Bridal Veil Falls

Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada

Rating: 1.5     Difficulty: 1
Bridal Veil Falls

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INTRODUCTION

Bridal Veil Falls was a pretty tall multi-tiered cascade said to have a cumulative drop of some 1200ft. I had doubts about that gaudy height figure because I was only able to see something on the order of 200ft or so. However, it was also possible that the dense tree cover around the falls might have concealed more of its overall drop. Plus, the fresh layer of snow from a clearing snow storm during our visit might have also conspired to hide most of the falls from us.

Julie and I thought of this as more of a roadside stop, and the huge pullout or car park on the east side of Hwy 93 made us think this waterfall was supposed to be a bigger deal than the impression we got once we saw it. The falls had lighter flow than what we had anticipated, but that might have been a result of the cold weather re-freezing parts of its creek thereby constricting its outflow from the melting Huntington Glacier (which we couldn't see from the huge car park).

We even noticed a signpost calling out this waterfall. Nonetheless, we needed a strong zoom on the camera lens to keep this waterfall from looking puny in our photographs.




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PHOTO JOURNAL

The terminus of the rapidly receding Athabasca Glacier, just a few minutes north of Bridal Veil FallsThe terminus of the rapidly receding Athabasca Glacier, just a few minutes north of Bridal Veil Falls
Between the junction between Icefields Parkway/Trans-Canada Highway and the Columbia Icefields area, we saw some scenic landmarks like the reflective Waterfowl LakeBetween the junction between Icefields Parkway/Trans-Canada Highway and the Columbia Icefields area, we saw some scenic landmarks like the reflective Waterfowl Lake
This picture pretty much hints at the mindblowing scenery on the Icefields Parkway as we made our way towards Bridal Veil FallsThis picture pretty much hints at the mindblowing scenery on the Icefields Parkway as we made our way towards Bridal Veil Falls
The Icefields Parkway (Hwy 93A) heading north towards Bridal Veil Falls and beyondThe Icefields Parkway (Hwy 93A) heading north towards the falls and beyond

Looking towards the south end of the huge car parkLooking towards the south end of the huge car park

Sign pointing in the direction we should be looking for Bridal Veil FallsSign pointing in the direction we should be looking for the falls

Contextual view of Bridal Veil Falls almost blending in with the snow-covered treesContextual view of the falls almost blending in with the snow-covered trees


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VIDEOS OF THE FALLS


Fixated on the falls surrounded by snow


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DRIVING DIRECTIONS

From the Columbia Icefields Center (i.e. the Glacier View Inn and Athabasca Glacier access), drive south on Hwy 93 (Icefields Parkway) for about 14km. On the left (east) side, there's a very large paved pullout or car park (I'm sure this could easily accommodate at least 3 or 4 tour buses and then some). Park the car here and look for the signpost and falls towards the south end of the big pullout area.

For some perspective on the distances from the main towns in the general area, the Columbia Icefields complex is roughly 103km (1.5 hours) south of Jasper and 186km (2.5 hours) north of Banff.

For additional context, Jasper was 365km (under 4 hours drive) west of Edmonton and 412km (5 hours drive) northwest of Calgary.




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ITINERARIES

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MAP OF THE FALLS



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TRIP REPORTS

For more information about our experiences with this waterfall, check out the following travel stories.




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TRIP PLANNING RESOURCES





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