British Columbia, Canada
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This waterfall has been surveyed, mapped and measured in person by the World Waterfall Database.
The volume of water flowing over the falls can vary greatly due to the high percentage of water contributed from melting glaciers. During the peak of the summer melt season the river can swell to over 13,000 cubic feet per second, but from the late fall to late spring while temperatures remain low and snow covers the ground, the river shrinks to just a fraction of that volume.
HISTORY AND NAMES
- Wapta Falls is the Official name of this waterfall
Wapta is a Stony Indian word meaning "river".
Though Wapta Falls may not be nearly as large as many have thought, it is still a very impressive waterfall which can display an incredible amount of power. Waterfall hunters traveling through Yoho National Park should definitely put this one at the top of their list to visit.
Location and directions
Find the Wapta Falls Road 31.5km west of the city of Golden and 25km west of Field along the Trans-Canada Highway within Yoho National Park. The road is only signed for eastbound travel. Follow the gravel road to its end in a little under 2km. The trail leads 2.4km to the top of the falls via an easy, flat trail, then drops steeply to its base. A much more obscure trail leads to views of the falls from the opposite side of the river via a series of ATV trails (which are commercially utilized, so watch and listen for traffic) accessed from the Beaverfoot FSR.
|Wapta Falls is shown in the center. Additional nearby waterfalls (if any) can be found in the list below.|
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