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.
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.
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