Sunwapta Falls and Canyon
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  • cindy2810
    Lloydminster, Canada182 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worth the stop
    Definitely worth seeing! Beautiful views and the falls are gorgeous. Different lengths of hiking. Check out the gift store as well as they have lots of neat things in there. The restaurant there is quite pricy, we got 3 orders of fries and gravy, a dessert, a bowl of stew and a drink and it cost $64 CAD.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written May 31, 2023
  • MPP2703
    Caythorpe, United Kingdom1,831 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Well worth a stop.
    Definitely worth the stop. These are not as stunning as their local neighbour, Athabasca Falls, but still worth a visit. Car parking I believe can be an issue in peak times, we arrived mid afternoon and it was fine for us. It is a short walk from carpark to the fall. Do note that the way down can be slippy, so good footwear or just taking care is essential. But it is nature at it's best and well worth a visit.
    Visited June 2023
    Written June 19, 2023
  • Paul J
    Bishops Stortford, United Kingdom327 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Stunning
    If you stop here do yourself a favour and go to the lower and upper falls. They’re both beautiful and it’s a gentle walk to the lower falls which are well worth seeing. Probably about an hour to see both and you’ll be glad you did.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 10, 2023
  • TennisStar602
    New Jersey656 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    This waterfall was beautiful, but it got very crowded with spectators.
    I enjoyed watching this waterfall, and the color of the water was really gorgeous. There were many maintain paths for individuals to traverse. It did get crowded in this area, but I thought that it was less crowded than Athabaska Falls. This waterfall was further from Banff National Park.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written July 12, 2023
  • Christina B
    Louisiana6,204 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great Views of Upper & Lower
    The Upper falls are easy to see, but to really see it fully you need to walk up the incline to the lower falls. You miss the big fall by only stopping at the bridge. The walk to the lower falls are not bad. The return is a little harder because of the incline, but it’s not horrible. We enjoyed both falls. Hike to lower was around .8 of a mile each way after you see the upper falls.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 30, 2023
  • Vincent C
    464 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lovely Place but needs more Parking
    Considering this locatipon offers a 1hr in and out hike, it NEEDS a larger parking lot. On the way up to Jasper we gave up on this palce due to the cars. On the way down it wasn't as busy so we visited it. The upper falls is by far more pretty and accessible. The lower falls was nice but not sure if it was worth the hike.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 11, 2023
  • Sabes
    Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania52 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful, gushing falls through a canyon. Lower falls have three falls in one.
    Upper falls were stunning. Short, easy walk from parking lot with fast gushing water. We couldn't imagine the Lower falls being even better per the reviews but the Lower falls were as beautiful and gushing as the upper falls but there were three falls in one. The hike down is a fairly easy, gradual downhill hike over roots and rocks. You are rewarded with several photo spots along the way. We took our time coming up and at age 65 and 66, we did the entire Lower falls hike in an hour. Don't skip it if you have the time.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 26, 2023
  • Jobylake
    Ottery St. Mary, United Kingdom1,166 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Very busy in high season
    Even though it was busy on the day we visited, it is still worth the stop. Be prepared to wait to park the car. It is a pleasant walk around the falls and canyon areas. It would be better if there was more picnic benches around to enable people to stop, sit and watch the world (and water) go by.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written October 27, 2023
  • luv4phood
    Marietta, Georgia809 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Visit late in the afternoon for lighter crowds.
    There are lots of beautiful falls and canyons along the Icefields Parkway. The Sunwapta Falls were our last stop after a long day of sightseeing on the parkway. We were fortunate to find the falls nearly empty. Most visitors make a quick stop a the upper falls. There is also a longer hike of about two miles round trip to the lower falls. If you have the time, it is a nice quiet hike. The lower falls are not as impressive as the upper falls.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written February 2, 2024
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Yvon D
Nijmegen, The Netherlands540 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2019
54 kkm south of Japer. Lost of parking space and a short walk to the falls. Sunwapta means roring river. I loved this place even more than Athabasca Falls and there were less people here. If you go here you will have beautiful light from the sunset over the falls and the mountains. Absolutely stunning!
Written January 17, 2020
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Eve R
Asheville, NC21 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022
The falls were really beautiful. As all Rocky Mt falls tend to be, but the real delight of this area is the Sunwapta Falls Lodge and Restaurant. We were treated like royalty by the staff at the Lodge. ANd the food was really really really good. The shop amazing but nothing beats the care and service of the entire staff.
Written June 13, 2022
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geo3
Calgary, Canada1,466 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2020
The falls are not quite as impressive as nearby Athabasca Falls (Athabasca Falls are larger), but Sunwapta is definitely worth a stop if you are driving the Jasper-Banff Highway, as it is only a short drive off the highway. The canyon downstream from the falls is also very impressive. Lots of parking.

But please - don't ignore the signs to stay behind the fences. The fences are there for a reason. It was very disconcerting to see two or three people climbing the fences and getting very close to the falls so they could get photos beside the falls. People die at this location every year because of that behaviour.
Written October 16, 2020
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TLG444
Canada992 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019
It's a short walk from the parking area to take in the falls surrounded by stunning nature. It was far less busy than many of the other stops along the Icefields Parkway.
If you can, avoid parking near the outhouses ...
Written February 11, 2020
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Vincent C
464 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2023 • Couples
Considering this locatipon offers a 1hr in and out hike, it NEEDS a larger parking lot. On the way up to Jasper we gave up on this palce due to the cars. On the way down it wasn't as busy so we visited it.

The upper falls is by far more pretty and accessible. The lower falls was nice but not sure if it was worth the hike.
Written September 11, 2023
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Jaydee1244
Calgary, Canada70 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2021
I saw these falls in September in the evening around 6 pm and they were nice/scenic but I expected them to look a little different based off google photos. I thought they were still beautiful but I wasn't as "wowed" in person as compared to seeing photos online. I preferred Athabasca Falls to this one.
Written September 7, 2021
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MPP2703
Caythorpe, UK1,831 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023
Definitely worth the stop. These are not as stunning as their local neighbour, Athabasca Falls, but still worth a visit. Car parking I believe can be an issue in peak times, we arrived mid afternoon and it was fine for us. It is a short walk from carpark to the fall. Do note that the way down can be slippy, so good footwear or just taking care is essential. But it is nature at it's best and well worth a visit.
Written June 19, 2023
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TennisStar602
New Jersey656 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Solo
I enjoyed watching this waterfall, and the color of the water was really gorgeous. There were many maintain paths for individuals to traverse. It did get crowded in this area, but I thought that it was less crowded than Athabaska Falls. This waterfall was further from Banff National Park.
Written July 12, 2023
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luv4phood
Marietta, GA809 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2023 • Couples
There are lots of beautiful falls and canyons along the Icefields Parkway. The Sunwapta Falls were our last stop after a long day of sightseeing on the parkway. We were fortunate to find the falls nearly empty. Most visitors make a quick stop a the upper falls. There is also a longer hike of about two miles round trip to the lower falls. If you have the time, it is a nice quiet hike. The lower falls are not as impressive as the upper falls.
Written February 2, 2024
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Wendy R
39 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022
On our drive back from Jasper to Banff, we made several stops to see both Athabasca and Sunwapta. Athabasca was very crowded whereas Sunwapta was less so. We hiked down to the lower falls. It was a great hike and very few people.
Written July 15, 2022
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