Sunwapta Falls

The road to the falls is right beside the lodge and it is not far at all. I have been here before but am always attracted back – is it the energy? the roar of the falls, cascading over the rocks? Yes, and yes. I love the roots of the trees here, but it is very hard to step over them, was holding onto the trunks for dear life as I came down a slight grade.

Bear activity is up in the park with less people being here, and there is a big black bear in the area so I gladly borrowed some Bear Spray from the front desk(mine has passed the expiry date) and practiced getting the can out of the holster and pulling off the safety clip like a kid playing cowboy before leaving. It did rain and I kept my hood down so I could hear, and sang some of the weirdest songs as I walked along the trail. I had watched a video about how to use bear spray and one guy was singing “Roxanne” and that is what I did , as well as singing “How Great Thou Art” and “Old Dan Tucker” and “Teddy Bear’s Picnic.”

The classic view from another bridge above the gorge. I went to where that person is standing and to the fence on the left that is higher up.
closer but staying on the right side of the fence-the level can rise up quickly and the rocks are slippery.
The water is high.
taken from the upper fence lookout
Lower down slowing the shutter speed
Using a slower shutter speed and small aperture again. I was getting soaked from a steady drizzle of rain and spray from the falls
These are the roots I mentioned earlier but oh, so hard to walk down.
I just had to check this out.
The gorge after the falls.
Enjoyed the wild flowers beside the trail.
Bunch berries
Twin flowers beside the gorge
My one wildlife shot-ha ha!

16 thoughts on “Sunwapta Falls

  1. My favorite of your images is “Lower down slowing the shutter speed.” I can imagine spending hours here. It is beautiful and magical. But I suspect a bit cold, too (which would feel fine right now). And those roots. My goodness that does look very scary and especially slippery in the rain. Do you use trekking poles?


    1. No poles and I regret that , hard to do with a big lens but could have resorted to one pole. It was slippery because it was raining and it was painful twisting and turning the knees but went slow and it was worth it. Even with the rain it was pretty warm – I wore a light flannel shirt and rain coat which got hot after a while.

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      1. I’m trying to carry at least one pole. It can be extremely stabilizing in off kilter situations and does take a lot of pressure off the knees. Some trekking poles are designed to multi-task as a Monopod for the camera.


  2. The falls look wet and wild. Do they give you a rush as your photographing them Jane? I already read you got soaked. Ugh! You made me think of Niagara Falls. I snapped a few while there. It was worth seeing/photographing this wonder, as long as you didn’t mind get sprayed continuously. The sound is what I remember most. Did you hear the water coming over and over again? There’s something special about the way the water gushes forth for me. Thanks for tackling yet another wonderful photographic adventure then sharing it. Nice! 🙂


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