Sunwapta Falls

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Sunwapta Falls

Sunwapta Falls are a couple of waterfalls of the Sunwapta River located in Jasper National Park, Canada.

It is accessible via a short drive off the Icefields Parkway that connects Jasper and Banff National Parks. The falls have a drop of about 18.5 metres. Sunwapta is a Stoney (Assiniboine) word that means turbulent water. It is most spectacular in the late spring when the spring melt is at its peak.

There are actually two falls, a lower and an upper one. The one most people see is the upper falls as access is easy. The lower falls are a short distance away.

The water originates from the Athabasca Glacier, and volumes are higher in early summer, caused by glacial meltdown.

It is a class 6 waterfall, with a drop of 60 ft (18 m) and a width of 30 ft (9.1 m).[1]


  1. ^ Waterfalls of the Pacific Northwest. "Sunwapta Falls". Retrieved 2007-07-01. 

Coordinates: 52°31′56″N 117°38′43″W / 52.5322°N 117.6453°W / 52.5322; -117.6453