Located right on the (only) road between Lake Louise and Jasper, about 45 minutes south of Jasper townsite, the Sunwapta Falls Resort has been a favourite of mine ever since I started stopping there for coffee when I ran organized tours in the Canadian Rockies. This two-night stay was the first time I have actually spent time there overnight and I am happy to say it did not disappoint.
The cabins are well appointed, each with a real wood-burning fireplace and quasi-kitchenette (no stove). It appeared to me that all the suites had a door to an adjoining suite so if you're looking for accommodation for a large family, this locale is an excellent choice.
The staff is very friendly and attentive to your needs. There was a minor issue with my coffee carafe. I reported the issue as I went into the restaurant for breakfast and before I had finished breakfast I was told that the issue was resolved.
The evening dinner restaurant doubles as a large coffee shop during the day but the ambiance in the lodge itself suits itself well to both roles. A few white tablecloths, good quality cutlery and dishes transforms the space well. The fireplace adds much to the feel of the lodge.
The fare offered at the restaurant is of excellent quality and exceeded my (high) expectations. The menu choices ranged from a couple of vegetarian options, chicken and beef culminating with the exotic. I thoroughly enjoyed the tenderloin of bison and wapiti (elk). The elk stew looked really good too. While the average price for a main course on the menu was just over $20.00, for such exotic options, be prepared to drop a pretty penny. The tenderloins dish was over $50.00 while the stew was $32.00. A little above the norm but well worth every penny if you're the adventurous type, gastronomically speaking.
Roughly 1 kilometre (1/2 mile) down the side road are the Sunwapta Falls. This resort has no swimming pool nor lakeside vista but this apparent lack is well made-up by a stroll to the very impressive falls. Hiking is an excellent day-time activity with well-marked and well-maintained Parks Canada trails. Some of the hikes can be challenging but many are not difficult at all.
It is isolated- once darkness falls, the number of cars on the highway drops to about 5 or 6 per hour- yet it has all the comforts of home.
My overall experience at the resort was excellent. The rooms are well appointed and my bed rated a 10/10 in comfort. I would have been very happy with my experience were this resort a hotel in town but considering that the nearest commercial activity is 45 minutes up the road in Jasper makes it all the more compelling.
In short, I yearn for places like Sunwapta Falls Resort and I'd return there in heart-beat. If you're looking for a place to get away from it all, plan on a sojourn here.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A recent recipient of TripAdvisor's Certificate of Excellence, Sunwapta Falls Rocky Mountain Lodge is an ideal choice if you're looking to unplug from the hectic pace of regular life. Most often chosen for our location, the lodge is a scenic 45-minute drive south of downtown Jasper. We're open from mid-May to early-October.Our location provides a less distracted experience of our natural surroundings. Located just off the Icefields Parkway, our cabin-style accommodation is nestled in the forest between mountains and lakes with just a short walk to the beautiful Sunwapta Falls and many major attractions nearby. In the evenings its just us, the stars, the sound of the falls and the scent of wood burning as it crackles in our many fireplaces. There's no cell phone reception and there are no phones in the rooms. Despite our rustic setting, our accommodations are immaculately kept with award wining housekeeping practices, and our evening dining is not to be missed. Satellite internet is provided via WiFi at no charge and satellite TV is also provided at no charge. With only 50 rooms, the service at Sunwapta is exceptionally high. Our front desk commits time to each guest, providing complementary expert advice and daily customized sightseeing agendas to help you experience those WOW moments. We also act as ticketing agents for all the major and minor attractions. During your stay with us, we will take care of all your activity bookings and daily planning. Each and every one of our staff is entirely committed to helping you have a truly memorable experience in Jasper National Park. Prepare to be 'treated like royalty'!A 2 star property, Sunwapta offers a mix of cabin-style accommodations with real wood-burning stone fireplaces (includes complementary wood and service), and contemporary hotel style rooms. Our accommodations are suitable for romantic getaways and family vacations. We look forward to helping you experience the best of Jasper... wonderful by nature. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Sunwapta Falls Rocky Mountain Hotel Jasper
- Sunwapta Falls Hotel
- Hotel Sunwapta Falls