British Columbia is full of amazing views and landscapes, not to mention the plethora of waterfalls that call BC home. I had no idea I would find so many beautiful waterfalls in BC, let alone so close to Vancouver!
Most of these waterfalls are only a day trip away, and others are worth a weekend camping trip just to be able to take in all their beauty. Leave the stress of the city behind and plan your next road trip to one of the amazing sights. You will not be disappointed by the natural energy that surrounds these magnificent waterfalls.
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1. Helmcken Falls // Wells Gray Provincial Park
A five and a half hour drive from Vancouver and you've found yourself at one of the most beautiful waterfalls in BC. There is a spot with a great view so you can grab your Instagram picture for the day and after that you can enjoy many hikes near the base of the Waterfall for a closer look.
2. Shannon Falls // Shannon Falls Provincial Park
Just under an hour drive from Vancouver and you've made it to the third highest waterfall in BC. The falls crash down onto some beautiful granite into the Howe Sound, about 2km outside of Squamish. This is a popular waterfall so I recommend visiting during the week to experience it with less people around.
3. Takakkaw Falls // Yoho National Park
Takakkaw loosely translates to "Magnificent" which is not an understatement for these falls, considering they are the second highest in the province. Located just on the edge of the BC and Alberta border, about nine hours from Vancouver.
4. Bridal Veil Falls // Bridal Veil Falls Provincial Park
These falls certainly stand up to their name. The water skims over the rocks and creates a wide veil-like stream, located just outside of Chilliwack, about an hour and a half drive from Vancouver. These picturesque falls are a quick 15 minute hike from the parking lot and the peak of Mount Cheam. Where the falls are located you will find an amazing hike with incredible views. Definitely worth the trip!
Photo cred - @danilriley
5. Brandywine Falls // Brandywine Falls Provincial Park
About and hour and a half drive from Vancouver along the Sea To Sky Highway and you'll find yourself at Brandywine falls. If you're headed up to Whistler, this is the perfect spot for a quick stop. About a half an hour hike from the parking lot, the views alone are worth the detour.
6. Cascade Falls // Cascade Falls National Park
Another short drive, this time headed east towards Mission, about an hour and a half. The hike is another short 30 minute walk where you can view the falls from a suspension bridge. A wooden platform nearby allows for the closest view of the falls. As the mist of the falls lands on your face, you will be happy you made the trip.
7. Cypress Falls // West Vancouver
If you are looking for a really great day trip I suggest getting on your bike and enjoying the short one hour ride from downtown Vancouver to Cypress Falls. Located right in North Vancouver it would be silly to drive.
8. Twin Falls // Lynn Valley
I suggest you leave the car behind, jump on your bike and take a day trip up to these Lynn Canyon waterfalls. The ride is just over an hour and there are plenty of places to lock up your bike while you enjoy the short hike up to the falls! A popular place for locals so I suggest you visit during the week.
9. Gold Creek Falls // Golden Ears National Park
A short drive east towards Mission will take you to one of the biggest and best Provincial Parks in Canada. Golden Ears Park is located on the edge of the Lower Mainland, making it a great weekend camping spot for locals. I suggest you grab your tent, pack up the car and head to Gold Creek Falls for a weekend of adventures only an hour from downtown Vancouver.
Photo cred - @carmmcintosh
10. Norvan Falls // North Vancouver
Another local favourite due to its close proximity to Vancouver. Just under an hour drive up to North Vancouver and you have arrived at a waterfall oasis. The hiking trails are open year round making it a great winter hiking spot. Dogs are welcome too!
11. Kinuseo Falls // Monkman Park
If you are really looking for an adventure, Monkman Park is a 14 hour drive north from Vancouver. These beautiful waterfalls stand at an outstanding 197 feet, making them slightly taller then Niagara Falls in Ontario. Kinuseo translates to "fish" and is named that after its abundance of trout in the water below the falls.
12. Bergeron Falls // near Tumbler Ridge
Located just two hours north of Kineseo Falls. I suggest you try to see both of these on the same trip, but you'll have to make a day of it since this is a 4.5 hour hike all the way around. Beautiful campgrounds nearby host a trail directly from the site to these waterfalls, although many people prefer to drive.
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