16 stunning waterfalls around Vancouver you can hike to

Apr 29 2019, 9:02 pm

As the days get longer, more of us are spending our time outdoors. Lucky for us, the Vancouver area is a great place to get into nature and explore. And what’s one of the best things to do? Chase waterfalls!

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Something we take for granted is the hundreds of waterfalls that are easily accessible to us through hiking.

Here at Daily Hive, we’ve created a list of some of the best looking waterfalls from North Vancouver to Chilliwack to Port Moody to Whistler.

Which one will you check out first?

For your own safety, please make sure you are prepared before heading out on your next adventure. Information on how to prepare for your trip and stay safe while on your hike is available from North Shore Rescue and AdventureSmart.

Kennedy Falls

 

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What: If you’re looking for something not too difficult but with a view worth seeing, then check out Kennedy Falls. Along the rugged terrain, you’ll see some amazing views before you hit the waterfall including a breathtaking cedar tree.

How Long: Five hours

Where: Begins and ends at the top of Mountain Avenue — North Vancouver

Directions: 30 minutes drive from downtown or take the 210 bus

Recommended: Year Round

Twin Falls

 

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What: This waterfall is located very close to the Lynn Canyon Suspension Bridge. Once you arrive, there is a viewing platform that’s perfect to take pictures from. One of the busier waterfalls on this list.

How Long: 20 minutes

Where: On the Baden Powell Trail in Lynn Headwaters Regional Park — North Vancouver

Directions: 40-minute drive from downtown Vancouver or the Seabus and the 228 bus

Recommended: May to October

Norvan Falls

 

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What: In order to get to Norvan falls you must first go through a few streams, trees, and rubble. You didn’t think a powerful waterfall like this would be that easy to get to did you?

How Long: Five hours

Where: Begins at the parking lot of Lynn Headwaters Regional Park — North Vancouver

Directions: 4o minute drive from downtown Vancouver or take the Seabus and 228 bus

Recommended: Year round

Sawblade Falls

 

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What: Just look at how beautiful Sawblade Falls looks. Located in the mountains above Coquitlam, this trail will lead you to Woodland Falls first and after a few more trees and rubble you’ll be witness to these powerful falls.

How Long: Three hours

Where: Begins to the left of the metal gate on Harper Road just before PoCo & District Hunting & Fishing Club — Coquitlam

Directions: 45-minute drive from Downtown Vancouver — No public transit

Recommended: Year Round

Widgeon Falls

 

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What: This waterfall located in Pitt Meadows is worth all the work you must do to see it. Either rent a canoe or bring your own and begin your trek to the falls. Once you see it, you’ll realize, all that work was worth it.

How Long: Five hours

Where: Begins and ends at Pitt Lake at the end of Neaves Road — Pitt Meadows

Directions: One hour and 15-minute drive from Downtown Vancouver — No public transit

Recommended: Year-round

Gold Creek Falls

 

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What: Maple Ridge offers you one of the best waterfalls in the area. Gold Creek Falls is located after you finish a short walk near Alloute Lake. You’ll see beautiful trees and mountains before the grand finale.

How Long: Two hours

Where: Begins at the last parking lot of Golden Ears Parkway — Maple Ridge

Directions: One hour and 50-minute drive from Downtown Vancouver — No public transit

Recommended: Year Round

Brothers Creek Loop

 

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What: Brothers Creek loop is a trail in West Vancouver that offers you glimpses along the way of waterfalls. One of West Vancouver’s best places to spend the afternoon.

How Long: Four hours

Where: Starts on Millstream Road near Henlow Road — West Vancouver

Directions: 30-minute drive from Downtown Vancouver or take the 250 and 254 busses

Recommended: April to November

Cascade Falls

 

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What: Not many people know of Cascade Falls. Once you walk to the suspension bridge, you’ll have a picture-perfect view to make all your Instagram followers envious.

How Long: Half an hour

Where: Starts at Cascade Falls Regional Park parking lot off Ridgeview Road – Mission

Directions: One hour and 30-minute drive from Downtown Vancouver — No public transit

Recommended: April to November

Bridal Veil Falls

 

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What: One of the most breathtaking waterfalls in the Lower Mainland is located in Chilliwack. It’s said that a smooth rock behind the falls gives the water a veil like effect.

How Long: 15 minutes

Where: Bridal Falls Road, off Harrison Hot Springs Road — Chilliwack

Directions: One hour and 30 minutes drive from downtown Vancouver — No public transit

Recommended: May to October

Crooked Falls

 

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What: After you’ve endured the wilderness, trees and rocks your reward will be a magnificent view of Crooked Falls. A waterfall that’s like no other.

How Long: Four hours

Where: Begin on Sigurd Creek trailhead on the left side of Ashlu Road — Squamish

Directions: One hour and 30-minute drive from downtown Vancouver

Recommended: April to November

High Falls

 

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What: In order to reach High Falls you will have to endure many things from heights to rough terrains. The ropes are there for you to use on your way up. Once you arrive, your view will be something spectacular.

How Long: Five hours

Where: Begins 23.5 kilometres down Squamish Valley Road — Squamish

Directions: Two-hour drive from Downtown Vancouver

Recommended: May to October

Shannon Falls

 

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What: The third highest waterfall in BC is located very close to the popular Stawamus Chief. After a long day of hiking, make your way over to this popular waterfall to cool off.

How Long: Five minutes

Where: Starts at the Shannon Park Provincial Park parking lot — Squamish

Directions: 45-minute drive from Downtown Vancouver

Recommended: Year Round

Brandywine Falls

 

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What: If you want to see something new while on your drive to Whistler, then Brandywine Falls is the place for you. It’s a very short walk until you see these mighty falls from above. Truly breathtaking.

How Long: 30 minutes

Where: Starts at the Brandywine Falls parking lot — Whistler

Directions: One hour and 40-minute drive from Downtown Vancouver

Recommended: Year Round

Alexander Falls

 

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What: To put it into simple terms; A beautiful view of one of BC’s best waterfalls.

How Long: No hike needed

Where: Callaghan Valley Road just before Callaghan Country Ski Resort — Whistler

Directions: One hour and 30-minute drive from downtown Vancouver

Recommended: Year round

Rainbow Falls

 

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What: Although it happens to be on the intermediate Rainbow Road trail, these waterfalls are very easily accessible. Stop along the Sea to Sky Highway for a different kind of view.

How Long: 40 minutes

Where: Starts 7 km under Alta Lake Road, off the Sea-to-Sky Highway — Whistler

Directions: Two-hour drive from Vancouver

Recommended: July to September

Nairn Falls

 

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What: Located just off the Sea-to-Sky Highway you’ll be able to catch Nairn Falls. After a short hike, you’ll see the falls from a nice viewpoint. Perfect for pictures!

How Long: One and a half hours

Where: In between Whistler and Pemberton on the Sea-to-Sky Highway

Directions: 2.5 drive from Downtown Vancouver

Recommended: Year round