Takakkaw Falls
Takakkaw Falls
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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.
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  • Cozgrove
    Harwood Heights, Illinois17 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Go. Just go.
    This was one of our favorite adventures on our trip to Banff/Jasper/Yoho/Kootenay. Climbing the rocks to get (appropriately) close to the falls was our kids' favorite activity of our entire 2+ weeks on the road. We've seen a lot of waterfalls, and the power and beauty of this one is pretty spectacular. Definitely a must on the itinerary. Short walk/hike from the parking lot to up-close viewing.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 18 July 2023
  • Naresh Karani
    Dubai, United Arab Emirates166 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The second tallest waterfall in Canada
    My wife and I along with our son visited the second tallest waterfall in Canada whilst driving through the Yoho National Park in British Columbia province in Canada. The experience was breathtaking and we took several pictures as we moved up closer to the falls right up to when we were right beneath the falls. The falls are one of the key tourist highlights of the Yoho National Park and are located not very far away from the Emerald Lake. A must-visit if you are exploring Yoho National Park.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 2 September 2023
  • Allan C
    7 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Must-see in Yoho National Park!
    A pleasant surprise as a last minute side trip! Takakkaw Falls is taller and more awesome than expected! Plenty of parking and a short walk to the base where you can expect the spray to freshen you up all over...fantastic on a hot, sunny day!! Takakkaw Falls is a great photo-op, worth a detour from close-by Emerald Lake!
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 7 September 2023
  • GPaCalgary
    Calgary, Canada2,302 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Pretty Spectacular
    We had not been here since 2005 so we had forgotten how great these falls look. We took our friends from the UK for the 13 kilometer drive to the falls and it was well worth it. A nice hike takes takes you to a great viewpoint.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 12 September 2023
  • Sabes
    Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania28 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Don't miss this gorgeous, powerful waterfall! Mesmerizing!
    Wow. Don't miss this tall, beautiful waterfall with a turn off just East of the Yoho National Park Visitor center in Fields. Road climbs up the mountain with a few short switchbacks halfway up that prevents large campers or vehicles pulling trailers. Tou srmtart to see the falls in the distance as you get closer. Once there the parking is abundant. We arrived around 930am at the end of September and there were anout a dozen cars in the first lot. Bathrooms are a bit hidden and not in the parking lots. A short, easy, flat walk brings you to the base of this gorgeous waterfall. You could get a kink on your neck just staring up at it. There are also several hikes with trailheads right there. We didn't do a hike and spent about 45 min there.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 25 September 2023
  • stevepencz
    Surrey, Canada430 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Must see
    I go to see it every other year when we drive by, always different, always beautiful, Canada second highest fall. On the way you have to see the 2 coloed creek to join too and the look out for the Spiral tunnel. Any time you visit you may think you be alone there, mistake. There is always lot of people any time of the day. It is a beauty.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 20 October 2023
  • Jobylake
    Ottery St. Mary, United Kingdom937 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worth the drive but be prepared to wait to park. Take a picnic.
    On our first visit to Canada in 2016, we weren’t able to visit as it was too early in the season so we made sure to add it to our itinerary this time around. The falls are located at the end of Yoho Valley Road which is a dead end road so you have to drive back the way you came. The car park can get quite busy and you may have to wait to park if there are no spaces. There are washrooms available and plenty of picnic tables by the side of the river. The famous red chairs are located just before the bridge at the start of the path that leads to the falls. The walk to the falls from the car park is approximately 2km return over a good level path. The closer to the falls you get, the louder they become. You can feel the spray too. We saw people climbing to the left of the falls. There is no path to walk this so we didn’t attempt it. Given the spray coming off the falls, I would think the rocks would be wet and slippery and probably not stable either.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 27 October 2023
  • SeniorTravelerTF
    1,199 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Easy walk to close up, and parking along road along alternate path might avoid full lots
    You view the falls from below, and the path from the parking lot leads very close to the bottom of the falls. Easy to find, but note a low kph/mph road leads to the falls so no hurry. I am sure that the parking lot fills in the summer, but you can park along the road and take an alternate path to the falls. That path is just short of the parking lot. Two of the iconic red chairs are (were?) there during our visit.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 29 October 2023
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SeniorTravelerTF
Fort Atkinson1,199 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
You view the falls from below, and the path from the parking lot leads very close to the bottom of the falls. Easy to find, but note a low kph/mph road leads to the falls so no hurry. I am sure that the parking lot fills in the summer, but you can park along the road and take an alternate path to the falls. That path is just short of the parking lot. Two of the iconic red chairs are (were?) there during our visit.
Written 29 October 2023
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Jobylake
Ottery St. Mary, UK937 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Couples
On our first visit to Canada in 2016, we weren’t able to visit as it was too early in the season so we made sure to add it to our itinerary this time around.

