Sunwapta River, Jasper National Park

10:39 a.m. on July 22, 2013 (EDT)
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The Sunwapta river crosses the Icefields Parkway,and offers a good stop for tourists to get a look at the upper falls. While pretty dramatic in their own right, the best scenery is some distance away.

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That's just the starting point. A gentle trail heads downriver through the pine forest with its goal the lower falls. 

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A few views on the way down...

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...but mostly a forest trail.

The buffaloberries were just coming out in the bushes on either side of the trail - I've met a few bears here because of that, but they won't be along for a couple of weeks yet when the berry bushes are full. 

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The goal is the set of waterfalls at the end of the trail. Not as high as the upper falls, but much more spectacular. All alone there - most tourists never go father than a kilometre from the highway- and I enjoyed the solitude.

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...and the all-too-common memorial plaque to a young man who went out on the rocks to play.

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Still, a glorious set of waterfalls, great scenery...
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...and a nice walk on another beautiful day in the Canadian Rockies. 










12:20 p.m. on July 23, 2013 (EDT)
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Nice TR and photos, thanks for sharing!

5:25 p.m. on July 23, 2013 (EDT)
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Beautiful pics of the waterfall!  I especially liked the picture of the tree-lined trail.

12:29 a.m. on July 24, 2013 (EDT)
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Another beautiful area.  Looks like there is plenty of water flowing there.

8:23 a.m. on July 24, 2013 (EDT)
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The spring melt is still going on and the levels are still high.

I'm glad you guys like the pictures. 

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