A sometimes overlooked destination within Jasper National Park, that travellers pass by en route through the Icefields Parkway, is an easily accessible utopia for waterfall lovers. Beauty Creek lies about eighty five kilometres south of Jasper and two kilometres south of the HI Beauty Creek Hostel, along Highway 93. The 3.2 km out-and-back trail to Stanley Falls, located here, is easily accessible to all ages.
A small parking area, just off the highway on the left when driving south, sits near the Beauty Creek trailhead. Not much is needed in the way of preparation beyond, carrying bear spray, a light snack and a bottle of water or two for this highly rewarding stroll that quickly leads hikers into a series of canyons and waterfalls. On August 1, 2021, when we tackled the Beauty Creek Trail to Stanley Falls, smoke from wildfires greatly impeded the view of surrounding mountains. It was an extremely busy weekend in Jasper National Park as well, and we still managed to spend time alone at several swimming holes and waterfalls along this trail.
A key landmark for hikers in the area is Stanley Falls, a gorgeous turquoise blue falls spilling into a large pool. It sits about two metres wide, twelve metres tall and is one of the only named waterfalls along the route. Many travellers tend to turn back at this point, after spending some time appreciating this natural wonder. However, the trail continues into a less maintained forested area for those who are not ready to call it a day, following the stream and boasting plenty of naturally beautiful resting and picnic locations. This plunging punchbowl, glacial fed waterfall is best viewed from May to October, according to the World Waterfall Database.
Check out the full gallery from our 2021 visit to Beauty Creek Trail below.