Jasper in Winter #10 – Sunwapta Falls

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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.

Published by kagould17

After working for 43+ years (38 years 7 months with my last company), I finally got that promotion I waited my entire career for……retirement. I have been exploring this new career for the past 3+ years and while it is not always exciting, the chance to do what I want for myself and my family instead of what my company wanted me to do has been rewarding. While I still miss the social aspect of working with a team of great people, I have managed to keep in touch with many from my former team and I have many friends and family members who now fulfill this part of my life. Now that my Patty has retired, we are able to spend more time in pursuits and with people who are near and dear to us. I enjoy photography, gardening, working with my hands, walking, cycling, skiing, travelling, reading and creating special photo and video productions obtained in my first pastime. I may not become wealthy in any of these pursuits, but I already feel I am rich in life experiences far beyond any expectation.

29 thoughts on “Jasper in Winter #10 – Sunwapta Falls

  1. Wow, that’s a lot of snow. Looks like a beautiful spot to go for a hike. Good timing that the battery of your fob died after you had returned from your hike. I’ve had similar concerns when we drive down a secluded road to get to a hike in the offseason and there is no cell phone reception. Luckily we’ve never been stranded (and hopefully it stays that way).

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    1. It was so worth the risk of driving in and the perfect place to spend time on Christmas Day. A case of risk and reward I guess and we certainly got lucky. Thanks for reading and commenting. Have a great week. Allan

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  2. So many beautiful winter photos, Allan and that’s a lot of snow. I was just reading on the news that extremely cold wind chill values between minus 40 and minus 55 are forecasted for Jasper. And I thought that today was fairly cold in Sligo with +2’C! Thanks for sharing and have a good day. Aiva 🙂

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    1. I had forgotten how beautiful that trip was with the “kids”. It was funny watching them play with the snow, throwing it at each other and shaking the tree branches as the other walked beneath. Good times. It was -41C here yesterday morning feels like -49C. Today, it is bitterly cold again and my car won’t start. Gotta love Canada. Thanks for reading Aiva. Stay warm. Allan

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  3. Those photos were really amazing! But I’m glad that the battery in your key fob didn’t die in the mountains. The first time mine died, I was panicked, but when I called my husband he told me how to get the hidden key out of it to unlock the doors. I had no idea there was such a thing!

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      1. Yup. The sad thing about always using the standard key fob to enter and then the standard key to start the car (my 2009 Corolla) is that the dang key will no longer open the door locks. Better hope the power never fails. Always good to have a backup plan, even with advanced tech. Thanks for reading Bernie. Allan


    1. It does not get much more Canadian than that. Our local Global channel has a news cam on Pyramid that they run time lapses from . A recent one showed them clearing the ice and then skating on it. Pretty chilly skate these days. Thanks for reading and commenting Bernie. Allan


    1. Thanks Angie. You would be amazed at how many of my photos are in our house. Currently 7 and soon to be 8. I am running out of wall space. You are not actually allowed to use photos from the National Parks for commercial purposes. That being said, I have photos in several homes across Canada and some in Ireland. Thanks so much for reading. Stay warm. Allan

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