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13 amazing Vancouver Island waterfalls you need to visit this summer


Everyone has an undeniable fascination with waterfalls, despite TLC’s wise words advising us against chasing them.

Waterfalls hold a timeless allure, captivating us with their sheer beauty and mesmerizing cascades.

Vancouver Island, with its stunning natural landscapes, is home to numerous breathtaking waterfalls that are sure to enchant nature lovers and adventure seekers alike.

Whether you’re seeking a refreshing dip in a natural pool or simply want to admire the splendor from afar, Vancouver Island’s waterfalls offer an unforgettable experience.

Here, we’ll share a glimpse of just a few of our favorite waterfalls on this magnificent island. Remember to enjoy them responsibly and help preserve their pristine surroundings.

Trent River Falls, Royston

Kayleen VanderRee

A short distance from the Comox Valley, Trent River Falls awaits, enticing adventurers with its beauty. While the scramble down may require some effort, the reward is well worth it. This enchanting waterfall offers a perfect spot for a refreshing dip, and for the more daring, some even take the plunge and jump off the falls. However, it’s important to note that the water depth is shallow, so proceed with caution and assume any risks involved.

Hole in the Wall, Port Alberni

Kayleen VanderRee

Once a vital shortcut for the town’s water supply, the Hole in the Wall has transformed into a beloved destination for day hikers and photography enthusiasts.

Situated conveniently across from Coombs Country Candy, the trail leading to the Hole in the Wall is easily accessible with a mere 10-minute walk. Clear signage along the path ensures that visitors can navigate their way effortlessly to this captivating attraction.

Goldstream Park, Victoria

Kayleen VanderRee

Despite being conveniently located right off the highway, Niagara Falls remains a must-visit destination. Its majestic beauty and awe-inspiring power are truly a sight to behold. Additionally, if you find yourself exploring the main campground area of Goldstream Park, you’ll discover some charming smaller waterfalls nearby. We recommend visiting these hidden gems in the morning, allowing you to appreciate their tranquility and natural splendor before the influx of visitors arrives.

No Name Falls, Marion Main Line, Port Alberni

Kayleen VanderRee

Discovering this waterfall is truly a delightful surprise! Tucked away on old logging roads and access points, these glacier-fed waterfalls offer a refreshing escape from the summer heat.

One such waterfall can be found along the route to Marion Main Line, which serves as an access road for Triple Peak and 5040 Mountain. However, it’s important to note that logging trucks have the right of way on these roads, so it’s crucial to stay informed about their activity and exercise caution accordingly.

Medicine Bowls, Courtenay

Kayleen VanderRee

Nestled within a stunning landscape, the Medicine Bowls offer a captivating swim spot that attracts visitors during the summer months. This natural wonder features a striking cutout with a mesmerizing waterfall at its end.

However, it’s important to exercise caution and be aware of water levels, as this spot can become dangerous when water levels are high. To access the Medicine Bowls, follow Forbidden Plateau Road until you reach a point where the road sharply veers left up the hill. Take the dirt road from there to embark on an adventure that leads to this hidden gem of nature.

Little Qualicum River Falls

A stunning natural wonder on Vancouver Island. The river’s cascades form a mesmerizing display of beauty and power amidst lush forest surroundings. Explore the well-maintained trails and immerse yourself in the tranquil ambiance of this picturesque waterfall. Perfect for nature enthusiasts and photographers.

Sandcut Beach, Jordan River

Kayleen VanderRee

Sandcut Beach, located in Jordan River, is a hidden coastal gem that offers a mesmerizing blend of rugged beauty and tranquility. Nestled amidst lush rainforest, this sandy shoreline features a stunning waterfall that cascades directly onto the beach. A perfect spot for beachcombing, picnicking, and exploring the tidal pools teeming with marine life.

It’s only a 10-minute walk from the parking lot. Waterfalls and beaches – what’s not to love?!

Hidden Falls, Sombrio Beach

Kayleen VanderRee

Embark on a captivating journey as you walk along Sombrio Beach, to the left from the trailhead and up a river, where a hidden treasure awaits. About a two-hour drive from Victoria, this enchanting beach captivates with its magical ambiance. While exploring, please honor the beauty of the moss-covered surroundings and refrain from carving names into it, preserving its natural allure for all to enjoy.

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 to check out the rhododendron grove in the spring for a burst of color!

 Englishman River Falls, Parksville

A fantastic destination for families, this popular waterfall is easily accessible by taking Errington Road off of Hwy 4. Follow the well-maintained trails for approximately 3km to reach this awe-inspiring natural wonder. When the water is flowing, the waterfall showcases its impressive power, leaving visitors in awe of nature’s might.

Christie Falls, Ladysmith

For an unforgettable adventure, follow these directions to reach Christie Falls. Take the Grouhel Road exit off Hwy 19, turn right on Christie Road, and then left on Arroyo Road.

Beyond the yellow gate, you’ll find an old logging road where you can park. Follow the road to the fish hatchery and embark on the 2.5km trek to reach the breathtaking Christie Falls. During winter, witness the awe-inspiring power of the water flow, making it an incredible sight to behold.

Tsusiat Falls

Tsusiat Falls is a magnificent waterfall located along the West Coast Trail. As the Tsusiat River rushes over a cliff, it plunges into a natural rock amphitheater, creating a breathtaking display of cascading water.

This dramatic and picturesque waterfall is a must-see for hikers and nature enthusiasts exploring the rugged beauty of the West Coast Trail.

Della Falls, Strathcona Park

Kayleen VanderRee

Saving the best for last, Della Falls proudly boasts the claim (subject to debate) of being Canada’s tallest waterfall. This awe-inspiring natural wonder demands a sense of adventure. Start your journey by taking a water taxi or canoe across Great Central Lake, granting access to the trailhead for the 15km hike to the base of the falls.

For an even more breathtaking perspective, we highly recommend a day hike up to Love Lake. Remember, as responsible outdoor enthusiasts, let’s all do our part to minimize our impact and preserve the beauty of our beloved island.


How many of these waterfalls have you been to? Tell us in the comment section below!

Victoria Buzz Staff
Your inside source for Greater Victoria happenings. Established in 2012.

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