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Sunwapta Falls

Sunwapta Falls: Our most recommended tours and activities

Sunwapta Challenge Whitewater Rafting in Jasper

1. Sunwapta Challenge Whitewater Rafting in Jasper

A 45-minute bus journey brings you to the arrival point where you will be given all the necessary equipment and will change into your wetsuit. You will be given an in-depth briefing on all rafting procedures and safety precautions before getting wet and wild on this turbulent ride. ‘Sunwapta’ is the Stoney Indian term for ‘turbulent river’ and this river lives up to its name. Traveling in 6 passenger self-bailing rafts, your expert guide will maneuver your group skillfully down the 13 kilometer stretch of river punching through a consistent flow of Class II rapids in between several sections of Class III whitewater. Set in a pristine wilderness area of Jasper National Park, the Sunwapta is a low volume, technical river that follows the Endless Chain Mountain Range from its source at the toe of the Athabasca Glacier. You will be surrounded by spectacular Canadian Rockies scenery in a prime wildlife habitat, giving you the opportunity to spot elusive native wildlife from the raft or during the scenic bus ride. All technical equipment will be supplied including paddles, wetsuits, neoprene booties, paddle jackets and helmets. You will need to wear a swimsuit or t-shirt and shorts under your casual clothing. Bring dry clothes, a towel and on cooler days, wool socks to wear inside the booties and a warm jacket to put on afterward. You are also welcome to bring snacks and water to enjoy on the bus ride to and from the river.

Icefields Parkway: Smartphone Audio Driving Tour

2. Icefields Parkway: Smartphone Audio Driving Tour

Discover the incredible Icefields Parkway with this smartphone audio tour between Lake Louise and Jasper. Let your audio guide transform this beautiful scenic drive into a sight-seeing, fact-finding, trivia-answering, family-friendly adventure. With your phone or tablet at your guide (download instructions found on your confirmation voucher), start from either Jasper or Lake Louise, and end at the other. Enjoy the same tour experience in either direction. Watch as your audio guide point out must-see sights, attractions, breathtaking mountains, and glaciers that you pass along the journey. Learn about the area's early pioneers, animals, geography, and the historical events that led to the highway’s creation. Take in the panoramic views of Lake Hector and Bow Lake, and stop for easy trails in Banff National Park. Explore the Columbia Icefields and the Columbia Icefields Discovery Center. See the majestic Dolomite and Bow Peaks, Mount Amery, Mount Murchison, and Mount Wilson. Take in the gorgeous Sunwapta Falls where the water flows from the melting Athabasca Glacier. Hear about the people and events that made the area famous like Mary Shaffer Warren, Bill Peyto, George Simpson, and the Palliser Expedition. Easily navigate your tour and enjoy entertainment suitable for all ages. Stay laughing and engaged with your friends or family along the way with trivia fun. Hear fun audio clips that play automatically as you drive using a live GPS map. Try out multiple-choice trivia questions about the sights at each point of interest you pass. With no time constraints, enjoy the freedom to stop anywhere and take your time exploring.

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What people are saying about Sunwapta Falls

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 52 reviews

Very well done with interesting facts and also multiple choice questions about the area. Learned a lot about the various attractions along the way. However, there is a stop called Maligne Lake saying it was 15 km away. Crazy, but the next day we decided to go as far as Maligne Lake without referring to a physical map. We thought it was on the Icefield's Pathway as the narrator had mentioned it when we had been on the Parkway the day before. We didn't have access to a physical map, so ended up going quite far on the parkway until we realized that Maligne Lake was not on the Parkway. We consulted a physical map and found it east of Jasper, not south. A physical map can really make a difference to not getting lost. I think if the attraction is not close by, the narrator shouldn't mention it.

The app was a perfect companion to our bery first drive from Jasper to Lake Louise. It was entertaining, informative, interactive and funny. Would highly recommend. It really helped us map out where we wanted to visit.

We found the tour very informative and changed our day from what would have been a pretty drive into a great tour.

Super tour! Added so much information and fun to the drive. Very well done, highly recommended

Really good audio descriptions of places to see on the journey