If you find yourself with a free weekend this summer and you're not sure what to do, then you should definitely try one of these waterfall road trips from Calgary! Waterfalls are fascinating because they're so intense—you hear the thundering rush of water and you feel a mist on your skin. We've found a few of the best waterfalls to check out close to Calgary so you'll never go a weekend without plans.

Each of these road trips can be easily done in a day so they're easy to fit into your schedule without making any campsite reservations or overnight plans. People come from all over the world to see the lakes and rivers in Alberta, why not take advantage of the beauty in your backyard? The summer blockbusters will wait another week in theatres, head outside for some fresh air and waterfall chasing!

Sheep River Falls

Address: Sheep River Rd, Turner Valley, AB T0L 2A0

Distance From Calgary: 1.5 hours

Why you need to go: The crystal clear Sheep River is a stunning sight and you'll find mesmerizing pools and eddies along the way, plus there's this great lookout point!

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Crescent Falls

Address: Crescent Falls, Clearwater County, AB

Distance From Calgary: 3.5 hours

Why you need to go: A 2.5 KM trail will bring you to this incredible Crescent Falls and the dramatic river valley.

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Athabasca Falls

Address: Improvement District No. 12, AB T0E 1E0

Distance From Calgary: 4.5 hours

Why you need to go: Find this popular waterfall after just a 1 KM hike and see the rushing water with a backdrop of colourful mountains. 

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Takakkaw Falls

Address: Takakkaw Falls, Yoho National Park, BC V0A 1G0

Distance From Calgary: 2.5 hours

Why you need to go: Visit BC to see this fluffy and misty waterfall that's one of the tallest in Canada!

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