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Lundbreck Falls is one of the most impressive waterfalls in southern Alberta and a must see when road tripping along Highway 3 in the Crowsnest Pass region.
The waterfall is part of the Lundbreck Falls Provincial Recreation Area which is home to a small campground and day use area with picnic tables and viewpoints around the falls. The pool at the base of the falls and river downstream are popular places to fish for rainbow and cutthroat trout.
About Lundbreck Falls
Lundbreck Falls is the largest waterfall on the Crowsnest River, dropping about 12 metres over a rocky ledge and into a canyon.
The waterfall is quite photogenic thanks to its flow being split by a tiny island near the crest of the falls. It’s also backed by a train bridge, forested foothills, and distant mountains.
In the winter Lundbreck Falls becomes partially frozen, draping the canyon’s ledge in long icicles.
Viewing Lundbreck Falls
Once you reach the Lundbreck Falls Provincial Recreation Area there are two parking lots to choose from, one on each side of the falls. If the small lot beside Highway 3A is full, cross the bridge over the river and turn right onto Township Road 73A to get to the south parking lot.
Lundbreck Falls is very accessible and can be admired from viewing decks at both parking areas- no hiking required. If you want to walk to the other side of the falls, just follow the trail alongside the canyon and cross the bridge to get to the other observation area.
The north lot offers the best view of the front of the falls and upstream Crowsnest River. There are also stairs going down to the river so you can get closer to the base of the falls.
Once you go down the stairs, the flat rocks bordering the river are wide enough to safely walk along, but you’ll still want to be extra careful with small children. At the plunge pool there are rocks you can climb on to view the waterfall, but keep in mind they might be slippery from mist coming off the falls.
After visiting the base of Lundbreck Falls, head back up the stairs and across the bridge to get to the trail that leads to the other side of the falls. Don’t miss the wooden deck that’s almost under the bridge for a great view of the river in front of the falls.
From here if you walk under the bridge and continue downstream you’ll soon come to the campground. If you want to keep viewing the waterfall, follow the path towards the south parking lot.
On the south side of the river there are more viewpoints and a fenced area where you can stand next to the brink of the falls. Here you really get a sense of the volume and power of the water rushing over the ledge.
After you’ve enjoyed the waterfall from all the different viewpoints, you could have a picnic at the tables along the top of the canyon or take a walk through the campground.
Camping at Lundbreck Falls
For camping at Lundbreck Falls there are RV sites and walk-in tenting sites. The campground is open from May 12- September 30, weather permitting. Sites can be reserved in advance.
Drinking water and firewood is not available at the Lundbreck Falls campground so campers and day users must bring their own.
Lundbreck Falls Campground
The Lundbreck Falls campground is located beside the Crowsnest River and features 17 unserviced RV sites, 29 powered RV sites, and 12 walk-in tent sites. There also is a small day use area in the campground for picnicking.
The RV campsites are arranged in two loops connected by a walking trail. The east loop has fewer sites that are more spaced out and the larger west loop has some pull-through sites. The tenting sites can be found on the east and west ends of the campground.
Many of the campsites are nicely treed, but there are some that are less sheltered. There are several RV and tent sites that back onto the river offering convenient access to the water for fishing and swimming.
Campground amenities include picnic tables, fire pits, and pit toilets. Firewood and water is not available on site.
From the campground it’s a very short walk to the Lundbreck Falls viewpoint via a trail that goes through the west walk-in tenting area.
Review of the Lundbreck Falls Provincial Recreation Area
Lundbreck Falls is a beautiful, easy to visit waterfall and a great place to stretch your legs on route to Crowsnest Pass. It’s also worth a small detour if you’re on your way to Waterton Lakes National Park.
Besides the natural beauty of the waterfall, the best part about visiting Lundbreck Falls is seeing it from several different vantage points. You can view it on both sides from above, go down to the base, and enjoy it from a little further down the river.
As for the campground, it’s nice to be so close to the falls and Crowsnest River. One downside of the Lundbreck Falls campground is that it lacks some services, such as water and firewood, so it takes a little more preparation to camp here.
Tips for Visiting Lundbreck Falls Provincial Recreation Area
Location: Lundbreck Falls is located in southern Alberta near the hamlet of Lundbreck. It’s about 26 km northwest of Pincher Creek.
Getting There: Lundbreck Falls can be accessed via Highway 3 (the Crowsnest Highway), then by turning left onto Highway 3A.
Facilities: There are outhouses and picnic tables at the Lundbreck Falls day use area.
Campground Reservations: Campsite reservations for the Lundbreck Falls campground can be made by calling Alberta Parks or through their website.
Park and Campground Map: Here is a map of the Lundbreck Falls campground.
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