7 enchanting BC waterfalls you should chase this summer

Jul 9 2024, 7:55 pm

There are few things better on a summer’s day than feeling the cool spray from a waterfall after a long journey.

Finding these cascading beauties puts into perspective how beautiful our province is, and there is plenty to discover all year round.

Whether you’re on a once-in-a-lifetime adventure or a weekly hike with friends and family, this list is full of BC waterfalls you need to see. There are even a few within driving distance from Vancouver.

Sorry, TLC, but we have to disagree. Here are some of the province’s most magical falls you should chase this summer.

Enchanting waterfalls in BC

1. Bridal Veil Falls

Bridal Veil Falls

Bridal Veil Falls (Aurelina Films/Shutterstock)

Bridal Veil Falls Provincial Park in Rosedale is just past Chilliwack and is a popular stop for hikers, sightseers, and travellers looking for a perfect lunch spot.

Bridal Veil Falls sees the water cascade more than 60 metres down.

2. Silver Falls

Silver Falls

Silver Falls/Wikimedia Commons

Only reachable by water and located on private land, Silver Falls is the perfect stop for when you’re on a kayak trip out of Deep Cove in North Vancouver. Perfect for the true waterfall enthusiast.

3. Helmcken Falls

Helmcken Falls

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Perhaps BC’s most photogenic waterfall, you have to see Helmcken Falls and the dozens of other waterfalls inside Wells Grey Provincial Park. It’s at least a five-hour drive to get to Clearwater, BC, so put this spot on your bucket list.

4. Brandywine Falls

Brandywine Falls is a great spot to stretch your legs on the drive to Whistler. With only a short walk, you’ll get a glorious view of the cascades falling into a cavern full of rockslides below. Further along, you can also see Daisy Lake.

5. Twin Falls

Twin Falls in Lynn Valley (Lee Down/Flickr)

Twin Falls in Lynn Valley (Lee Down/Flickr)

Twin Falls is on the Baden Powell Trail near Lynn Valley Suspension Bridge. It’s easy to reach, and there’s a wooden bridge viewing platform, which gets pretty busy in the summer.

6. Sombrio Waterfall

sombrio beach

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Hidden on Sombrio Beach, this Vancouver Island waterfall is tucked inside a cave. There are no marked trails or signs, but you can find it by walking the shoreline until you find a creek, following it upwards towards the falls.

7. Granite Falls

Granite Falls (Niall Williams/Flickr)

Granite Falls (Niall Williams/Flickr)

Unless you’re tackling the multi-day Indian Arm Trail, you’ll need to kayak to Granite Falls. These are some of the biggest waterfalls in the Indian Arm Provincial Park – and home to a scenic campsite, if you feel like overnighting.

What are some of your favourite waterfalls to visit near Metro Vancouver and around BC? Let us know in the comments!

With files from Sarah Anderson and Jenni Sheppard

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