If you are traveling from the South, you will pass, Athabasca Glacier, you might even take on a ride with Brewster’s Ice Explorer. The Athabasca Glacier is the head waters for this turbulent river.

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Main chutes of Sunwapta at high water

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Second water falls

At the falls, the Sunwapta River abruptly changes course from northwest to southwest and plunges in a cloud of spray into a deep canyon. Follow a trail along the river and you will find a few more sets of waterfalls which is as beautiful as the last one.

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Second chute

There is a nice trail where you can explore the nearby area or continue on to reach Big Bend (6 km), Athabasca Crossing ( 14 km ), or Fortress Lake (25 km). The trail can be hiked or biked.

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Lower part of Sunwapta Falls

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Main chutes

Seasonal accommodation is nearby if the short stop is not enough. Dining and picnic sites available. It is also the starting point for whitewater rafting on the Sunwapta river 300metres south of Sunwapta Falls Resort. 8 km upstream of the falls, class 3 whitewater rafting is available. You can reserve with the links below.

Main Entrance of Sunwapta Fall Resort

Main Entrance of Sunwapta Fall Resort


Access: From Jasper, head South, Hwy 93A, 55km

Parking: Yes

Trailhead: From Parking Lot

Distance:Short Walk

Activities:Sights / Hiking / Camping / Biking / Rafting



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