Summer road trips and waterfall chasing go hand in hand. What better way to cool off after being in a car on a hot day than by breathing in the cool, misty air from a rushing waterfall? There are a few waterfalls close to Vancouver that are really easy to check out on the weekend with your friends that make a perfect summer road trip.

Most of the waterfalls on this list require minimal hiking and exercising to get to the big reward, but there are a ton of trail networks nearby if you want to get in more activity. Plus, they're all really close to Vancouver so you can easily do these trips in half a day. Here are six of the best waterfalls close to Vancouver that are worth a road trip this summer:

Widgeon Falls

Address: Greater Vancouver A, BC

Distance From Vancouver: 2 hours

Why you need to go: This hike is amazing because you have to rent a canoe and paddle to reach the trailhead. An ideal hike for people who love being out on the water!

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Crystal Falls

Address: 3240 Karley Crescent, Coquitlam, BC V3E 3E9

Distance From Vancouver: 1 hour

Why you need to go: This dog-friendly hike will take you to sparkling crystal falls! Minimal commitment is required for this hike and it's very easy.

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Shannon Falls

Address: Shannon Falls, Squamish-Lillooet D, BC V0N 1T0

Distance From Vancouver: 1 hour

Why you need to go: This is the quintessential summer waterfall hike from Vancouver! You don't even need a car to get here since it's serviced by Parkbus that will bring you there and back.

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Bridal Veil Falls

Address: Rosedale, BC V0X 1X0

Distance From Vancouver: 2 hours

Why you need to go: The drive out to this hike takes you through the Fraser Valley so you can fill up on fresh produce from local markets on the way back! An easy hike to gorgeous delicate falls makes this road trip a can't miss.

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Cascade Falls

Address: 36421 Ridgeview Rd, Deroche, BC V0M 1G0

Distance From Vancouver: 2 hours

Why you need to go: You can view Cascade Falls from a suspension bridge and it's incredible! Plus, the hike is only 30 minutes long.

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Brandywine Falls

Address: Whistler, BC V0N 0A0

Distance From Vancouver: 1.5 hours

Why you need to go: A staggering 70 m tall waterfall awaits you just a road trip away. There are a lot of trails and different ways to view the waterfall so it's great for beginners or hardcore hikers!

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