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