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Sunwapta Falls

Visit one of the most impressive waterfalls in the Canadian Rockies. Moose and grizzly bears roam the area, so be prepared for amazing wildlife encounters!

Sunwapta Falls consists of two waterfalls, one above the other. Both carve deep into the limestone to create a forceful torrent of water, falling from 60 feet (18 meters) and 30 feet (9 meters) respectively. The water itself originates from the famous Athabasca Glacier. Whether this is a fast photo stop-off or the starting point of some outdoor activities, you’ll want to take some time to admire the roaring falls.

The Sunwapta Falls are on the start of a 15-mile (25-kilometer) trail that leads to Fortress Lake and Hamber Provincial Park. Along the route, you’ll pass through the Chaba River Valley. A wildfire in 1967 actually rejuvenated much of the subalpine forest here. Since then it has been noted for its high population of moose and bear. You have the option to walk shorter trails around the falls.

In summer, you can also rent bikes, go rafting on the Sunwapta river, or even enjoy a camping trip in the area.

When hiking or biking around the area, it’s recommended you make noise as you go, so as not to give any bears a sudden shock which may lead to an attack. Clap, sing, or loudly talk with your companions and never approach the bears deliberately. 

For a safe grizzly bear encounter, go to Sunwapta Falls Rocky Mountain Lodge. Here, you can meet Holo-Bear, their virtual, talking reproduction of a Kodiak grizzly. It’s a hit with kids, young and old. The lodge is also a good place to buy souvenirs and to refresh with a hearty meal. If you want to remain in the area for a while, check into one of its cabins, each one equipped with a fireplace. 

From Jasper, Sunwapta Falls Rocky Mountain Lodge is a 45-minute drive southeast along Icefields Parkway. To see Sunwapta Falls at its best, visit in late spring, when the waterflow is at its peak due to fast-melting glacier water.


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Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge CA $207
Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge

Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge

Old Lodge Road, Jasper, AB
     
    4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Situated in a national park, this spa resort is steps away from Jasper National Park and Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge Golf Course. Icefields Parkway and Maligne Lake are also within 3 mi (5 km).

    Tonquin Inn CA $108
    Tonquin Inn

    Tonquin Inn

    100 Juniper Avenue, Jasper, AB
       
      3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Conveniently near to skiing facilities, this Jasper hotel is located in the mountains within 3 miles (5 km) of Jasper National Park, Icefields Parkway and Patricia Lake. Jasper Activity Centre and Jasper-Yellowhead Museum and Archives are also within 15 minutes. Jasper Station is 16 minutes by foot.

      Mount Robson Inn CA $130
      Mount Robson Inn

      Mount Robson Inn

      902 Connaught Drive, Jasper, AB
         
        2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

        Situated in a national park, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Jasper National Park and Icefields Parkway. Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge Golf Course is 2.8 mi (4.6 km) away. Jasper Station is 13 minutes by foot.

        Sawridge Inn Jasper
        Sawridge Inn Jasper

        Sawridge Inn Jasper

        76 Connaught Dr, Jasper, AB
           
          3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

          Situated near the airport, this spa hotel is Jasper National Park and 2.1 mi (3.3 km) from Icefields Parkway. Jasper Activity Centre and Jasper-Yellowhead Museum and Archives are also within 1 mile (2 km). Jasper Station is 19 minutes by foot.

          Lobstick Lodge
          Lobstick Lodge

          Lobstick Lodge

          94 Geikie St, Po Box 1200, Jasper, AB
             
            2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

            Situated in Jasper, this eco-friendly hotel is Jasper National Park and within 3 miles (5 km) of Icefields Parkway and Patricia Lake. Jasper Activity Centre and Jasper-Yellowhead Museum and Archives are also within 15 minutes. Jasper Station is 15 minutes by foot.

            Maligne Lodge CA $99
            Maligne Lodge

            Maligne Lodge

            912 Connaught Drive, Jasper, AB
               
              2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located near the slopes, this Jasper hotel is situated in the mountains and within 1 mile (2 km) of Jasper National Park, Icefields Parkway and Jasper Artists Guild. Jasper Municipal Library and Jasper Information Centre National Historic Site are also within 15 minutes. Jasper Station is 14 minutes by foot.

              Chateau Jasper
              Chateau Jasper

              Chateau Jasper

              96 Geikie Street, Jasper, AB
                 
                3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Situated in Jasper, this spa hotel is Jasper National Park and within 3 miles (5 km) of Icefields Parkway and Patricia Lake. Jasper Activity Centre and Jasper-Yellowhead Museum and Archives are also within 15 minutes. Jasper Station is 14 minutes by foot.

                Whistler's Inn CA $125
                Whistler's Inn

                Whistler's Inn

                105 Miette Ave, Jasper, AB
                   
                  3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in the heart of Jasper, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Jasper National Park and Icefields Parkway. Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge Golf Course and Patricia Lake are also within 3 miles (5 km). Jasper Station is only a 1-minute walk.