Sunwapta Falls is a waterfall of the Sunwapta River located next to Icefields Parkway Highway 93 in Jasper National Park. The water originates from the Athabasca Glacier and Sunwapta Lake, and volumes are higher in late spring and early summer, caused by glacial meltdown. Sunwapta is a native word that means turbulent water.
Sunwapta Falls consists of a lower and an upper waterfalls. Most tourists see the upper falls as its access is easy and short; the lower falls is a short distance away about 15min hiking. After the falls, Sunwapta River joins with Athabasca River, leading to yet another powerful waterfalls—Athabasca Falls.
On a clear night, Milky Way can be seen over Sunwapta Falls.
There is a hotel next to this waterfalls: Sunwapta Falls Rocky Mountain Lodge (formerly Sunwapta Falls Resort) is open from May to October. The lodge offers rustic log cabins for secluded romantic getaway. Check out its seasonal packages for great discounts, which include accommodation, hot/cold breakfast (better than usual continental breakfast), and dinner voucher.
Exact location of trailhead (parking lot) for Sunwapta Falls is indicated by Green Arrow on the following map (click EXTERNAL LINK below to view map) or check Icefields Parkway Travel Guide.