Waterfalls of Alberta
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Alberta Waterfalls, to our understanding, are primarily concentrated on its western border with British Columbia as this province's eastern region is dominated by prairies. For that's where the famous Canadian Rockies are located, and you know that when you mix mountains and glaciers, you're bound to have an abundance of waterfalls.
So it should come as no surprise that the waterfalls we've seen so far in this province are mostly dominated by our experience in its western extreme.
Prior to our visit, all I knew about Alberta were its NHL hockey teams in Edmonton and Calgary. But soon I realized that this province housed perhaps some of the most famous lakes in the world in the cluster of National Parks anchored by Banff and Jasper. So it was only natural that we had to go waterfalling in the "Crown of the Continent" to get our waterfalling fix while seeing what millions of other people have known about already.
We've also gone closer to the border with the US to Waterton Park where its ecosystem (shared with Glacier National Park in Montana) harbored a few more waterfalls (e.g. Cameron Falls
and Lower Bertha Falls
) as well as more lakes and mountains in a much more laid back and quieter setting than its famous parks further north.
What struck us about several of the waterfalls we've seen so far was that they had gorgeous mountain backdrops (e.g. Athabasca Falls
, Sunwapta Falls
, Blackiston Falls
, or even Bow Glacier Falls
) or were nestled in deep twisty canyons (like Johnston Canyon
and Maligne Canyon
). Then, there were others that were more of the precipitous mountain cascade types as well as those that required a bit of exploration away from the well-used roads like the Icefields Parkway or Trans-Canada Highway.
We hope to be able to come back to Alberta and sample more of the way-of-life, landscapes, and of course waterfalls...
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