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“Amazing! If you're into hiking, you MUST do the Iceline Trail.”
Review of Takakkaw Falls

Takakkaw Falls
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Mountain Lakes and Waterfalls Day Trip from Banff
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: The falls, in the northern half of Yoho park, drop 833 ft -- making it one of the highest waterfalls in Canada. The falls are spectacular in early summer, when melting snow and ice provide ample runoff.
Reviewed 13 February 2014

The Falls are spectacular. You can walk right up to the base of them. The drive up to the Falls is interesting and a little nail-biting thanks to the switchbacks but it is well worth it! Just don't drive a big car, truck or RV! :)

When we arrived, we didn't go to the base of the Falls right away because my hubby and I planned to hike the Iceline Trail. After all of my research planning our dream vacation, this hike was consistently voted one of the best by avid hikers! It is a 7-8 hour all day hike so be prepared. It is also considered strenous but I figured we'd maybe only get one chance to do this. So, we did. BREATHTAKING! There are no words to describe the feeling of seeing those massive Falls get smaller and smaller and farther away from you the longer you hike. The view of the glacier was spectacular! This is something you just can't see from the ground. Unfortunately, after hiking about 3 hours, we were almost at the top when a rain storm came through. We had to take shelter against the side of the mountain because it became VERY windy and cold. Luckily, we were prepared for all types of weather. However, we didn't have a lot of experience hiking and did not want to be in the wide open space and have another storm come through. So, we hiked back down the same way we went up and the sights were just as beautiful. I would have loved to be able to do the entire hike but it was better to be safe than sorry. Anyway, if you are adventureous and looking to do more than just sight-seeing, highly consider this hike. It is difficult but sooooo worth it!

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Reviewed 6 February 2014

What can I say about this amazing waterfall??

The driver to the waterfall takes your through an amazing piece of Canadian History with the old switch backs leading to a fantastic interesting drive. Also gives a unique view back towards the spiral tunnels.

The Waterfalls can be seen from the road leading to the parking lot and offer an amazing first glimpse of what the waterfall really is!! A must is walking to the base of the waterfalls to the giant rocks at the base but be forewarned that you will get wet due to the spray. If you are more adventurous than you can climb left side of the waterfall to base of the fall to feel it's full power as it falls to the rocks below. Be careful as it slippery and the water is powerful but worth doing!!

Further up the valley there are a few more waterfalls if you are willing to hike. I haven't done this hike yet so I will not comment but it is on my to do list!!!

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Reviewed 15 January 2014

Not alot to write aside from if you are in YOHO you would be a fool to miss this. Beautiful falls, tranquil scenery and perfect for pictures.

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Reviewed 14 January 2014 via mobile

We discovered by mistake but have to admit what a place !! The drive to the falls is very scenic and so are the actual falls . They are loud and majestic and everything you would want the second highest falls in the Rockies to be . If you have time do the ice line trail a well to see the glacier that feeds the falls !!

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Reviewed 21 November 2013

This area is one of the Best in the Banff area for Hiking. There are many trails for day hikes or overnight trips. The Scenery is Spectacular. I hiked from Takakkaw Falls along the Yoho River to Laughing Falls, up to the Iceline via Celeste Lake, along Iceline to Yoho Pass and down to Emerald Lake. This is about a 23 km hike that passes many beautiful sights.

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