Sunwapta Falls in Jasper National Park, Canada
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Falling for the Canadian Rockies
Sunwapta Falls is one of several waterfalls in Jasper National Park in Alberta, Canada, formed by hanging valleys. These valleys were created 8,000 years ago when glacier ice receded. Sunwapta Falls is actually a pair of waterfalls, a lower and upper one. The water comes from the Athabasca Glacier and there is more of it in the summer than the winter, due to seasonal glacial melting. Jasper National Park is the largest national park in the Canadian Rockies, with more than 4,000 square miles for camping, hiking, water sports and other activities. Wildlife in the park includes elk, grizzly bears, moose, bighorn sheep and caribou.