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COOL WINTER GUIDE: Stories and information for all things winter in Alberta. Heading on a winter road trip? Consider checking out Sunwapta Falls in Jasper National Park along the Icefields Parkway. Popular year-round, Sunwapta Falls offers quick and easy access to a magical icefall and is well worth the pit stop.
Jasper National Park is nestled in the heart of the Rocky Mountains and is a beautiful year-round escape for nature enthusiasts and adventure seekers. While the summer season draws crowds in pursuit of Jasper’s rich forests and vibrant wildflowers, today we are checking out one of its most enchanting gems to discover in the winter – Sunwapta Falls.
Tucked away along the Icefields Parkway, this stunning cascade of water, is a melody of nature, beckoning visitors with its mesmerizing beauty. If you’re itching for a spectacular winter adventure that feels like a page straight out of a fairytale, pack your bags and get ready to be enchanted by the beauty of Sunwapta Falls in all its frozen glory.
Nature’s Ice Sculpture
Sunwapta means “turbulent waters” and got its name from the Stoney Nakoda First Nations. The Sunwapta River has carved its way through the mountains to form a deep canyon and is fed from the Athabasca Glacier and flows into the Athabasca River. The falls are divided into two distinct sections – the upper and lower falls. Each has its charm, the upper falls boasting a powerful cascade and the lower falls revealing a more gentle yet equally captivating icefall.