Wapta Falls Adventure in Yoho National Park BC Canada

There are so many famous waterfalls in Yoho National Park. Having seen a number of Yoho's falls before we were looking forward to discovering a new one that had been recommended to us. Although we didn't know the name of the falls, we were told...
There are so many famous waterfalls in Yoho National Park. Having seen a number of Yoho's falls before we were looking forward to discovering a new one that had been recommended to us. Although we didn't know the name of the falls, we were told that they were a short hike from the Trans Canada Highway. Checking the Parks Canada map, I found Wapta Falls located near the western edge of the park. The trail into the falls is rated as an easy 2.3km hike. Hoping these were the falls we had heard about we decided to check out Wapta Falls. In fact, at 107m wide these are the widest falls in the park. Wapta Falls are spectacular! They remind me of Niagara Falls in Ontario. Perhaps Wapta Falls is the Rocky Mountain version. Mark them on the list of must-see attractions in Yoho National Park BC Canada.

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19 July 2023 at   Wapta Falls, Columbia-Shuswap, BC, Canada
The Wapta Falls Trail is rated as an easy 4.6km round trip hike through an alpine forest. Adventure seekers will reach the top of the falls within 1.9km. To this point there the trail is flat. There are a few sections with large roots to watchout...
The Wapta Falls Trail is rated as an easy 4.6km round trip hike through an alpine forest. Adventure seekers will reach the top of the falls within 1.9km. To this point there the trail is flat. There are a few sections with large roots to watchout for and likely a few muddy sections as well. This section of the trail is friendly for the whole family. Dogs are also permitted as long as they are on leash.
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19 July 2023 ·   5 months ago taken in   Wapta Falls, Columbia-Shuswap, BC, Canada
Within less than 2km from the trailhead, hikers will reach the top of Wapta Falls. Plan to spend 1.5 to 2 hours here. Although you can hear the roar of the waterfall earlier on. The Falls are located on the western edge of Yoho National Park and...
Within less than 2km from the trailhead, hikers will reach the top of Wapta Falls. Plan to spend 1.5 to 2 hours here. Although you can hear the roar of the waterfall earlier on. The Falls are located on the western edge of Yoho National Park and are about 30 minutes from both the towns of Field and Golden BC. This makes the falls a perfect day trip from either location.
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19 July 2023 ·   5 months ago taken in   Wapta Falls, Columbia-Shuswap, BC, Canada
Wapta Falls is the largest waterfall on the Kicking Horse River. It is a block waterfall that is 30m tall and 107m wide. The falls are powerful with 96 cubic meters of water pouring over it every second! As such, the falls create a thunderous...
Wapta Falls is the largest waterfall on the Kicking Horse River. It is a block waterfall that is 30m tall and 107m wide. The falls are powerful with 96 cubic meters of water pouring over it every second! As such, the falls create a thunderous sound and a large amount of spray.
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19 July 2023 ·   5 months ago taken in   Wapta Falls, Columbia-Shuswap, BC, Canada
There is a fairly steep and more adventurous trail to reach the base of the falls. This section may not be suitable for everyone and is not stroller friendly. With good shoes this section is no problem. However, it is considerably more...
There is a fairly steep and more adventurous trail to reach the base of the falls. This section may not be suitable for everyone and is not stroller friendly. With good shoes this section is no problem. However, it is considerably more challenging for those with inappropriate nice urban footwear.
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19 July 2023 ·   5 months ago taken in   Wapta Falls, Columbia-Shuswap, BC, Canada
Wapta Falls in Yoho National Park BC are grand. Framed by the Canadian Rocky Mountains, Wapta Falls are an impressive site to see. The shape of the falls and the power of the water pouring over the edge reminded me of Niagara Falls in Ontario.
19 July 2023 ·   5 months ago taken in   Wapta Falls, Columbia-Shuswap, BC, Canada
I love rocky mountain adventures and discovering new places. Yoho National Park is a spectacular Canadian destination to explore. I am happy that we took the time to stop and explore Wapta Falls. This stop led to discovering one of my new...
I love rocky mountain adventures and discovering new places. Yoho National Park is a spectacular Canadian destination to explore. I am happy that we took the time to stop and explore Wapta Falls. This stop led to discovering one of my new favourite places in Yoho.
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19 July 2023 ·   5 months ago taken in   Wapta Falls, Columbia-Shuswap, BC, Canada
Seeing the waterfall from the top and exploring the base of the falls are fantastic. However, to get the full experience adventure seekers should also climb the rocky mound in front of the falls. From the ridgeline there are unobstructed views of...
Seeing the waterfall from the top and exploring the base of the falls are fantastic. However, to get the full experience adventure seekers should also climb the rocky mound in front of the falls. From the ridgeline there are unobstructed views of Wapta Falls.
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19 July 2023 ·   5 months ago taken in   Wapta Falls, Columbia-Shuswap, BC, Canada
There is a faint trail leading to the ridgeline on top of the mound. As the falls generate a considerable amount of spray and mist be prepared to get soaked to the bone. However, if you have been out camping in the backcountry for a few days you...
There is a faint trail leading to the ridgeline on top of the mound. As the falls generate a considerable amount of spray and mist be prepared to get soaked to the bone. However, if you have been out camping in the backcountry for a few days you will get a free shower. A cold, glacier water shower, but a shower none-the-less.
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19 July 2023 ·   5 months ago taken in   Wapta Falls, Columbia-Shuswap, BC, Canada
he Wapta Falls rainbows are typically only visible from the ridgeline on the mound. Those willing to brave the frigid spray of the falls will be rewarded with a spectacular full rainbow or two. With all the mist it is hard to get a good rainbow...
he Wapta Falls rainbows are typically only visible from the ridgeline on the mound. Those willing to brave the frigid spray of the falls will be rewarded with a spectacular full rainbow or two. With all the mist it is hard to get a good rainbow picture. Be sure to protect your camera or phone from the mist so that it doesn't get damaged.
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19 July 2023 ·   5 months ago taken in   Wapta Falls, Columbia-Shuswap, BC, Canada
We were completely drenched after exploring Wapta Falls. Thankfully, it was a hot day, so we warmed up quickly. If I would have done a little bit more reading about Wapta Falls I may have suggested that we bring raincoats with us. Regardless, we...
We were completely drenched after exploring Wapta Falls. Thankfully, it was a hot day, so we warmed up quickly. If I would have done a little bit more reading about Wapta Falls I may have suggested that we bring raincoats with us. Regardless, we had fun on our Wapta Falls adventure and will do it again. The trail is open year-round, so perhaps a winter visit is in store.
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19 July 2023 ·   5 months ago taken in   Wapta Falls, Columbia-Shuswap, BC, Canada
The hike back to the trailhead was pleasant and gave us a chance to dry off a bit. We passed numerous well-dressed people on our way out. They must have been wondering what happened to us since we looked like a couple of drowned rats....
The hike back to the trailhead was pleasant and gave us a chance to dry off a bit. We passed numerous well-dressed people on our way out. They must have been wondering what happened to us since we looked like a couple of drowned rats. Fortunately, the parking lot at the start of the trail has picnic tables and toilets. They are pit toilets but are large and well kept giving us the opportunity to easily change into dry clothes before heading off to our next Yoho National Park adventure at the Natural Bridge.
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19 July 2023 ·   5 months ago taken in   Wapta Falls, Columbia-Shuswap, BC, Canada
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