We passed up Sumwapta Falls but I talked Sean into stopping for the Athabasca Falls. I’m glad I did. I really liked it. It was completely touristy. There were ramps and stairs for easy, casual walking. Plus the falls were really beautiful with great views. The headwater comes from the Columbia Glacier about 70 kilometers south. The water rushes through a narrow gorge to be one of the more powerful falls in the Rocky Mountains.
As we drove to Takkaka Falls we stopped to see a “confluence of two rivers”. It was actually more interesting than the waterfall. We had to climb down to get the best view but it wasn’t an issue.
While driving, we saw quite a few cars parked on the side of the road. We parked and did a short, easy hike to Takkaka Falls. This waterfall, on the north side of the highway, drops 253 metres (830 ft)–which is higher than Niagara Falls–and is named for the Cree word for “it is wonderful”.
An older gent from Texas felt like chatting so we had a great conversation about politics, and the Canadian Rocky Mountains. He had owned a vacation home in Edmonton. Well, enough time there. Time to head back to the hotel.
We left Emerald Lake and thought we would stop along the road to see some other local attractions.
First was the Yoho Natural Bridge. It’s a natural rock formation that spans the flow of the Kicking Horse River west of Field, where the slow moving waters from the Field valley flats begin their descent through a canyon to be joined by the Amiskwi River.
I’m really glad we stopped here. It was just off the road, no hiking and the view was scenic.