The falls are located at the end of Yoho Valley Road which is a dead end road so you have to drive back the way you came.

The car park can get quite busy and you may have to wait to park if there are no spaces. There are washrooms available and plenty of picnic tables by the side of the river.

The famous red chairs are located just before the bridge at the start of the path that leads to the falls.

The walk to the falls from the car park is approximately 2km return over a good level path. The closer to the falls you get, the louder they become. You can feel the spray too.

We saw people climbing to the left of the falls. There is no path to walk this so we didn’t attempt it. Given the spray coming off the falls, I would think the rocks would be wet and slippery and probably not stable either.

Written 27 October 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

stevepencz
Surrey, Canada430 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Family
I go to see it every other year when we drive by, always different, always beautiful, Canada second highest fall. On the way you have to see the 2 coloed creek to join too and the look out for the Spiral tunnel. Any time you visit you may think you be alone there, mistake. There is always lot of people any time of the day. It is a beauty.
Written 20 October 2023
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Sabes
Pittsburgh, PA28 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
Wow. Don't miss this tall, beautiful waterfall with a turn off just East of the Yoho National Park Visitor center in Fields. Road climbs up the mountain with a few short switchbacks halfway up that prevents large campers or vehicles pulling trailers. Tou srmtart to see the falls in the distance as you get closer. Once there the parking is abundant. We arrived around 930am at the end of September and there were anout a dozen cars in the first lot. Bathrooms are a bit hidden and not in the parking lots. A short, easy, flat walk brings you to the base of this gorgeous waterfall. You could get a kink on your neck just staring up at it. There are also several hikes with trailheads right there. We didn't do a hike and spent about 45 min there.
Written 25 September 2023
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eVe 🇸🇬🇸🇬🇸🇬
Singapore, Singapore831 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
Nothing spectacular. It's a tall waterfall in Yoho National Park. A 15 minutes slow stroll will get you to the Falls. Can skip by.
Written 19 September 2023
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Galliwampus
Juneau, AK68 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Friends
Not ready for another hike, but not quite ready to go home? This is the place! Mid September was peopled but not crowded. Road has super tight switchbacks that I'd recommend an RVer think about - though, we did see one or two brave souls up there.
Written 14 September 2023
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GPaCalgary
Calgary, Canada2,302 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Couples
We had not been here since 2005 so we had forgotten how great these falls look. We took our friends from the UK for the 13 kilometer drive to the falls and it was well worth it. A nice hike takes takes you to a great viewpoint.
Written 12 September 2023
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Allan C
7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Family
A pleasant surprise as a last minute side trip! Takakkaw Falls is taller and more awesome than expected! Plenty of parking and a short walk to the base where you can expect the spray to freshen you up all over...fantastic on a hot, sunny day!! Takakkaw Falls is a great photo-op, worth a detour from close-by Emerald Lake!
Written 8 September 2023
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Naresh Karani
Dubai, United Arab Emirates166 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Family
My wife and I along with our son visited the second tallest waterfall in Canada whilst driving through the Yoho National Park in British Columbia province in Canada. The experience was breathtaking and we took several pictures as we moved up closer to the falls right up to when we were right beneath the falls. The falls are one of the key tourist highlights of the Yoho National Park and are located not very far away from the Emerald Lake. A must-visit if you are exploring Yoho National Park.
Written 3 September 2023
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WashingtonianNative
Fairfax, VA201 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023
The falls are pretty spectacular and I have never seen falls of that volume spouting from a mountain like that. I would put it on your to-do list. It's a short walk from the parking lot to the falls.
Written 27 August 2023
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