Originating at the Huntington Glacier, Bridal Veil Falls can be effortlessly enjoyed from a dedicated scenic pullout off the Icefields Parkway. However, for added adventure, follow the trail at the south end of the parking lot down to Panther Falls. Prepare for a series of sharp switchbacks along the short path that leads to the waterfall base. A raincoat and protective camera cover is a good idea as the mist can be intense; however, the payoff is 100 percent worth the required precautions.
The aptly named Weeping Wall is a series of water streams pouring down a sheer cliff face above the Icefields Parkway at Cirrus Mountain. Most impressive in May and early June, due to the annual spring snowmelt, this river of tears comprises three main streams. Thrill-seeking ice climbers flock to the wall in winter to scale the frozen cliff face. Watch for the Weeping Wall viewpoint pullout, located about 10 minutes south of Bridal Veil Falls.
Hiking Johnston Canyon is one of the most popular activities in Banff National Park. The well-used trail is a relatively easy climb, making it enjoyable for almost every age and fitness ability. Begin by hiking the series of catwalks and bridges that bring you deep into the canyon until you reach the lower falls. You'll find plenty of jaw-dropping viewpoints along the way. Accessing the upper falls requires a little more exertion due to the elevation gain. Once at the top, you'll have an unobstructed view of the canyon's cascading waterfalls.
Bike or walk along the Bow Falls Trail for picturesque river views. Easily accessed from Central Park in downtown Banff, this gentle paved pathway, on the south side of the river, offers a leisurely way to explore the area's pristine beauty. Plan to make the Bow Falls Viewpoint a stop along your route. Take the stairs to the cliff point lookout to see the rushing waterfall from a different perspective. Does the scene look familiar? It may, as this famous Banff sight has been featured in a handful of Hollywood movies.
Cascade Waterfall can be seen from the TransCanada Highway between Canmore and Banff. If you want to take a closer look, exit towards Lake Minnewanka and park across from Cascade Ponds. Then it's just a short hike across the Banff airstrip to the base of the trickling falls. Watch for wildlife, as the expansive grassy field is a grazing ground for elk and deer. Cascade Waterfall is also a hotspot for ice climbers throughout the winter months, so keep an eye out next time you're driving through Banff.
Tip: If you're craving another scene-stealing waterfall, hop over to Yoho National Park. Takakkaw Falls, located about 40 minutes west of Lake Louise, is the second tallest waterfall in Canada and well worth the drive.