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Experience powerful nature in Lake Louise
LAKE LOUISE, Alberta – We know when you vacation at Lake Louise in Banff National Park, it can be pretty difficult to tear yourself away from the place.
But a ten-minute drive will lead you to some excellent day-trips in nearby Yoho National Park. It’s well worth the effort.
Let’s start first with one of the greatest waterfalls you’ll see anywhere: Takakkaw Falls.
Getting there is easy enough. When you leave Lake Louise to go to Yoho, you’ll find elevation drops quickly – but never fear, you’re not leaving the high country. In fact, when you reach the town of Field, you’ll see Mt. Stephen looming over you.
As you drive along, you’ll be guided by waterfalls on the cliffs on either side of you. But the majesty of Takakkaw Falls still awaits. Keep going on Yoho Valley Road. When you reach the end of it – about 40 minutes away from Lake Louise – you’ll be at one of the highest named waterfalls in Canada.
Like many places in the Canadian Rockies, the Takakkaw Falls are best appreciated just after dawn or just before dusk. It’s quite an experience. You can walk right up to the base of the falls and feel the spray of the water in your face.
For the curious, the falls originate as meltwater from a glacier, but you won’t be able to see it: it’s far above you and well out of sight.
Unfortunately, if you want to see Takakkaw Falls, you have to go between early June and mid-October. The road is not plowed during the winter months.
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