Overlander Falls

Mt Robson Provincial Park, British Columbia, Canada

About Overlander Falls


Hiking Distance: 1.2km round trip
Suggested Time: 45-60 minutes

Date first visited: 2010-09-20
Date last visited: 2010-09-20

Waterfall Latitude: 53.03093
Waterfall Longitude: -119.20397

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Overlander Falls was a short but wide gushing waterfall on the Fraser River.

This was another one of those waterfalls that we hadn’t planned on seeing going into our September 2010 trip, but it had a very conspicuous sign that commanded our attention while motoring on the Hwy 16.

Overlander_Falls_017_09202010 - Overlander Falls
Overlander Falls

We skipped it on the way to Clearwater, but we did stop for it to stretch our legs and see what the commotion was all about when we crossed back into the province of Alberta.

It turned out that we were face-to-face with the stocky waterfall that was said to be 10m tall and 30m wide.

I’m sure under sunnier weather, the Fraser River would exhibit that blue-green color so typical of glacier-fed lakes and rivers.

However, we happened to show up during a rain storm (in fact, it was snowing in Banff and Jasper at the time) so the colors were a bit muted.

Overlander_Falls_009_09202010 - Julie descending towards the turbulence of Overlander Falls
Julie descending towards the turbulence of Overlander Falls

The sign at the car park indicated that it was a 3/4-hour (45 minutes) return walk to the Overlander Falls.

It was pretty much a short upside-down excursion.

That meant we had to go downhill to reach the falls, but then we had to get all that elevation loss back as we climbed back up to the car park.

After going past a trail junction (we didn’t bother to see where that other trail went), the path ended at an overlook area of both the Overlander Falls as well as a glimpse of the canyon downstream.

Overlander_Falls_049_09202010 - Context of Overlander Falls and its powdery blue plunge pool
Context of Overlander Falls and its powdery blue plunge pool

Apparently I’ve heard that some kayakers would run this waterfall, and from the looks of things, I can kind of see why.

That said, I was not certain if the river beyond the plunge pool was very runnable or not given how rocky the watercourse was.

Then again, I probably wouldn’t know any better since I’m not an extreme kayaker myself.

Authorities

Overlander Falls resides in the Mount Robson Provincial Park near Tete Jaune Cache in the province of British Columbia, Canada. It is administered by BC Parks. For information or inquiries as well as current conditions, visit their website.

Overlander_Falls_001_09202010 - At the car park for Overlander Falls looking back towards the highway, where clouds obscured what I believe to be Mt Robson
Overlander_Falls_007_09202010 - Julie on the walking path to Overlander Falls, which began in a forested setting
Overlander_Falls_008_09202010 - Julie at a signed junction as we got closer to the Overlander Falls
Overlander_Falls_011_09202010 - Our first contextual look at the gushing Overlander Falls
Overlander_Falls_019_09202010 - Portrait view of the gushing Overlander Falls with a hint of snowy mountains in the bright background
Overlander_Falls_026_09202010 - Looking downstream away from Overlander Falls
Overlander_Falls_047_09202010 - Context of Julie standing behind the protective fence checking out Overlander Falls

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The well-signed and wide car park for Overlander Falls is about 86km west of Jasper along Hwy 16.

Or, it’s about 16km west of the west-end (or the mouth) of Moose Lake.

The car park is on the south side (left side as you head west) of the highway.

Overlander_Falls_002_09202010 - The car park for Overlander Falls, which was right next to the Hwy 16 within the boundaries of Mt Robson Provincial Park
The car park for Overlander Falls, which was right next to the Hwy 16 within the boundaries of Mt Robson Provincial Park

Alternatively, the car park is a little over 14km east of the Rearguard Falls car park.

If you’re headed east on Hwy 16, then the turnoff is on your right (and is much easier to access as you don’t have to cross traffic to get to it).

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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Fixated on the gushing waterfall


Top to bottom sweep following the flow of the water starting from the falls and ending at some smaller rapids and cascades further downstream


Bottom up sweep looking further downstream away from the falls

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