Awesome Alberta: Explore the stunning Sunwapta Falls (PHOTOS)

Jul 21 2020, 1:28 pm

COVID-19 still presents a very real and dangerous threat to public health. While much of Alberta’s outdoors have been reopened to visitors, it is recommended to plan ahead, check local restrictions and current public health measures, and avoid any areas that may be too crowded. 

Sunwapta Falls is a historic marvel that was created by a shift in nature, forming three beautifully flowing waterfalls.

Many years ago, an abrupt change in the Sunwapta River caused a large gorge to form creating the Sunwapta Falls we see today.

Over time, the height of the falls has reached around 75 metres high. The falls are a breathtaking way to spend a summer afternoon and also a chance for you to reconnect with nature.

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With upper and lower falls, the view is in your hands! The upper falls are located a short walk from the parking lot, with the lower falls only a 2-km hike down.

For those who really love nature, there are a few great hikes that afford you even better views of the falls from a variety of angles.

For your own safety, please make sure you are prepared before heading out on your next adventure. Information on how to prepare for your trip and stay safe while on your hike is available from Albertaparks.ca and AdventureSmart. Parks Canada visitor guidelines are available here. Always remember to leave no trace, pack out what you pack in, stick to designated trails, and refrain from feeding wildlife — and please note that irresponsibly taken selfies (even if they look great for the ‘gram) can be fatal

 

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Where is it?

Sunwapta Falls is located in the Icefields Parkway, about 55 km away from the town of Jasper.

 

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How do you get there?

From Calgary, follow 6th Avenue SW and Bow Trail SW to Sarcee Trail SW. From there, hop onto Trans-Canada Hwy/AB-1 W and AB-93 N to Improvement District No. 12 for 351 km. Take the Alberta 93 exit toward Jasper/Rocky Mountain House and the falls will be on your left.

Those driving from Edmonton will need to make the 4.5 hour journey along Highway 16 before heading south down the Icefields Parkway.

 

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What’s there?

You mean the gorgeous waterfall, scenic hikes, and historical importance weren’t quite enough for you? Well, there’s a really cool mini-island of trees in the middle of the falls to check out. From there, a short hike to the valley gives you the opportunity to check out where the turbulent falls turn into the calm lake water.

 

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