Sunwapta Falls and Canyon
Sunwapta Falls and Canyon
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  • Christina B
    Louisiana6,214 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
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 30 July 2023
  • Vincent C
    469 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
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 11 September 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
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 26 September 2023
  • Jobylake
    Ottery St. Mary, United Kingdom1,177 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
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 27 October 2023
  • luv4phood
    Marietta, Georgia841 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
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 2 February 2024
  • Elsa C. L.
    New York City, New York4,837 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Also a must enjoy
    Scenic views of mighty sounding and looking upper and lower waterfalls on a sunny day with deep blue skies. The upper water falls is not far from the parking lot. There is a path that does not entail a deep descent and ascent. The lower waterfalls is a 1.2 km hike with some inclined trail portions. The trail also has tree roots above ground. There is a shorter return path away from the fence.
    Visited June 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 7 June 2024
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Yvon D
Nijmegen, The Netherlands541 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 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 17 January 2020
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Eve R
Asheville, NC22 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 13 June 2022
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geo3
Calgary, Canada1,498 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 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 16 October 2020
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Matt P
Coronation, Canada197 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
June 2024 • Family
Everyone is so rude and pushy in both jasper and Banff National parks. Cannot take it in anymore, adults will literally run over children to get a closer look. If coming to Canadian Rockies I highly recommend avoiding jasper and Banff National parks as well as the ice fields Parkway. Sure the falls are nice but the Rockies have nicer and way less people. On a 10 day road trip through mountains and only experienced this type of behaviour in the national parks, go ANYWHERE else in the Rockies just not here!
Written 23 June 2024
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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 11 February 2020
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Vincent C
469 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 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 11 September 2023
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Jaydee1244
Calgary, Canada70 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 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 7 September 2021
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MPP2703
Caythorpe, UK1,838 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
June 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 19 June 2023
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TennisStar602
New Jersey704 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
July 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 12 July 2023
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luv4phood
Marietta, GA841 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 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 2 February 2024
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