"Sideways Falls" ("Big Bend Falls")

Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada

Rating: 2     Difficulty: 1
The so-called Sideways Falls or Big Bend Falls

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INTRODUCTION

I'm putting "Sideways Falls" or "Big Bend Falls" in quotes because I believe that these are informal names for this fairly conspicuous waterfall that we spotted from the Icefields Parkway (Hwy 93A). I borrowed these names from Bryan Swan's Pacific Northwest waterfall survey as well as Leon Turnbull's Waterfalls West, respectively. I suppose giving it these names would sound a lot better than "that waterfall seen from a pullout at a big bend in Hwy 93" or something like that.

In any case, viewing this waterfall was pretty much an exercise in pinpointing its whereabouts on our GPS and then follow the GPS' instructions until we noticed the falls. At that point, it was a cinch to just see it from afar. Of course, photographing it meant we needed a telephoto lens given how far away the falls was. Without the powerful zoom, the falls would've looked puny in our photographs.




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PHOTO JOURNAL

The scenery along the Icefields Parkway as we continued heading south of Sideways Falls and headed towards the Weeping WallThe scenery along the Icefields Parkway as we continued heading south of Sideways Falls and headed towards the Weeping Wall
Not far from the Sideways Falls was the Columbia Icefields area, which featured the rapidly receding Athabasca Glacier, which this sign here showed just how quickly the recession is happeningNot far from the Sideways Falls was the Columbia Icefields area, which featured the rapidly receding Athabasca Glacier, which this sign here showed just how quickly the recession is happening
On the way up towards Sideways Falls and other attractions of the Icefields Parkway, we made a stop at the very beautiful Peyto LakeOn the way up towards Sideways Falls and other attractions of the Icefields Parkway, we made a stop at the very beautiful Peyto Lake
A little more zoomed out than the photo at the top of this page for a little contextA little more zoomed out than the photo at the top of this page for a little context

Even more zoomed out than the above photo for the full-on contextEven more zoomed out than the above photo for the full-on context


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VIDEOS OF THE FALLS


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DRIVING DIRECTIONS

We found this waterfall while heading about 2km south (downhill) of the large car park for both Bridal Veil Falls and Panther Falls along the Icefields Parkway (Hwy 93). You can also think of this is as being 16km south of the Columbia Icefields Center (which itself is 103km south of Jasper and 186km north of Banff).

Look for a large pullout as you're descending on a wide bend towards its bottom. That pullout is where you can park the car and look ahead of you for the waterfall tumbling down the mountainside.

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

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TRIP PLANNING RESOURCES





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NEARBY WATERFALLS




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