Kakwa Falls, Alberta’s tallest waterfall, is a breathtaking 30m high waterfall along Kakwa River in Kakwa Wildland Park. This forest wildlife conservation park is 160km southwest of Grande Prairie and can be accessed through the forestry road network south of Highway 666, approximately 30km south of Two Lakes Provincial Park. Check map and pdf brochure below for exact driving direction.
During autumn 2007 Thanksgiving long weekend, I was invited to join people from Valleyview Emmanuel Baptist Church for an ATV trip to Kakwa Falls. I was at Pastor Keith’s home for Thanksgiving dinner the night before, and he asked me to go. I said sure, even though I didn’t know exactly where we were going!! All I heard from him was something “quack quack”?!?! ò.ó I was new in Valleyview. The whole Peace Country Area was an uncharted terriroty to me back then. I didn’t even have a car to explore! Well, I thought since it was an excursion, it should be fun. I’m glad I went; it was a once-in-a-lifetime experience for me. Kakwa Falls is located in such a remote area next to Willmore Wildness Park that, when I think of it now, the trip was probably the last and only chance for me. I’m grateful for the church’s invitation. I’ll definitely go there again if another opportunity arises. I’ll be more prepared since now I know what the trip is actually involved!!! :p
Recreational activities in Kakwa Wildland Park are backcountry camping, backcountry hiking, horseback riding, hunting, ATV riding, snowmobiling, and wildlife viewing.
How to Get to Kakwa Falls?
Even thought Kakwa Falls is near Grande Cache, there is no direct road access from Grande Cache to Kakwa Falls. The easiest way to get to Kakwa Fall is through forest roads starting from Grande Prairie as detailed below.
One side note: You can go from Grande Cache, through Willmore Wilderness Park, and then to Kakwa Falls Park, but it will take days by means of horseback riding, ATV, hiking.
Kilometre 0: Grande Prairie – go south on Hwy 40 then west on Hwy 666.
Kilometre 11: Grovedale – road is paved for approximately 16 kilometres beyond Grovedale; from there, it is a maintained gravel road used heavily by industry.
Kilometre 138: Two Lakes Provincial Park – three campgrounds (Gunderson Meadow, Pine Hollow & Moberly Flats) provide rustic camping facilities including fire pits, picnic tables, privies and potable water.
Kilometre 149: Lick Creek – only 4-wheel drive vehicles are suitable on the unmaintained trail from here to Kakwa Falls; there are creek crossings and wet areas along this route.
Kilometre 160: Kakwa Wildland Park boundary.
Kilometre 164: Deadhorse Meadows equestrian staging area.
Kilometre 168: Kakwa day use area and Kakwa Falls viewpoint.
Exact location of the waterfalls is indicated by Green Arrow on the following map (click EXTERNAL LINK below to view map).
For more driving direction to Kakwa Falls, please view this brochure.