We’ll preface this by saying that, as always, it took everything in our power not to flood your eyeballs with TLC lyrics and for that, you are welcome. Instead, we’ll give your corneas something else to fixate on, that, in turn, won’t also get stuck in your head on repeat for the next several days. Fresh air and the beauty of Sunwapta falls!
Fed by the Athabasca glacier, adventurers will find this cascading behemoth just along the Icefields Parkway in Banff National Park.
With an upper and lower falls, we can guarantee that you’re going to want to get photos from every angle, so write this down!
Upper Sunwapta can be easily accessed from the viewpoint parking lot, which is easy enough! The lower falls, however, will require you to hike a while – luckily only 1.3 km through gorgeous lodgepole pine forest, so it won’t take you long to find them.
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Now, we will warn you that if you’re taking off from Calgary, this breathtaking, dang near perfect spot is a bit of a drive but it’s worth every kilometre. To get there, head west on Trans Canada until you hit Highway 93 north, then turn left at the Sunwapta Falls Resort. Lemon Squeezy!
If you’re leaving Edmonton, you head west on Highway 16 then eventually turn left on Highway 93 south. Easy!
According to Travel Alberta, late spring, early summer when the snowmelt is at its peak is the best time to go, but if you don’t get around to it, don’t fret. Sunwapta is an all-season stunner, incredible any time of the year. You won’t be disappointed.
Where: 54 km south of Jasper, off Highway 93, Jasper, Alberta
Distance from Calgary: 364 km (4+ hours)
Distance from Edmonton: (423 km (4.5 hours)