Takakkaw Falls

Feature Type:Falls - Perpendicular or steep descent of water. Variation of Waterfall.
Status:
Name Authority: BC Geographical Names Office
Relative Location: On an unnamed tributary just E of Yoho River above Whiskey-jack Creek, in Yoho National Park, Kootenay Land District
Latitude-Longitude: 51°30'00''N, 116°28'24''W at the approximate centre of this feature.
Datum: NAD83
NTS Map: 82N/9
Related Maps: 82N/8
82N/9

Origin Notes and History:

Adopted 1 March 1904, as submitted by Sir William Horne.

Source: BC place name cards, or correspondence to/from BC's Chief Geographer or BC Geographical Names Office

Vertical drop 1,248 feet according to 1965 Parks Canada brochure "Trails in the Yoho Valley." The 3rd highest waterfall in British Columbia and in Canada (after Della Falls and Hunlen Falls) with an unbroken vertical drop of 1,223+ feet (373 metres) according to Chief Geographer's survey, c1972.

Source: BC place name cards, or correspondence to/from BC's Chief Geographer or BC Geographical Names Office

A Cree word meaning "it is magnificent", as identified in Father Lacombe's Cree-French Dictionary, 1874.

Source: BC place name cards, or correspondence to/from BC's Chief Geographer or BC Geographical Names Office

Incorrectly identified in the Encyclopedia of British Columbia, 2000, as the 2nd highest waterfall in BC and in Canada at 254 metres.

Source: BC place name cards, or correspondence to/from BC's Chief Geographer or BC Geographical Names Office