#57 – Fan Falls along with bonus Lowest Maligne Canyon Falls

#57 – Fan Falls along with bonus Lowest Maligne Canyon Falls

March 31, 2018 – Determined to get the last waterfall in the Maligne Canyon out of the way, Dana and I ventured out to find Fan Falls.

To get there, you can see the last post (http://albertawaterfallchasers.com/2018/05/17/54-to-56-the-maligne-canyon-falls/) when we went to the other waterfalls there.  The only difference would be if you just wanted to go to Fan Falls, the easiest access would be from Bridge #5 which is where we went this time…

You can see it’s a much closer turnoff than the further bridges.  There’s a sign on Maligne Lake Rd showing you to turn left…

From there you park in the parking lot and you’re ready to hike.  There are lots of signs so you can’t miss the trailhead…

It begins with a bridge across the Maligne River…

Here’s a view upstream (where you’ll be going) from the bridge…

After the bridge you’ll see the customary directional signs…

You’ll follow the Canyon Trail along the river upstream for roughly 300m, although maybe the Database was short-changing that.  The trail itself takes you way up on the high bank…

We thought we would have run into it fairly quickly and came to this spot…

We looked upstream and didn’t see much.  Maybe this was the remains of a long lost forgotten Fan Falls?  Our legs weren’t tired yet so we proceeded further upstream to make sure, and it was good we did!  Just when we were doubting the Database for this one, we stumbled upon a lookout point…

And then sure enough we saw an elevation change in the river…

At least 15 feet tall?  Pretty sure!  Must be Fan Falls!  It actually wasn’t, so we’re going to call it a bonus waterfall “Lowest Maligne Canyon Falls”.  Here’s a pic from above…

Thinking this was Fan Falls and the end of our journey, I thought I’d spend the time to go right down to it.  Here are a few pics…

This time it was Dana to get lucky and find what we were supposed to find.  She went to the top of the waterfall and heard some rushing water.  Sure enough just a little upstream was the real Fan Falls!

Here’s a quick video…

Visibility was clear that day so we had a scenic drive out of Jasper…

And so concluded our 57th waterfall of Alberta – Fan Falls, along with a little bonus waterfall – the Lowest Maligne Canyon Falls 🙂


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