Sunwapta Lake is a glacial-fed lake formed at the toe of Athabasca Glacier of Columbia Icefield. This lake is considered the nominal source for Sunwapta River, which continues to run northwest through Jasper National Park, following the Icefields Parkway, and finally joins the Athabasca River shortly after Sunwapta Falls.
Sunwapta is a Stoney Indian word meaning “turbulent river.”
This viewpoint (parking lot) along Sunwapta Valley is the future location of Glacier Skywalk project, currently under construction. The Glacier Skywalk is a curved, glass walkway stretching 30 meters from sheer cliff, and dangling in the mid-air; it will give visitors a thrilling experience over the deep canyon down below while at the same time providing a closer look at Stutfield Glacier—one of the six glaciers that make up Columbia Icefield. The other five glaciers are Athabasca Glacier, Castleguard Glacier, Columbia Glacier, Dome Glacier, and Saskatchewan Glacier.
Exact location of Sunwapta Lake is indicated by Green Arrow on the following map (click EXTERNAL LINK below to view map) or check Icefields Parkway Travel Guide.