Another favourite spot to visit in Jasper National Park is Athabasca Falls. It’s about a 15-20 minute drive south of the town, but definitely worth it. This time of year there is a lot of water going through there and it makes for a pretty impressive display. Click on the photo to view it larger and get a sense of scale from the people in the top left section. These falls are a good size!
Keep reading below the image for my editorial rant.
Ok, time to rant a bit. The thing that always angers us about this place is how so many people seem to think the rules don’t apply to them. There are fences and guardrails up all along the trails and around the river for quite a ways upstream from the falls. And yet, so many people climb over them to walk out on the rocks to get close to the falls.
While we were there this time, among the many people we saw doing this was a woman with her probably 8-10 year old son. They were getting pretty close, and she wasn’t even paying attention as he was jumping from rock to rock. We couldn’t believe how irresponsible she was. Not only that, but it was starting to rain a bit, which would make the rocks even more slippery than usual. People DIE every year from falling into these falls and yet idiots like her keep going over the fence. There is even a bench there dedicated to some guy who “made a bad decision” and paid for it with his life.
There are plenty of spots along the trail that you can get very close to the falls and still be behind the guardrail. I don’t understand why so many people think they have to walk out onto the rocks just to get 10 feet closer. The problem is most of them get away with it with no consequence. Do I want more people to die? No, but I sure want to go up to each and every one of them, slap them in the face and yell, “What are you thinking?”.
Alright, I’m done now.
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