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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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Lobstick Lodge CA $96
Lobstick Lodge

Lobstick Lodge

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

    Situated in a national park, this eco-friendly hotel is 0.5 mi (0.8 km) from Jasper Activity Centre and within 3 miles (5 km) of Icefields Parkway and Patricia Lake. Jasper-Yellowhead Museum and Archives and Jasper Municipal Library are also within 15 minutes. Jasper Station is 15 minutes by foot.

    Chateau Jasper CA $146
    Chateau Jasper

    Chateau Jasper

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

      Situated in a national park, this eco-friendly hotel is 0.5 mi (0.8 km) from Jasper Activity Centre and within 3 miles (5 km) of Icefields Parkway and Patricia Lake. Jasper-Yellowhead Museum and Archives and Jasper Municipal Library are also within 15 minutes. Jasper Station is 14 minutes by foot.

      Marmot Lodge CA $96
      Marmot Lodge

      Marmot Lodge

      86 Connaught Drive, P.O. Box 1200, Jasper, AB
         
        2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

        Situated in a national park, this eco-friendly motel is 0.8 mi (1.2 km) from Jasper Activity Centre and 1.8 mi (3 km) from Icefields Parkway. Jasper Information Centre National Historic Site and Jasper-Yellowhead Museum and Archives are also within 1 mile (2 km). Jasper Station is 16 minutes by foot.

        Tonquin Inn CA $97
        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 Activity Centre, Icefields Parkway and Patricia Lake. Jasper-Yellowhead Museum and Archives and Jasper Municipal Library are also within 15 minutes. Jasper Station is 16 minutes by foot.

          Sawridge Inn Jasper CA $105
          Sawridge Inn Jasper

          Sawridge Inn Jasper

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

            Situated in a national park, this spa hotel is 0.9 mi (1.4 km) from Jasper Activity Centre and 2.1 mi (3.3 km) from Icefields Parkway. Jasper-Yellowhead Museum and Archives and Jasper Municipal Library are also within 1 mile (2 km). Jasper Station is 19 minutes by foot.

            Mount Robson Inn CA $179
            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 1 mi (2 km) of Jasper Artists Guild and Icefields Parkway. Jasper Municipal Library and Jasper Information Centre National Historic Site are also within 15 minutes. Jasper Station is 13 minutes by foot.

              Whistler's Inn CA $129
              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 Information Centre National Historic Site and Icefields Parkway. Patricia Lake is 3 mi (4.8 km) away. Jasper Station is only a 1-minute walk.

                The Crimson Jasper CA $157
                The Crimson Jasper

                The Crimson Jasper

                200 Connaught Drive, P.O. Box 1200, Jasper, AB
                   
                  2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Situated in a national park, this eco-friendly motel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Jasper Information Centre National Historic Site and Icefields Parkway. Patricia Lake is 2.9 mi (4.7 km) away. Jasper Station is 8 minutes by foot.