Wapta Falls, Yoho National Park

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Wapta Falls is a waterfall located in Yoho National Park in British Columbia, Canada. It is the largest waterfall of the Kicking Horse River, at about 30m high and 150m wide. Its average flow can reach 254m3/s. The name stems from a Nakoda Indian word meaning "river".Use in a filmLe Ruffian, (1983) - Actors; Lino Ventura, Bernard Giraudeau, Claudia Cardinale, Beatrix Van Til, Pierre Frag
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  • Having read some reviews saying the entrance road to Wapta falls is not all that easy to find, which is true, I made sure to take note of where the road is on the PDF for Yoho NP when passing through ...  more »
  • It took about 25-30 minutes to walk to the falls along a fairly level sandy/rocky path. Its not till right near the end that you can see the river and then hear the falls. The drop is wide and spectac...  more »
  • After a walk of 2.4 km in the forest we arrive to the Wapta falls. Really awesome flow and force of the water. There are several levels to see. It was so hot we stopped at 1.
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  • Do not follow google map, the location is wrong. You can use apple map which will direct you to the right location.
  • I have been camping at that rec site since 3 days and helped reorient 10+ tourists who couldnt find the trailhead...very confusing on google map. If you want to go to the falls do not use the beaverfoot trail, take the next right on the highway.
  • Nice hike and definitely worth your while!
  • A nice relatively short and level hike, until you get to the Falls, where you can walk down to the bottom and enjoy the view from below. Well worth the trip especially during times of high water.
  • Great view, great spray. Nice shorter hike.

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Where to stay in Yoho National Park

Despite its isolated location, Yoho National Park offers a handful of luxury accommodations, most along Scenic Route 1. Some of the park's more remote lodges are accessible only by private transport. These isolated retreats--many of which deliberately avoid TV reception or Wi-Fi--typically cost a pretty penny. If you're looking for something a bit more affordable, consider staying in nearby Lake Louise or Banff and head to the park on a day trip.
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