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Takakkaw Falls & Twin Falls in British Columbia

The most picturesque part of Yoho National Park

Takakkaw Falls & Twin Falls
Takakkaw Falls & Twin Falls
Takakkaw Falls & Twin Falls
Takakkaw Falls & Twin Falls

Takakkaw Falls is located in Yoho National Park, near Field, British Columbia, Canada. Takakkaw Falls is the second tallest waterfall in Canada after the Della Falls with a height of 384 m (1,260 ft) from its base and free fall of 254 m (833 ft). Takakkaw is translated from the Cree language like "it is magnificent." Water from the Daly Glacier keeps the waterfall full during the summer. Late June is when the falls are at peak condition, and when the roads get opened.

Takakkaw Falls can be reached by an 18-km (11 mi) trail (roundtrip) with approx 300 m (984 ft) of elevation gain. The Takakkaw Falls trailhead is located at the Takakkaw Falls parking lot. A well-marked path features several waterfalls and lookouts. After passing the Takakkaw Falls, the path goes further to the Twin Falls and Twin Falls Tea House. You will see a beautiful rock field with lovely views and an empty lake bed. There is also a campground in the area.

The Twin Falls Tea House was built in the early 20th century as a stopover cabin for hikers and tour groups. In 1992 it was designated as a national historic site and an example of the Rustic Design Tradition. About 500,000 people visit Yoho National Park annually, so the area might get crowded during the summer months. As the park is close to Banff, a large portion of visitors come from Alberta.

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When is the best time to visit Takakkaw Falls?

From mid-June to September is the ideal time to visit Takakkaw Falls and Twin Falls. You can enjoy hiking the pleasant weather peacefully during this time. The fullest falls can be seen in late June when roads open. However, during the winter months, roads and trails are closed off. Show more

Where is Takakkaw Falls located?

Located near Field, BC, Canada, Takakkaw Falls can be found in Yoho National Park. Takakkaw Falls parking lot marks the starting point of the trail which is around 17 km (11 miles) away from Field. Traveling 102 miles (164 km) from Calgary, Alberta or via the Trans-Canada Highway from Banff to reach the falls is also possible. Show more

What is the height of Takakkaw Falls?

The second tallest waterfall in Canada, Takakkaw Falls holds a great height of 384 m (1,260 ft) from its base with a freefall of 254 m (833 ft). It is one of the highest falls in North America. During summers, the waterfall gets a continuous supply of water from the Daly Glacier to keep it full. Show more

How can you reach Takakkaw Falls and Twin Falls?

Accessing the Takakkaw Falls and Twin Falls is possible by taking an 18-km (11 mi) trail with 300 m (984 ft) elevation gain. Takakkaw Falls parking lot is the starting point for the Takakkaw Falls trailhead that can be reached from Field or Banff via the Trans-Canada Highway. Visitors can enjoy a picnic or stay at the available campground. Show more

What is the history behind the Twin Falls Tea House?

Built as a stopover cabin for hikers and tour groups, the Twin Falls Tea House is an early 20th-century attraction. It offers stunning views of Potts Creek, Twin Falls, and the Daly Glacier. The tea house serves various food items such as tea, coffee, soups, desserts, and sandwiches and has been a national historic site and example of the Rustic Design Tradition since its establishment. The tea house opens in mid-June and closes in October. Show more

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