca Falls

Tangle Creek Falls

Another one of  Jasper National Park’s roadside attractions, Tangle Creek falls  flows unmistakeably on the side of Highway 93, the Ice Fields Parkway.  The falls are three to four levels and flow westward into the Sunwapta River.  No hiking is necessary, just park and view. To get to the falls from the south, head just past the Icefields Centre on Hwy 93.  Watch for Tangle Creek on the east side of the road while descending a large mountain to the Kitchener Mountain Area.  Tangle Creek falls lie 96 kms from Jasper and 134 kms from the Transcanada in Banff National … Continue reading Tangle Creek Falls

Bow Falls

If visiting the Banff on a touristy trip, be sure to visit Bow Falls, just a short drive from the Banff  townsite.  Bow Falls are a regular attraction for visitors, due to its close proximity to the town and amenities.  The falls are quite beautiful, flowing just Southeast of the townsite and with a backdrop of trees and mountains.  The falls aren’t incredibly high, but will provide some great photos.  Parking is literally a step away from the lookoff, so getting to see them shouldn’t be a problem.  The Banff Springs Hotel is also just a hop and skip away. … Continue reading Bow Falls

Upper and Lower Canmore Falls

    Upper and Lower Canmore Falls may very well be Canmore’s little secret.  These falls lie hidden within a small canyon between the town and the mountains (specifically Hai Ling and Grassi Peak) and provide a great opportunity for a short walk around flowing water.  The falls are sprung from the Canmore Creek as it flows under the Spray Lakes Road toward the Bow River.  If venturing near the town of Canmore, visiting these falls is certainly worth it.      The upper falls are approximately 40-50 m in height, leading to a small pool at the foot of … Continue reading Upper and Lower Canmore Falls