Athabasca Falls, Jasper National Park

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    Athabasca Falls

    by JanPeter74 Updated Nov 12, 2004

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    Athabasca Falls (central part)

    The Athabasca Falls can be found along the Icefield Parkway, several kilometres north of Jasper townsite, where Hwy 93 and Hwy 93A join.

    At this place an enormous amount of water is forced through a very narrow part in the river. The falls are not extremely high but the sheer force of the water as well as the shape of the falls make this a very spectacular site.

    The Athabasca Falls are popular and very close to the road, so expect to meet lots of fellow tourists on the 5 viewpoints that surround the falls.

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    ATHABASCA FALLS

    by LoriPori Written Nov 1, 2004

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    Athabasca Falls

    Among the most powerful and breathtaking falls in the Rocky Mountains, the ATHABASCA FALLS thunders through a narrow gorge where the walls have been smoothed and potholed by the sheer force of the rushing water carrying sand and rock. Picnic sites are available.

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    Athabasca Falls

    by K.Knight Written Jul 8, 2004

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    The rush of the falls

    Melting water from the Athabasca Glacier has carved a narrow passageway through the forest and has resulted in a dramatic and noisy waterfall.
    Access is via the Ice Field Parkway, an easy drive south of the Jasper township and this highway offers a large variety of wildlife on the fringes of the road, including bear!. easy walking tracks and bridges make this an enjoyable experience.

    COST......FREE.

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    Athabasca Falls

    by windsorgirl Updated Jun 27, 2004

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    Athabasca Falls, Jasper NP

    As you are approaching Jasper from the south along the Icefields Parkway you will see the turn off for the Athabasca Falls. Only 23m high, it's height does not make it impressive, but rather the sheer volume of water that rushes from the Athabasca River. There is a constant mist here, and the power of the rushing water has carved through the hard quartzite rock.

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    Whitewater churning through the narrow canyon

    by zrim Written Dec 5, 2003

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    narrow chute

    The walls of the canyon are quartz sandstone.

    Athabasca Falls is about 20 miles south of the Jasper townsite. Little or no hiking is required to view this splendid sight.

    For more information about Jasper try:

    www.parkscanada.gc.ca/jasper

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    A cauldron of bubbling boiling water

    by zrim Written Dec 3, 2003

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    what brews in this cauldron

    Round about the cauldren go;
    In the poisoned entrails throw:
    Toad that under cold stone
    Days and nights has thirty-one
    Sweltered venom, sleeping got
    Boil thou first i' the charmèd pot.


    Double, double toil and trouble;
    Fire burn and cauldron bubble.

    Fillet of a fenny snake
    In the cauldron boil and bake; Eye of newt, and toe of frog,
    Wool of bat, and tongue of dog,
    Adder's fork, and blind-worm's sting,
    Lizard's leg and howlet's wing,
    For a charm of powerful touble,
    Like a hell-broth, boil and bubble


    Double, double toil and trouble;
    Fire burn and cauldron bubble.

    Scale of dragon, tooth of wolf
    Witch's mummy, maw and gulf
    Of the ravined salt sea shark,
    Root of hemlock digged i'the dark,
    Liver of a blaspheming Jew,
    Gall of goat, and slips of yew
    Slivered in the moon's eclipse,
    Noose of Turk, and Tartar's lips
    Finger of birth-strangled babe,
    Ditch-delivered by a drab,
    Make the gruel thick and slab.
    Add thereto a tiger's chaudron
    For the ingredience of our cauldron


    Double, double toil and trouble;
    Fire burn and cauldron bubble.

    Cool it with a baboon's blood;
    Then the charm is firm and good.

    --Thanks to William Shakespeare for the quote.

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    Dry Run

    by zrim Written Dec 3, 2003

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    walk the ancient riverbed

    Eons ago the Athabasca River used to pound the walls of this narrow chasm. Then the river shifted course and left this tunnel completely dry. Parks Canada has constructed a trail through the empty chasm so that the visitor can see firsthand the cutting and polishing effect that rushing water has on rock. This trail is very cool and highly recommended.

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    Peering into the chasm at Athabasca Falls

    by zrim Written Dec 3, 2003

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    chasm

    Athabasca Falls is a remarkable place. There is not just one viewpoint to see the falls. The river plunges over a series of steps and through chasms and tunnels. It is several acres of fantastic views always accompanied by the thundering roar of falling water. Those who stumble down to the first viewpoint and then return to the parking lot without exploring the falls in full really miss out. It is a place where you could easily spend a couple hours being mesmerized by the combination of water and rock.

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    Athabasca River

    by zrim Written Sep 17, 2003

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    peaceful river--for now

    The river is quite broad as it approaches Athabasca Falls. All of this water is funnelled into a series of gorges that produce very framatic waterfalls. The river looks quite smooth and untroubled but soon it will become a fury of power and thunder.

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    Athabasca Falls will not disappoint

    by zrim Written Sep 11, 2003

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    a perfect spot to view the falls

    The loveliest falls in the Canadian Rockies. A watery playground with torrents of water flowing over whimsical rock formations. The falls are easily accessible by car, therefore expect crowds. Located between Jasper townsite and the Columbia Icefields.

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    Athabasca Falls (2)

    by paradisedreamer Updated Jun 18, 2003

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    The Athabasca River flows through a narrow gorge of hard, quartz-rich sandstone rock, the walls have been smoothed and potholes are created by the sheer force of the rushing water carrying sand and rock. The colour of the water is a bright turquoise. It is a nice area for a picnic and there are toilets and picnic tables.

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    Athabasca Falls

    by paradisedreamer Updated Jun 18, 2003

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    The water comes from the Columbia Glacier about 70 kilometers south. They are amongst the most powerful and breathtaking falls in the Rocky Mountains. The scenery is also stunning, I can imagine it can get quite crowded in summer but on a late winter afternoon you can have the place all to yourselves.

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    Athabasca Falls

    by dinhyen Updated May 6, 2003

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    Athabasca Falls

    Waterfalls have a hypnotizing effect that draws your attention like fire draws a moth. The spectacle of Athabasca Falls will mesmerize you and leave you in awe. The paved walkways and platforms at key points allow you to indulge in the sights and sounds.

    The trail takes you to a dry water channel. The curvy and multihued layered walls are simply amazing.

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    ATHABASCA FALLS---POTHOLES

    by LoriPori Written Nov 1, 2004

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    Potholes

    The sheer force of the rushing water create these POTHOLES in the hard, quartz-rich sandstone rock. It really is a magnificent sight to see.

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    ATHABASCA RIVER

    by LoriPori Written Nov 1, 2004

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    Athabasca River

    The ATHABASCA RIVER, along the Icefields Parkway, is funnelled into a narrow canyon cut in hard, quartz -rich sandstone rock.

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