Day 7: Takakaw falls

Day 7: Day trip to Takakaw  falls. No sketches again today, just photos.

On the way, we stopped at the Spiral Tunnels view point.  “As trains snake their way up to the Kicking Horse Pass and the continental divide, they circle deep into the mountains on both sides of this valley.  The two giant underground loops they follow are the spiral Tunnels.

From assorted signs in the park…..  Takakkaw means “It is magnificent” in Cree.  At 254 meters, it is one of the highest in Canada.  The falls is fed by Daly Glacier, which is350 m from the brink.  The glacier, in turn, is fed by the Waputik Icefield.  Snow falling on the icefield becomes moving ice in the glacier, which melts to become the Falls.  On another sign, it said the total drop of the falls is 385 meters, which is more than 7 times the height of Niagara Falls.

It was an easy hike to a good view of the falls.

The “Red Chairs” are National Park photo spots. A fellow tourist took this for us.  Note how bundled up I am and how Himself is not!

On our way back to Lake Louise, we made a 3rd attempt to find “Morant’s Curve” since we now knew the name of the view point.  “Once the tracks of the Canadian Pacific Railway were completed in 1883, the company set out to entice the world to come explore the Canadian Alps.  Photographer Nicholas Morant was hired to tantalize the imagination of potential tourists.  This was one of his favorite scenic spots”

Many more photos here:


About redharparts

Born in Michigan. Attended undergrad and graduate universities there. I've lived in England, Germany, Southern California and now Washington (state). I'm a retired Medical Social Worker with a past specialty in Oncology. I've enjoyed exploring historical re-creation through the SCA. I costume in several fandoms. Lately I've returned to Art and have taken up Urban Sketching, a version of en plein air painting.
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One Response to Day 7: Takakaw falls

  1. Love the first photo of the falls, it looks like someone gave the forest a crew cut!

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