16 Stunning Waterfalls Around Vancouver

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Waterfalls around Vancouver

If you need any inspiration for spot to snag a #waterfallwednesday photo, look no further. This list will guide you to the best waterfalls around Vancouver. They vary greatly in difficulty. Some are quick walks from a parking lot, like Shannon Falls. Others are difficult hikes, requiring proper preparation and planning for the outing.

Waterfalls are great to view any time of year, but late spring is usually when they are flowing in their full glory.



This isn’t a complete list of all the waterfalls around Vancouver. It’s a collection of our 16 favorites. Hopefully you’ll find some new ideas for places to visit.

If you want an extensive guide to all of British Columbia’s best waterfalls, I highly recommend the book Waterfalls of B.C.: A Guide to BC’s 100 Best Falls.

A word to the wise before we begin. Safety is always the most important consideration when hiking. If going to any of the waterfalls on this list that require hiking, make sure you are prepared for your trip. Make sure to know the trail conditions before you head out, follow common sense and standard safety practices, and always carry the Ten Essentials.

Furthermore, waterfalls deserve a lot of respect. People have been killed at several of the falls listed below. Strong currents at the top of waterfalls can throw you over the falls. Swimming underneath falls has its own risks, including being held under by eddies and currents. Debris, like large branches, can be hurled over the top of falls onto the heads of unsuspecting swimmers at any time. Waterfalls are best viewed from a safe distance, out of the water, and back from cliff edges.

Now, let’s look at the waterfalls!


Vancouver Island

1. Elk Falls

Elk Falls ~ Campbell River, BC

Where: Elk Falls Provincial Park, Campbell River

Time needed: 1 Hour

Dogs Allowed?: Yes, on leash

Details: Found within Elk Falls Provincial Park, Elk Falls is well worth the journey. In 2015, a suspension bridge was built over Elk Falls Canyon providing the perfect vantage spot of the falls and the Campbell River.

Link: Read more here.


2. Niagara Falls

Niagara falls

Where: Goldstream Provincial Park, Victoria

Time needed: 30 minutes

Dogs Allowed?: Yes

Details: A short walk from the parking lot takes you to the beautiful Niagara Falls, which is an impressive 156 feet (47 meters) tall.

You can also extend a visit to the falls by hiking the nearby Goldstream Trestle trail.

Link: Read more here.


3. Tsusiat Falls

Tsusiat Falls

Where: West Coast Trail

Time needed: Multi-day

Dogs Allowed?: No

Details: You’ll have to hike the granddaddy of all B.C. hikes to see the Tsusiat Falls – they’re an iconic feature of the West Coast Trail.

Many choose to camp and swim here during their week-long trek along the 75 km West Coast Trail.

Link: Read more here.


Honorable Mentions


Sea to Sky

4. Nairn Falls

Nairn Falls

Where: Nairn Falls Provincial Park, Pemberton

Time needed: 1.5 hours

Dogs Allowed?: Yes, on leash

Details: An easy 30 minute hike on a groomed trail, Nairn Falls is a powerful torrent along the Green River. There are an upper and lower falls, viewable from two platforms at the end of the trail.

Nairn Falls is also a popular camping location.

Link: Read more here.


5. Alexander Falls

Alexander Falls

Where: Whistler

Time needed: 10 minutes

Dogs Allowed?: Yes

Details: No hiking required for this one. The viewpoint for Alexander Falls is just off the Sea to Sky highway as you drive north towards Whistler.

It is located in Calaghan Valley, which is a popular nordic ski area and were some of the 2010 Winter Olympics events took place.

Link: Read more here.


6. Brandywine Falls

Brandywines Falls

Where: Whistler

Time needed: 30 minutes

Dogs Allowed?: Yes, on leash

Details: File this one under ‘pictures don’t do it justice’. Brandywine Falls is a true gem. A quick, 15 minute walk from the parking lot in Brandywine Falls Provincial Falls Park takes you to a viewing platform of the falls.

It’s an easy walk, but note that the park gates are closed during the winter.

Link: Read more here.


