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Sunwapta Falls is located 57 km (35 miles) South of Jasper. At the Icefields Parkway turn off, you drive down a 600 m (2,000 foot) long road. There are 2 falls and the larger upper falls has an 18.5 m (61 foot) drop and is 9.1 m (30 feet) wide.
On Christmas Day 2009, we arrived at the turn off to see a “road closed” sign, but there was a single vehicle track going in through the deep snow, so we went for it. We were the only ones there and had no issues getting in and out. Later the same evening, back at the hotel, when Patty went down to our rental vehicle to grab something, she came back to say that the key fob did not unlock the doors. Hmmmm. We eventually verified that the fob battery was indeed dead and after Googling, found out how to release the hidden key and get into the vehicle. It was only later that it dawned on us that we could have been in real trouble had the battery failed while we were at the falls. With no traffic on the roads and sketchy mountain cell service, we could have been stranded. Phewwww.
On our April 2019 ski trip with H & L from Winnipeg. It may have been spring, but, the snow made it look more like winter.