Located right on the (only) road between Lake Louise and Jasper, about 45 minutes south of Jasper townsite, the Sunwapta Falls Resort has been a favourite of mine ever since I started stopping there for coffee when I ran organized tours in the Canadian Rockies. This two-night stay was the first time I have actually spent time there overnight and I am happy to say it did not disappoint.
The cabins are well appointed, each with a real wood-burning fireplace and quasi-kitchenette (no stove). It appeared to me that all the suites had a door to an adjoining suite so if you're looking for accommodation for a large family, this locale is an excellent choice.
The staff is very friendly and attentive to your needs. There was a minor issue with my coffee carafe. I reported the issue as I went into the restaurant for breakfast and before I had finished breakfast I was told that the issue was resolved.
The evening dinner restaurant doubles as a large coffee shop during the day but the ambiance in the lodge itself suits itself well to both roles. A few white tablecloths, good quality cutlery and dishes transforms the space well. The fireplace adds much to the feel of the lodge.
The fare offered at the restaurant is of excellent quality and exceeded my (high) expectations. The menu choices ranged from a couple of vegetarian options, chicken and beef culminating with the exotic. I thoroughly enjoyed the tenderloin of bison and wapiti (elk). The elk stew looked really good too. While the average price for a main course on the menu was just over $20.00, for such exotic options, be prepared to drop a pretty penny. The tenderloins dish was over $50.00 while the stew was $32.00. A little above the norm but well worth every penny if you're the adventurous type, gastronomically speaking.
Roughly 1 kilometre (1/2 mile) down the side road are the Sunwapta Falls. This resort has no swimming pool nor lakeside vista but this apparent lack is well made-up by a stroll to the very impressive falls. Hiking is an excellent day-time activity with well-marked and well-maintained Parks Canada trails. Some of the hikes can be challenging but many are not difficult at all.
It is isolated- once darkness falls, the number of cars on the highway drops to about 5 or 6 per hour- yet it has all the comforts of home.
My overall experience at the resort was excellent. The rooms are well appointed and my bed rated a 10/10 in comfort. I would have been very happy with my experience were this resort a hotel in town but considering that the nearest commercial activity is 45 minutes up the road in Jasper makes it all the more compelling.
In short, I yearn for places like Sunwapta Falls Resort and I'd return there in heart-beat. If you're looking for a place to get away from it all, plan on a sojourn here.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- 4-time recipient of TripAdvisor's Certificate of Excellence, Sunwapta Falls Rocky Mountain Lodge is an ideal choice if you're looking to unplug from the hectic pace of regular life. Here you will find yourself surrounded by nature with the most warm, caring and wonderful staff you are likely to find on your travels in Canada. We’re only open from mid-May to early October. We operate at 98% occupancy and sell out fast, so book early on Facebook at SunwaptaFalls or sign up for exclusive offers on our website. Entirely committed to ensuring you have the best experience possible in Jasper, we provide private consultations and create custom sightseeing guides, activity bookings and if you like, full meal packages. Leave your Jasper planning to our expert staff, so you can enjoy the company of the loved ones you are travelling with while taking in the best Jasper has to offer. Most often chosen for our location, the lodge is a scenic 45-minute drive south of downtown Jasper and a 45 minute equally stunning drive to the Columbia Icefields. Our cabin-style accommodation is nestled in the forest between mountains and lakes with just a short walk to the beautiful Sunwapta Falls and other local hikes. In the evenings its just us, the stars, the sound of the falls and the scent of wood burning as it crackles in our many fireplaces. Our Certificate of Excellence awarded restaurant provides unbelievable casual fine dining in the charming ambience of our heritage lodge. In the morning we offer full mountain breakfasts from 7am and healthy options to take on your day of sightseeing. See you in the Rockies! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Sunwapta Falls Rocky Mountain Hotel Jasper
- Sunwapta Falls Hotel
- Hotel Sunwapta Falls