BC's Giant Tropical Waterfall Is Hidden In A Canyon Just Steps Away From The Highway
Love a view, hate a hike. ✔️
I think it's safe to say that we're all experiencing a case of wanderlust right now. While we're itching to get out there and travel, it's easy to forget about all of the wonders right here in B.C. For example, waterfalls. Helmcken Falls in B.C. is just a few steps away from the road, so it's perfect for anyone who loves a view but hates a hike.
The falls are tucked inside Wells Gray Provincial Park in the south-central part of B.C.
The drive to the park will be under six hours if you're coming from downtown Vancouver.
Whether you're making the stop as part of a road trip or the falls are your final destination, get ready to pick your jaw up off the ground.
The falls flow from the Myrtle River, which is home to not one but six other waterfalls. This means, if you're a waterfall fan, you've found your ultimate heaven. Sorry TLC, but we're going waterfall chasing.
In terms of Helmcken itself, the viewpoints are just a few steps away from the main road. No need to prep for an extensive hike through the woods.
A short paved road from the main Wells Gray road will take you to a viewing platform of the waterfall. That's literally it. Those are the directions.
The platform hangs over the canyon, so in just one go, you'll be able to feast your eyes on the magnificent waterfall, the gushing river, and the imposing canyons surrounding the entire area.
Don't take our word for it, though. You should probably see it for yourself.
Helmcken Falls is considered the fourth-tallest waterfall in the whole country, after Tweedsmuir, Takakkaw, and Delta.
All of them are in B.C., so we're feeling pretty lucky that our province is blessed with the most.
The sheer force of the falls, as well as the colourful greenery scattered around the entire canyon, gives off some serious tropical vibes.
Hold off on your tropical vacations because this hidden waterfall will check off all your boxes.
Helmcken Falls are worthwhile to visit at any time of the year. In fact, something.
It creates a frozen snow crater at the bottom to which the water flows. It looks otherworldly if we're being honest.
And it just goes to show how we're so lucky to have thesein our province, giving us exciting travel options, both near and far, throughout the year.
If you're in the mood to actually get up-close with the waterfall, there is the eight-kilometre Rim Trail winding around the canyon.
It might be long but it's doable for all skill levels. You might want to bring a towel because it could get misty down there.
No matter the season, this waterfall needs a spot on your bucket list.
Address: Wells Gray Provincial Park, 416 Eden Rd., Clearwater, BC
Why You Need To Go: You hardly have to hike to see this beautiful site. Also, it will make you feel like you're in a tropical paradise.