The Beauty of Sunwapta Waterfall
If you want to visit the Sunwapta waterfall at Jasper National Park in Canada, the easiest way would be to take a short drive through Icefields Parkway Jasper and Banff National Parks. The beauty of this 18.5 meter high and 9.1 metre wide fall can be appreciated in its full form during the late spring when the spring melt gushes down to form a spectacular sight. The Sunwapta Falls, which stands for 'turbulent water' in Assiniboine actually consists of an upper and lower falls. The upper falls is easier to access and hence draws more visitors while the lower falls is a little bit far. If you once lay your eyes upon the sheer majesty of this falls, the acrylic fridge magnet souvenir of Sunwapta waterfall can help treasure your memories close to your eyes and heart.
Some Interesting Facts about Sunwapta Falls
Sunwapta falls is a class 6 waterfall on the Sunwapta River caused by meltdown of the Athabasca Glacier in early summer and it has a breathtaking mountain backdrop to add to its magnificence. You can get safe views of the falls from the footbridge built over the gorge as well as from the car park below. Although the majority of tourists prefer to visit the upper falls, you can have an entirely different experience if you go for the lower falls of Sunwapta.
The powerful gush of River Sunwapta through the tight gorge has earned Sunwapta waterfall in Jasper National Park the status of UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Sunwapta forms the 'Hanging valleys', which is an interesting tourist spot in itself. It is a u-shaped valley caused by the slow receding of glaciers over the centuries. The limestone gorge at the wake of the Sunwapta's lower falls is a less visited but equally stunning natural formation.