Sunwapta Lake, River, Canyon, Falls

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.”

Sunwapta Lake

Sunwapta Lake at the toe of Athabasca Glacier of Columbia Icefield along Icefields Parkway Highway 93 during Summer Morning - Jasper National Park, Alberta, Canada | SAMTSAI.COM

June 2, 2011: Sunwapta Lake at the toe of Athabasca Glacier of Columbia Icefield. So beautiful in a tranquil summer morning!

Sunwapta River

Sunwapta River Flowing along Icefields Parkway away from Columbia Icefield - Jasper National Park, Alberta, Canada | SAM TSAI . COM

June 2, 2011: Sunwapta River flowing away Columbia Icefield

Sunwapta Canyon

Sunwapta Canyon along Icefields Parkway nearby Tangle Falls - Jasper National Park, Alberta, Canada | SAMTSAI.COM

June 1, 2011: Sunwapta River then passes through this canyon nearby Tangle Falls.


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.

Sunwapta Canyon Lookout Viewpoint nearby Tangle Creek Falls - Jasper National Park, Alberta, Canada | SAM TSAI . COM

June 1, 2011: Sunwapta Canyon Lookout Viewpoint nearby Tangle Creek Falls

Sunwapta River nearby Tangle Creek Falls - Jasper National Park, Alberta, Canada | SAMTSAI.COM

June 1, 2011: Sunwapta River nearby Tangle Creek Falls

Sunwapta Falls

Sunwapta Falls in Summer Afternoon - Jasper National Park, Alberta, Canada | SAM TSAI . COM

June 2, 2011: Eventually Sunwapta River drops through this amazing waterfall to join Athabasca River down below.

Map

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.


EXTERNAL LINK

2 thoughts on “Sunwapta Lake, River, Canyon, Falls

  1. Amazing pictures. We love Canada, The Rockies, Jasper, Icefield Parkway and Bannf so much. The most beautiful lake for us is Peyto Lake. Now (14th of June, 2014) we stay in Edmonton and in 4 days we come again in Jasper, Nordegg and Bannf.

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