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          Athabasca Falls, Canada - Unique Places around the World

          By Ambar Sulekh on May 28 2019 in Travel

          The rapid waters of Athabasca Falls, in Alberta's Jasper National Park, run through the meeting place of the Candian Prairie and the Rocky Mountains.
          The rapid waters of Athabasca Falls, in Alberta's Jasper National Park, run through the meeting place of the Candian Prairie and the Rocky Mountains.

          5. Description

          Athabasca Falls is a waterfall in Jasper National Park, near Jasper, Alberta, Canada. The falls are located on the high cliffs of the Athabasca River. Athabasca Falls is not as well known for its height (the falls are around 23 meters high) as they are for producing the extremely powerful water currents that pass through its narrow gorge. It has been observed that, even during cold mornings, the river’s water flows at a relentlessly rapid pace. The fast-moving tides have created the narrow gorge and many potholes that characterize this stretch of Athabasca River. There are numerous trails that lead to the waterfall, making it an easily accessible tourist spot. The nearest trail is accessed through a nearby parking lot off of Highway 93A. The best time to visit the falls are said to be during the summer season.

          4. Tourism

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          3. Uniqueness

          Mount Athabasca serves the picturesque backdrop against which the image of Athabasca Falls is imposed upon, greatly enhancing the aesthetics of the location. The inimitable falls are characterized by their relatively short height (23 meters) and through their extremely rapid currents. These currents are responsible for carving out the gorge immediately downstream of the falls around the river. The gorge becomes deeper as the Athabasca River descends lower into the canyon. Tourists are afforded vantage multiple points from which to view the waterfall from the extensive networks of walkways and bridges that are provided. Thus, one can easily view the falls’ brink from either side, as well as peek into the falls’ front from other spots. A bulging inshore island in the middle of Athabasca River splits the falls, only for them to be rejoined towards its downstream path, wherein is created the massive force that cuts through to the gorge below. Every globetrotting tourist is encouraged to visit Athabasca Falls and its surrounding places at least once in their lifetime.

          2. Habitat

          Athabasca Falls is located in Jasper National Park, in Jasper, Alberta. With its habitat spanning 10,878 square kilometers, the park was named as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and is the biggest National Park in the Canadian Rockies. Owing to its vast expanse, the park is comprised by mountains, hot springs, lakes and waterfalls (of which Athabasca is one) alike. The wildlife that calls it home includes a wide range animals, including elks, moose, mule deer, grizzly bears, coyotes, beavers, cougars and mountain goats, among others.

          1. Threats

          While Athabasca Falls is accessible and tourist friendly, tourists are cautioned not to leave the designated paths or climb over the guard rails, as doing so entails putting oneself in grave danger. While trying to take better pictures, several tourists have reportedly fallen to their deaths as they have underestimated how slippery the rock ledges are. As part of the Jasper National Park, the habitat and wildlife surrounding the falls are protected from human developmental activities as much as possible.

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