Takawkaw means Magnificent, it is originated from Native American language, It is 373 meters high the highest falls in Canada located in Yoho National park Alberta. You will be amazed by very scenic view near by glacier river flow near by and many hiking trails. The closes camp ground are Yoho camping ground ( walk in) and Kicking horse camp ground needed advance reservation. Wapta Higline trail is one of the difficult trail in Yoho Natioanal park, It is trail to Yoho and emerald lake, which starting point from Whiskey Jack Lodge trail head, it elevation 295 m to Yoho lake, the distance 3.7 km one way, 715 m total field and 18 km total trail. When you reach the Yoho climb steadily up to Yoho pass, keep left / to the south toward Wapta Highline to see the most magnificent valley and Emerald lake. However there is a bear in the area, beware of black bear in the area group hike always better to scare the bear.
- The Iceline distance 13 km, elevation 710 m 9 hours round trip
- The Whaleback: 400 m elevation, 5 km from Twin Falls
- Emerald Basin : 4 km one way, elevation 225 m, 2-3 hours return
- Yukness Ledges Alpine Route: distance 2.3 km one way from lake Oesa, elevation 140 m, view of lake O’Hara
- Lake Oesa: distance 3.2 km one way, elevation 240 m, 4 hours return.
Easy trails: Emerald lake loop : Distance 5 km loop, elevation flat
The falls is located 98 km toward northwest about 1.20 minutes by car depend on the speed. So this is the first falls you are going to see once you pass by Saskatchewan crossing river. Keep Walk about 50 meters from Parking area then you will enjoy the most photogenic falls along the Ice field parkway. Sanwapta means “Turbulant water” in Stoney Languange, as the falls fall down just like a turbulant. Many Pine trees trap in the middle of the circling river flow through and fall in to the beautiful rock canyon. Beside that you will enjoy the second falls from the opposite site of the bridge. Remember to put your schedule, that the best time to visit is late spring or early summer so you can enjoy the melting glacier flow through the falls.
Facilities : Restaurant, Coffee shop, Washroom, Gift shop