Sunwapta Pass

Sunwapta Pass: this road is well worth the time

Sunwapta Pass is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 2.035m (6,677ft) above the sea level, located in the Canadian Rockies in the province of Alberta. It's one of the highest mountain roads of Canada.

The pass is traversed by the paved Icefields Parkway (also known as Highway 93 north), the highest road in Canada’s national parks. It was completed in 1940. The road does get busier at weekends and in the main holiday season. The parkway is busy in July and August with up to 100,000 vehicles a month.

Located on the boundary between Banff and Jasper National Parks, the weather on this zone is harsh and highly unpredictable and it does not take much time for the bright sun shine to change over to moderate to heavy snow fall. Snow can be expected at any time of year and extreme weather is common in winter.

The drive is very scenic and the views cannot be captures in photos. Be prepared for hairpin turns as you switchback up to the summit. It’s an impressive example of road engineering, producing better and better scenery as you climb higher. The pass is the second highest point on the road. Bow Pass in Banff National Park is the highest point on the parkway.


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