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8 Cascading Waterfalls Near Calgary For Your Next Spontaneous Summer Day Trip

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Calling all weekend road trippers.

Summertime is here, which means it is time to get outdoors. We wait all year for the frosty temperatures to go away, so we don’t want to waste a single second of the warm weather. To help you have a summer you’ll never forget, we’ve made a list of places you need to visit. Here is a list of cascading waterfalls near Calgary that are perfect for a spontaneous day trip.

Without using your entire tank of gas, you can reach so many stunning waterfalls that look out of a fantasy. The only question is, which one will you head to first?

If you are always the friend who bails on hiking trips because you can’t stand all the bugs and dirt, then we have the waterfall for you.

Lundbreck Falls looks like a mini Niagara Falls, and you almost don’t need to exit your car to see them. Attached to the parking lot is a viewing platform, only a few steps away.

With it being so easy to access, you have no excuse not to go. Chances are that you have to walk further to go to the bathroom at work.

But if you don’t mind walking a bit further, you’ll find tons of dreamy spots below that you’ll want to discover too.

Sheep River Falls

Address: Sheep River Rd., Turner Valley, AB

Why You Need To Go: It might take you longer to figure out what to wear in the morning than to walk to Sheep River Falls. It is a super easy half-kilometre hike that brings you to a photo-worthy waterfall.

Takakkaw Falls

Address: Yoho National Park, BC

Why You Need To Go: Get ready to be spellbound by the towering Takakkaw Falls. It is one of the highest waterfalls in Canada. 

Sunwapta Falls

Address: Improvement District No. 12, AB

Why You Need To Go: For the best photo, head here in the early summer when there is more water. You’ll get to see both the upper and lower falls from the easily accessible from the trail.

Wapta Falls

Address: Columbia-Shuswap A, BC

Why You Need To Go: This spot in Yoho National Park has it all. There is a bright turquoise pool, jaw-dropping waterfalls, and if you are lucky, even a rainbow.

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Bow Glacier Falls

Address: Hwy 93 N., Improvement District No. 9, AB

Why You Need To Go: Near Lake Louise, you can find this hidden gem along a moderately challenging hike. While the journey will take an entire afternoon, it is worth it to reach the gigantic Bow Glacier Falls.

Crescent Falls

Address: Clearwater County, AB

Why You Need To Go: You don’t want to miss the dazzling view of the falls from the two lookout platforms. 

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Cameron Falls

Address: Improvement District No. 4, AB

Why You Need To Go: This waterfall is famous for having the water turn pink in the past. But even when the water is the regular shade, it is just as lovely.

Lundbreck Falls

Address: Range Rd. 24B, Lundbreck, AB

Why You Need To Go: Lundbreck Falls is the easiest waterfall to reach ever. The viewing platform is steps from your parking lot in the car.

We strongly advise that before you go swimming or visit any location, you check the most recent updates on potential hazards, security, water quality, and closures. If you do plan to visit a location, respect the environment.



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