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Waterfalls in the Canadian Rockies

British Columbia and Alberta


Kinuseo Falls

Estimated height: 197 feet / 60 meters

A magnificent thundering cataract on the Murray River. There is a viewing platform that juts out to the very brink of the falls.

Official site: Kinuseo Falls (World Waterfall Database)

Wikipedia article: Kinuseo Falls

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At the brink of Kinuseo Falls in Monkman Provincial Park

Monkman Provincial Park, British Columbia, Canada

August 19, 2010
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Emperor Falls

Estimated height: 150 feet / 45 meters

Emperor Falls is just one of three amazing waterfalls along the Berg lake Trail. The Robson River loops around Mount Robson, the highest peak in the Canadian Rockies. The first two falls, White Falls and Falls of the Pool, are hard to see, ensconced deep in a gorge with a dangerously shelving lip, but Emperor Falls is right alongside the trail.

Official site: Emperor Falls (World Waterfall Database)

Wikipedia article: Emperor Falls

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In the spray just below Emperor Falls

Mount Robson Provincial Park, British Columbia, Canada

July 17, 2003
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Panther Falls

Total height: 218 feet / 66 meters

Official site: Panther Falls (World Waterfall Database)

Wikipedia article: Panther Falls


Nigel Falls

Total height: 109 feet / 33 meters

Official site: Nigel Falls (World Waterfall Database)


Athabasca Falls

Estimated height: 80 feet / 24 meters

A beautiful cataract where the smoothly flowing jade green Athabasca River suddenly plunges down out of sight into a gorge. This is one of the busiest tourist stops on the Icefields Parkway in Jasper National Park, developed with paved paths, bridges and viewpoints.

Official site: Athabasca Falls (World Waterfall Database)

Wikipedia article: Athabasca Falls

 thumbnail - Athabasca Falls on a sunny day

Jasper National Park, Alberta, Canada

July 18, 2003
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Sunwapta Falls

Estimated height: 55 feet / 17 meters

Another cataract in a gorge, not too far from Athabasca Falls, and usually not so many busloads of tourists.

Official site: Sunwapta Falls (World Waterfall Database)

Wikipedia article: Sunwapta Falls

 thumbnail - A sunny day at Sunwapta Falls

Jasper National Park, Alberta, Canada

July 18, 2003
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Bridal Veil Falls on the Icefields Parkway

Total height: 281 feet / 86 meters

A beautiful waterfall, but usually viewed in the distance, from the Icefields Parkway.

Official site: Bridal Veil Falls (World Waterfall Database)

Wikipedia article: Bridal Veil Falls (Banff)


The Weeping Wall

Estimated height: 1,300 feet / 396 meters

Early in the summer, when the snow is melting, this half mile long cliff is adorned with innumerable small cascades, and in winter it is covered with ice.

Official site: Weeping Wall (World Waterfall Database)


Lower Johnston Canyon Falls

Estimated height: 30 feet / 9 meters

One of two interesting waterfalls on a short trail with sections of catwalk suspended over the rushing waters. It is best viewed from a partly man-made cave down in the canyon, right in front of the falls.

Official site: Lower Johnston Canyon Falls (World Waterfall Database)

Wikipedia article: Johnston Creek (Alberta)

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Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada

July 23, 2003
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Upper Johnston Canyon Falls

Estimated height: 100 feet / 30 meters

Though larger, the upper falls is tucked back in a vertical slot and doesn't have the drama of the lower falls. A large travertine cone adorns the canyon wall opposite the end of the catwalk.

Official site: Upper Johnston Canyon Falls (World Waterfall Database)

Wikipedia article: Johnston Creek (Alberta)

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Upper Johnston Falls, with the canyon walls sheathed in travertine, Banff National Park

Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada

July 23, 2003
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Bow Falls

Total height: 30 feet / 9 meters

This is a gentle falls on the smoothly flowing Bow River, in a magnificent location near the Banff Springs Hotel.

Official site: Bow Falls (World Waterfall Database)

Wikipedia article: Bow Falls

 thumbnail - Bow Falls on the Bow River in Banff

Banff, Alberta, Canada

August 6, 2005
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Wapta Falls

Total height: 58 feet / 18 meters

On my first trip to British Columbia, many years ago, I hiked to Wapta Falls in a deluge of rain. It was May (too early for decent weather in this area) and the falls was thundering with peak flow. The spray from the falls whirled up and mingled with the sheets of rain coming down.

Official site: Wapta Falls (World Waterfall Database)

Wikipedia article: Wapta Falls


Takakkaw Falls

Total height: 992 feet / 302 meters, tallest single drop 853 feet / 260 meters

One of the world's great waterfalls - high and dramatic. Its name is the Cree Indian word for "awesome", which it truly is.

Official site: Takakkaw Falls (World Waterfall Database)

Wikipedia article: Takakkaw Falls Falls

 thumbnail - Next to the stream below Takkakaw Falls

Next to the stream below Takkakaw Falls

Yoho National Park, British Columbia, Canada

July 23, 2003
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Crescent Falls

Official site: Crescent Falls (World Waterfall Database)

Wikipedia article: Crescent Falls


Crypt Falls at Waterton Lakes

Estimated height: 574 feet / 175 meters

Official site: Crypt Falls (World Waterfall Database)

Wikipedia article: Crypt Falls


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