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Takakkaw Falls (/ˈtækəkɔː/; also spelled Takkakaw[1]) is a waterfall located in Yoho National Park, near Field, British Columbia in Canada. The falls have a total height of 373 metres (1,224 ft),[1] making it the 2nd tallest waterfall in Canada.[3][4] The main drop of the waterfall has a height of 254 metres (833 ft).[1]

Takakkaw Falls
Takakkaw Falls.jpg
Takakkaw Falls pictured in 2004
Takakkaw Falls is located in British Columbia
Takakkaw Falls
Location in British Columbia
LocationYoho National Park, British Columbia, Canada
Coordinates51°29′59″N 116°28′22″W / 51.49972°N 116.47278°W / 51.49972; -116.47278 (Takakkaw Falls)Coordinates: 51°29′59″N 116°28′22″W / 51.49972°N 116.47278°W / 51.49972; -116.47278 (Takakkaw Falls)
Total height373 m (1,224 ft)
Number of drops3
Longest drop254 m (833 ft)
Average width23 m (75 ft)
WatercourseYoho River

"Takakkaw" translates to "wonderful" in Cree.[1] The falls are fed by the meltwater of the Daly Glacier, which is part of the Waputik Icefield.[1][2][3][4] The glacier keeps the volume of the falls up during the warm summer months, and they are a tourist attraction, particularly in late spring after the heavy snow melts, when the falls are at peak condition.[4]



Various sources place the total vertical height of Takakkaw Falls between 302 m (991 ft) and 373 m (1,224 ft).[1][2] The waterfall was formerly thought to be the tallest in Canada, but a new survey in 1985 found that it is actually shorter than Della Falls on Vancouver Island.[1] The results of that survey also concluded that the main drop of the falls is 254 metres (833 ft) high.[1]

In popular cultureEdit

The Takakkaw Falls were featured in the 1995 film Last of the Dogmen.[citation needed]


See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i "Takakkaw Falls". Encyclopædia Britannica. Retrieved 25 February 2019.
  2. ^ a b c "Takakkaw Falls". World Waterfall Database. Retrieved 25 February 2019.
  3. ^ a b Evans, David. "Takakkaw Falls". The Canadian Encyclopedia. Retrieved 25 February 2019.
  4. ^ a b c "Waterfalls in the Canadian Rockies: Field, British Columbia". Retrieved 13 August 2018.

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