Athabasca Falls

Coordinates: 52°39′51″N 117°53′01″W / 52.66417°N 117.88361°W / 52.66417; -117.88361
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Athabasca Falls
Waterfall in winter with snow and ice
Winter falls in the late January
LocationJasper National Park, Alberta, Canada
Coordinates52°39′51″N 117°53′01″W / 52.66417°N 117.88361°W / 52.66417; -117.88361
TypeSegmented Horsetails
Total height24 m (79 ft) [1]
Number of drops2
Longest drop20 m (66 ft) [1]
Total width46 m (151 ft) [1]
Average width30 m (98 ft) [1]
Run15 m (49 ft) [1]
WatercourseAthabasca River
flow rate
113 m3/s (4,000 cu ft/s)[1]

Athabasca Falls is a waterfall in Jasper National Park on the upper Athabasca River, approximately 30 kilometres (19 mi) south of the townsite of Jasper, Alberta, Canada, and just west of the Icefields Parkway.

Geography and geology[edit]

Athabasca Falls is a Class 5 waterfall, with a total drop height of 24 m (79 ft) and a width of 46 m (151 ft).[1] A powerful, picturesque waterfall, Athabasca Falls is not known so much for its height as for its force, due to the large quantity of water falling into the gorge, which can be substantial even on a cold morning in the fall, when river levels tend to be at their lowest. The river falls over a layer of hard quartzite and through the softer limestone below, carving a short gorge and a number of potholes.[2]


The falls can be safely viewed and photographed from various viewing platforms and walking trails around the falls. Access is from the nearby parking lot, which leads off Highway 93A just northeast of the falls. Highway 93A takes off from the nearby Icefields Parkway, and crosses the falls on the way north to the town of Jasper. Whitewater rafting often starts below the falls to travel downstream on the Athabasca River to Jasper.

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See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g "Athabasca Falls, Alberta, Canada - World Waterfall Database". Retrieved 2020-11-03.
  2. ^ Parks Canada Agency, Government of Canada (2017-08-02). "Athabasca Falls - Jasper National Park". Retrieved 2020-10-13.

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