e visited Wapta Falls for the first time on Mother's Day week-end and were in awe of this stunning place. Wapta Falls is a beautiful 25 minute drive from Emerald Lake and a short 2 km walk down to the falls. It's a perfect place to visit if you are staying at Emerald Lake Lodge or Cathedral Mountain Lodge given the short distance.
I wish I would taken photos of our walk down to the falls because the lush green forest was beautiful to walk through. We were surprised to find excellent trail conditions so early in the season making it a quick hike down to the falls. Once you arrive the sounds and sights of the crashing falls is amazing to witness. The photos really don't do it justice. We cooled off in the river and ate lunch and took it all in before heading home.
For detailed driving directions see the end of this blog post.
When you drive past Field or get on the highway from the road that leads to Emerald Lake set your trip odometer to 0. You'll drive out of the park and around the 33km mark or about 25 minutes you'll see billboards and on the righthand side you'll see Beaverfoot Rd. Take a right onto Beaverfoot Road and go under the highway and come back onto the highway to head back East. Go about 5 kms and keep your eyes peeled for the exit on the right. There is a exit lane but it's pretty short and easy to miss if you don't keep an eye for it. Drive up about 2 km and park at the trailhead.
If in doubt stop at the visitor's centre in Field and they can give you a map and detailed directions.