Jasper in Winter #7 – Athabasca Falls

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Located 30 km (19 miles) South of Jasper, this 46m (151 foot) wide waterfall drops 24 m (79 feet). Flow is greatly reduced in the winter.

A beautiful sight in spring, summer and fall, but really magnificent in winter, when it is often covered in ice and snow.

In 2005, skiing was off the table due to my son recuperating from knee surgery. However, we did take out lives in our own hands trying to walk on the icy walkways at Athabasca Falls.

We popped back in here on Christmas Day, 2009 with K and again enjoyed the wintery views.

In April 2019, we showed the falls to our friends H & L from Winnipeg. The snow was mostly gone, but the falls were still plenty frosty.

Published by kagould17

Not much to tell. After working for 3 companies over 43+ years (38 years 7 months with my last company), I finally got that promotion I had waited my entire career for……retirement. I have been exploring this new career for the past 7+ years and while it is not always exciting, the chance to do what I want for myself and my family instead of what my company wants has been very fulfilling. Early on, there was a long list of projects in my “to-do” hopper and I attacked these projects with a vengeance for the first 9 months of retirement. Eventually, my brain told me that this was not what retirement was about, so it took me another 5 months before my industriousness again took over and I attacked another line of projects, this time somewhat shorter and less complicated, as well as many new projects related to the family weddings in 2016. After going hard for 6 weeks and 3 weddings, my body was telling me to relax, then the flu bug hit and as soon as that was done with me, my sciatic acted up. No rest for the wicked. In 2020 and 2021, the Covid 19 pandemic changed the whole retirement gig. I was lucky to not be still working, for sure. I enjoy photography, gardening, working with my hands, walking, cycling, skiing, travelling, reading and creating special photo and video productions obtained in my first pastime. I may never become wealthy in any of these pursuits, but I already feel I am rich in life experiences far beyond any expectation.

26 thoughts on “Jasper in Winter #7 – Athabasca Falls

  1. During my visit to the Athabasca Falls I was impressed by the power of the falls. This flat river that was flowing slowly was suddenly transformed into a fury as it became engulfed in a narrow canyon. Of course in winter the story is quite different.

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    1. It is a thunderous roar from late spring melt to winter freeze and even beyond. Can you imagine the first explorers floating down the serene river…dum de dum de dum… and hearing this roaring, slowly growing louder, wondering what lies ahead. We have been lucky to visit here many times. Thanks for reading. Allan

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    1. Icy cold, for sure. A refreshing drink, but not a refreshing dip. One visit we made in the winter, the stairs were more like ramps than stairs, due to the snow that became ice like from the wind and spray. Thanks for reading and commenting. Allan

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  2. Wow, what a spectacular waterfall and a wondrous sight in the winter. It must have been an amazing experience to see the potholes formed by the rushing water and those beautifully formed ice formations! Thanks for sharing and have a good day. Aiva 🙂

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    1. It was a wondrous sight and also there was still the sound of roaring water. The one opening was like looking through an ice covered window into the heart of the waterfall. Thanks for reading Aiva. Have a fabulous week. Allan

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