Bridal Veil Falls

Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada

About Bridal Veil Falls


Hiking Distance: roadside
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Date first visited: 2010-09-21
Date last visited: 2010-09-21

Waterfall Latitude: 52.18175
Waterfall Longitude: -117.05302

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.

Icefields_Parkway_311_09212010 - Distant look at Bridal Veil Falls as seen from its pullout along the Icefields Parkway
Distant look at Bridal Veil Falls as seen from its pullout along the Icefields Parkway

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 Bridal Veil Falls from us (or at least make it blend in with the rest of the white scenery).

Julie and I thought of this was 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.

Bridal Veil 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.

Apparently, this waterfall was sourced from the melting Huntington Glacier (which we couldn’t see from the huge car park).

Icefields_Parkway_310_09212010 - Context of a sign pointing out the Bridal Veil Falls as seen from a pullout along the Icefields Parkway
Context of a sign pointing out the Bridal Veil Falls as seen from a pullout along the Icefields Parkway

We even noticed a signpost calling out this waterfall, which suggested that it was probably a bigger deal than what we’re giving credit.

Nonetheless, we needed a strong zoom on the camera lens to keep this waterfall from looking puny in our photographs.

Authorities

Bridal Veil Falls resides in Banff National Park between Jasper and Lake Louise in the province of Alberta, Canada. It is administered by Parks Canada. For information or inquiries as well as current conditions, visit their website.

Icefields_Parkway_006_09182010 - The Icefields Parkway (Hwy 93A) heading north towards Bridal Veil Falls and beyond
Icefields_Parkway_384_09212010 - Looking towards the south end of the huge car park for both Bridal Veil Falls and Panther Falls
Icefields_Parkway_307_09212010 - Contextual view of Bridal Veil Falls almost blending in with the snow-covered trees and looking tiny compared to the mountain slope it belonged to

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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.

Fixated on the falls surrounded by snow

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Bridal Veil Falls – Banff National Park, Alberta March 4, 2019 10:01 pm by John Moerk - Bridal Veil Fall is a waterfall on the Icefields Parkway in Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada. It originates in the Huntington Glacier on the slopes of Cirrus Mountain. Its waters drain into Nigel Creek, then into the North Saskatchewan River. It is a class 4 waterfall, with a drop of 1,200 ft and a width… ...Read More

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