Everyone loves waterfalls. I’m sure we’re not the only one to go against TLC’s advice – ‘Don’t go chasing waterfalls’.
Whether looking for a way to cool down or you just want to admire their beauty, you’ve come to the right place.
Although not an exhaustive list of the island’s beautiful waterfalls, we are sharing a few favourites here on Vancouver Island.
1.Trent River Falls, Royston
A few minutes off the North Bound Highway, Trent River falls is well worth the scramble down. Perfect for a dip! Some people jump off the falls. However, it is quite shallow and perhaps not worth the risk.
2. Hole in the Wall, Port Alberni
The Hole in the Wall was once a short cut for the town’s water supply, but is now a popular spot for day hikers and photographers alike! Just across from Coombs Country Candy, the trail to the Hole in the Wall is about a 10-minute walk and is well signed.
3.Goldstream Park, Victoria
Although literally right off the highway, Niagara Falls is definitely worth a visit! There are also some neat smaller waterfalls around the main campground area of Goldstream Park. I suggest checking this one out in the morning, before the rush of people.
4. No Name Falls, Marion Main Line, Port Alberni
This one was a pleasant surprise to find! There are many of waterfalls up old logging roads and access points that are glacier fed and are sure to cool you down. This waterfall is on the way up Marion Main Line, which is an access road for Triple Peak and 5040 mountain. As with any logging road, make sure you are aware of when these roads are active as logging trucks have the right of way.
5. Medicine Bowls, Courtenay
A dramatic cutout with a waterfall at the end, the Medicine Bowls are a popular swim spot in the summer! Please be warned that this can be a dangerous spot if the water levels are too high. The Medicine Bowls are at the end of Forbidden Plateau Road, take the dirt road straight where the road continues a sharp left up the hill.
6. Sandcut Beach, Jordan River
Sandcut Beach is a neat little waterfall to explore and only a 10-minute walk from the parking lot. Waterfalls and beaches? What’s not to love?!
7. Hidden Falls, Sombrio Beach
Walk down the Sombrio beach to your left from the trailhead and up a river, and you will find a little piece of magic! Sombrio beach is about a 2hr drive from Victoria. Please respect the beautiful moss, just because someone else has carved their name into it, doesn’t mean you should.
8. Millstone River Falls, Bowen Park
This waterfall near Nanaimo is very accessible and is great for families. There are some trails to explore, and make sure check out the rhododendron grove in the spring for a burst of color!
9. Englishman River Falls, Parksville
Mesmerized by the torrents of water cascading through the canyon at Englishman River Falls! "Yet in its power the sound of the river instills a certain peace."Photo G. Green
Another good spot for families. You will need to take Errington Road off of Hwy 4 to get to this popular waterfall. There are about 3km of maintained trails and when the water is flowing this waterfall is impressive and powerful!
10. Christie Falls, Ladysmith
To get to this location, take Grouhel Road exit off Hwy 19, right on Christie Road, and then left on Arroyo Road. Once you are past the yellow gate, on the right, is an old logging road. Park here and follow the road to the fish hatchery. The 2.5km trek to Christie Falls is worth it and is amazing in the winter when the water flow is powerful.
11. Della Falls, Strathcona Park
Last, but certainly not least, Della Falls holds the (arguable) title as Canada’s tallest waterfall. This one isn’t for the feint of heart: take a water taxi or canoe across Great Central Lake to access the trail head to the 15km hike to the base of the Falls. I highly recommend day hiking up to Love Lake from there to get an even better view.
As with any outdoor adventure, please make sure you do your part to minimize your impact on our beautiful island. How many of these waterfalls have you been to? Tell us in the comments below!