7. Shannon Falls

Shannon Falls BC

Where: Squamish

Time needed: 10 minutes

Dogs Allowed?: Yes

Details: This is news to no one. BUT, this is still an amazing waterfall. Viewable for a split second as you fly by on the Sea to Sky highway at 100 km/hour, the Shannon Falls waterfall is more than worthy of the effort to park your car and drag your lazy butt up the trail. Shannon Falls is glorious. You can hike to the Upper Falls if you want, but the falls are viewable from the parking lot.

Link: Read more here.


Honorable Mentions


Metro Vancouver

8. Kennedy Falls

Kennedy Falls

Where: North Vancouver

Time needed: 6 hours

Dogs Allowed?: Yes

Details: This hike has seen a lot of people needing ‘help’ from North Shore Rescue, so *please* be prepared if you tackle this, BUT, it is a low elevation hike with an awesome waterfall at the end.

The Big Cedar (600 year old) tree along the way is worth it alone.

The trail is no joke – prepared and experienced hikers on this one.

Link: Read more here.


9. Norvan Falls

Norvan Falls, Vancouver BC

Where: Lynn Headwaters Regional Park, North Vancouver

Time needed: 5 hours

Dogs Allowed?: Yes

Details: While not the most awe inspiring waterfall on this list, the hike to Norvan Falls is enjoyable. The 14 km hike parallels Lynn Creek through the forest and has minimal elevation gain. Norvan Falls is a popular destination on the North Shore year-round.

Link: Read more here.


10. Crystal Falls

Crystal falls, Coquitlam, BC, Canada

Where: Coquitlam

Time needed: 2 hours

Dogs Allowed?: Yes

Details: An easier hike in Coquitlam, Crystal Falls ia a great hike for the family. In the summer months, the Coquitlam River is also a popular swimming spot.

Link: Read more here.


11. Sawblade Falls

Sawblade falls, Coquitlam, BC

Where: Pinecone Burke Provincial Park, Coquitlam

Time needed: 3 hours

Dogs Allowed?: Yes

Details: Located along the Woodland Walk Trail, Sawblade Falls is one of several impressive waterfalls in Coquitlam.

The trail also takes you to Woodland Falls, but Sawblade Falls is the real beauty.

Link: Read more here.


12. Cliff Falls

Cliff Falls

Where: Kanaka Creek Regional Park, Maple Ridge

Time needed: 30 minutes

Dogs Allowed?: Yes

Details: Cliff Falls is the main attraction to the large and beautiful Kanaka Creek Regional Park.

Bridges over the serene Kanaka Creek and a peaceful forest make this park a gem. Cliff Falls and the Bell-Irving Hatchery are icing on the cake.

Link: Read more here.


13. Gold Creek Falls

Gold Creek Falls

Where: Golden Ears Provincial Park, Maple Ridge

Time needed: 2 hours

Dogs Allowed?: Yes, on leash

Details: The Lower Falls Trail is a popular hike within Golden Ears Provincial Park, which takes you to Gold Creek Falls.

The emerald pool of water at the upper falls may look inviting for a swim, but stay out and away from the edges. This waterfall has been the cause several deaths.

Link: Read more here.


Honorable Mentions


Fraser Valley

14. Cascade Falls

Cascade Falls

Where: Cascade Falls Regional Park, Mission

Time needed: 30 minutes

Dogs Allowed?: Yes

Details: A short walk from the parking lot takes you up to a suspension bridge and lookout over the scenic falls.

They don’t get much more picturesque than this.

Link: Read more here.


15. Bridal Veil Falls

Bridal Veil Falls

Where: Bridal Veil Falls Provincial Park, Chilliwack

Time needed: 15 minutes

Dogs Allowed?: Yes, on leash

Details: A quick walk from the parking lot off Highway 1 in Chilliwack, Bridal Veil Falls is one of the iconic waterfalls of B.C..

Link: Read more here.


16. Steelhead Falls

Steelhead Falls Basin

Where: Hayward Lake, Mission

Time needed: 1 Hour

Dogs Allowed?: Yes

Details: The trails around Hayward Lake are maintained by BC Hydro, as they operate several dams in the area.

You can hike around the entire lake, or shortcut to the waterfall and back.

Link: Read more here.


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