About “Sideways Falls” (“Big Bend Falls”)
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 following its 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 “Sideways Falls” was.
Without the powerful zoom, the falls would’ve looked puny in our photographs.
“Sideways 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.
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.
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