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Myra Falls

Estimated height: 200 feet / 61 meters

A pretty little two-tiered waterfall. It is easy to access and one can clamber around on the smooth sunny rocks.

Official site: Myra Falls (World Waterfall Database)

Wikipedia article: Myra Falls, Canada

 thumbnail - Near the middle of Myra Falls, Strathcona

Near the middle of Myra Falls, Strathcona

Strathcona-Westmin Provincial Park, British Columbia, Canada

July 14, 2004
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Della Falls

Total height: 1,443 feet / 440 meters

Generally agreed to be the tallest waterfall in British Columbia , it is located at the head of Great Central Lake on Vancouver Island. Getting to its base requires a 21 mile boat trip followed by a nine mile hike.

Official site: Della Falls (World Waterfall Database)

Wikipedia article: Della Falls


Englishman River Falls

A small waterfall in shady forest.

Wikipedia article: Englishman River Falls Provincial Park


Nymph Falls

Estimated height 50 feet / 15 meters

Just a mild step in the Puntledge River, a very pretty spot.

Official site: Nymph Falls (World Waterfall Database)

Wikipedia article: Strathcona-Westmin Provincial Park

 thumbnail - Nymph Falls on the Puntledge River

Nymph Falls on the Puntledge River

near Courtenay, British Columbia, Canada

July 13, 2004
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Gorge Tidal Rapids

Okay, it is not a waterfall at all, just a rapids. But it has the unusual characteristic of reversing direction twice a day, as the tide rises and falls.

 thumbnail - Tidal rapids on the Gorge, Esquimalt

Tidal rapids on the Gorge, Esquimalt

Victoria, British Columbia, Canada

July 7, 2004
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Odergaard Falls

Estimated height: 890 feet / 271 meters

To see this falls I drove many miles up an old logging road from the Bella Coola Valley, my van pushing through dense thickets of alder that had grown right over the road. Finally there was a small parking area and a viewpoint for this amazing waterfall. I badly wanted to take the trail to its base, but was alone and had been warned about grizzly bear activity in the area. Next time I will be better prepared.

Official site: Odergaard Falls (World Waterfall Database)

 thumbnail - Odergaard Falls, in the Nusatsum Valley

Odergaard Falls, in the Nusatsum Valley

south of the Bella Coola Valley, British Columbia, Canada

July 16, 2004
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Chatterbox Falls

It was raining so hard the day that my cousin Heather and I made the boat trip to Princess Louisa Inlet, that I couldn't have got any wetter if I had stood under the falls. The falls is quite a sight, as noisy as its name implies, and the fiord scenery was magnificent, a tidewater Yosemite. I hope to return on a day when the tops of the cliffs are visible.

Official site: Chatterbox Falls (World Waterfall Database)

Wikipedia article: Chatterbox Falls

 thumbnail - At the base of Chatterbox Falls, Princess Louisa Inlet

At the base of Chatterbox Falls, Princess Louisa Inlet

Princess Louisa Marine Provincial Park, British Columbia, Canada

August 8, 2006
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Hunlen Falls

Total height: 853 feet / 260 meters

The highest free-leaping falls in Canada and one of the highest in the world. At first I intended to hike up to the base, until I found out how far it was and how many grizzly bears there were in that valley. Next I planned to fly in to Turner Lake at the top of the falls, in company with BC waterfall guru Tony Greenfield, but a huge wildfire closed the area to air traffic. I may try again, this falls looks amazing.

Official site: Hunlen Falls (World Waterfall Database)

Wikipedia article: Hunlen Falls


Shannon Falls

Estimated height: 820 feet / 250 meters

An easy drive from Vancouver, on the highway to Whistler, there is a pretty little park at the base of the falls with lawns and picnic tables. This is considered to be Canada's third highest waterfall.

Official site: Shannon Falls (World Waterfall Database)

Wikipedia article: Shannon Falls Provincial Park


Brandywine Falls

Total height: 216 feet / 66 meters

A perfect freefall along the Sea to Sky Highway north of Vancouver. The name apoparently originated in a bet between two surveyors about the height of the falls.

Official site: Brandywine Falls (World Waterfall Database)

Wikipedia article: Brandywine Falls Provincial Park


Nairn Falls

Total height: 117 feet / 36 meters

A long cataract, also on the highway from Vancouver to Whistler.

Official site: Nairn Falls (World Waterfall Database)

Wikipedia article: Nairn Falls Provincial Park


Mahood Falls

Estimated height: 49 feet / 15 meters

On the trail leading to more famous Canim Falls. Both falls are on the western edge of Well Gray Provincial Park, known as the waterfall park.

Official site: Mahood Falls (World Waterfall Database)

Wikipedia article: Mahood Falls


Canim Falls

Estimated height: 66 feet / 20 meters

Not very high, but beautifully formed. I keep passing by this side road when I am heading for Alaska, next time I will turn off and make the short hike.

Official site: Canim Falls (World Waterfall Database)

Wikipedia article: Canim Falls


Bridal Veil Falls

Estimated height: 300 feet / 91 meters

Located in a heavily used picnic and recreation area, I did not find this to be a very impressive waterfall, despite its height. It is actually visible from the Trans-Canada Highway west of Hope.

Official site: Bridal Veil Falls (World Waterfall Database)

Wikipedia article: Bridal Veil Falls Provincial Park


Dawson Falls

Total height: 59 feet / 18 meters

The top tier of the three falls on the Murtle River, this is a wide curtain of white water. Years ago it was possible to walk along a narrow ledge behind the thundering sheet of water.

Official site: Dawson Falls (World Waterfall Database)

Wikipedia article: Dawson Falls

 thumbnail - Dawson Falls, not tall, but wide and impressive

Dawson Falls, not tall, but wide and impressive

Wells Gray Provincial Park, British Columbia, Canada

July 12, 2003
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The Mushpot

More of a rapids than a waterfall, this is the middle drop on the Murtle River. The main park road crosses right over it. There is a story that Mr Wells Gray, for whom the park was named, almost fell into the river here.

 thumbnail - The Mushpot, where the park road crosses the Murtle River

The Mushpot, where the park road crosses the Murtle River

Wells Gray Provincial Park, British Columbia, Canada

July 13, 2003
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Helmcken Falls

Total height: 462 feet / 141 meters

This is one of the most impressive waterfalls I have ever seen. It free-leaps over a deep dark alcove, a huge volume of water. The easy safe viewing points on the north bank afford great photo opportunities, but there is another, riskier, viewpoint on the cliffs opposite.

Official site: Helmcken Falls (World Waterfall Database)

Wikipedia article: Helmcken Falls

 thumbnail - Helmcken Falls from the observation platform, Wells Gray Provincial Park

Helmcken Falls in early afternoon, from the observation platform, Wells Gray Provinical Park

Wells Gray Provincial Park, British Columbia, Canada

July 13, 2003
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Moul Falls

Total height: 115 feet / 35 meters

Another great waterfall in Wells Gray Provincial Park, this is noted for the trail that passes behind the falls.

Official site: Moul Falls (World Waterfall Database)

Wikipedia article: Moul Falls


Spahats Creek Falls

Total height: 240 feet / 73 meters

A slender waterfall on the road leading into Wells Gray Park.

Official site: Spahats Creek Falls (World Waterfall Database)

Wikipedia article: Spahats Creek Falls


Twin Falls on Hudson Bay Mountain

Estimated height: 800 feet / 244 meters

Official site: Twin Falls (World Waterfall Database)

 thumbnail - Hudson Bay Mountain with glacier and twin waterfalls

near Smithers, British Columbia, Canada

August 2, 2013
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