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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.


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



A few views on the way down...


...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. 


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.









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


Still, a glorious set of waterfalls, great scenery...



...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. 

April 23, 2014
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