10 Waterfalls you need to see near Vancouver, BC

Vancouver is well-known for it’s rainy climate and the best thing to do when it’s raining is chase waterfalls! Located in a temperate rainforest, Vancouver is close to plenty of epic waterfall adventures and hikes, and whether you’re looking for an easy view from the parking lot or a challenging hike, we’ve got you covered to help you get out and chase some waterfalls!

Since waterfalls look the best and are most impressive when they are rushing with powerful water, my best advice is to visit these waterfalls in the Spring or after/during a fresh rain. There’s something special about seeing a waterfall after a fresh rainfall, and since it’s constantly raining in Vancouver you’ll likely be in luck. Keep reading if chasing waterfalls sounds like your kind of adventure!

Best Waterfalls Near Vancouver

brandywine falls view from above

There are plenty of waterfalls adventures to find near Vancouver, and as we’re located in a temperate rainforest these waterfalls can be pretty impressive! Since it rains for a large part of the year in Vancouver our outdoor adventures are full of lush, beautiful old-growth trees and powerful waterfalls. I’ve put together this list of our favourite waterfall hikes that we went on during our first year in Vancouver and hope to inspire you to add them to your Vancouver, BC bucket-list!

Brandywine Falls, Whistler

guy standing in front of brandywine falls from the base of the falls

Visiting this massive, impressive waterfall should be one of the first things you do on your visit to Whistler! Brandywine Falls is found at the end of a short walk in Brandywine Provincial Park and also makes for an epic day-trip from Vancouver. This waterfall is 70M carved into the surrounding walks and is a classic example of why British Columbia is so special. If you’re up for the hike to see the falls up close, read Brandywine Falls hike with directions to the bottom!

Norvan Falls, North Vancouver

girl standing in front of Norvan Falls in North Vancouver

This is an awesome hike located in North Vancouver in Lynn Canyon Park. This 14KM out-and-back trail is super enjoyable because there is practically no elevation. If you’re looking for a long walk in the forest with a beautiful waterfall reward at the end, check out Norvan Falls during any season.

Cascade Falls, Mission

We love suspension bridges in BC, and Cascade Falls is one of the most photogenic waterfall views with an epic suspension bridge hanging over top. This is a super accessible waterfall with less than 1KM to walk slightly uphill to reach the suspension bridge loop. Pro tip: we think this waterfall is best enjoyed in the early Spring, because of the extra rain making the waterfall extra powerful!

Mystic Beach, Juan De Fuca Provincial Park

couple walking towards mystic beach waterfall on Vancouver Island

This might be our absolute favourite on the list, and it’s located on Vancouver Island. Mystic Beach is an epic hike in a part of Vancouver Island that you don’t want to miss. On one of our top hikes on Vancouver Island, you’ll follow the trail until you reach the beach and find this coastal waterfall flowing into the ocean.

Sombrio Beach, Juan De Fuca Provincial Park

sombrio beach hidden waterfall couple

Another Vancouver Island favourite, the hidden Sombrio Beach waterfall is so unique and special that it’s one of our top recommendations on the island. With less than 500M to follow on the trail to Sombrio Beach, this is a super accessible beach and the adventure kicks in when you search for the hidden waterfall. We’ve written detailed instructions to getting here, and prepare to be amazed by this emerald green cave waterfall.

Niagara Falls, Goldstream Provincial Park

couple standing in-front of Niagara Falls in Goldstream provincial park

This waterfall has the same name as another famous waterfall in Canada, however, this waterfall makes it on our list for the lush, mossy green rock walls surrounding the large falls. Another accessible waterfall that will take you less than 2 minutes from the parking lot, this is a great stop to add on your Vancouver Island road-trip.

Myra Falls, Strathcona Provincial Park

This waterfall on Vancouver Island felt like paradise when we first saw it in the summer. On a bright sunny day, the below water Myra Falls is bright blue and a perfect spot for swimming. The falls themselves are super beautiful when they’re flowing, creating multiple streams of water falling over the rocks.

Elk Falls, Strathcona Provincial Park

This is another great suspension bridge waterfall, and it’s a great easy-access with a short trail that leads you around the park and the falls. This is one of the largest waterfalls on the list and the epic suspension bridge gives you an up-close view of the falls.

Kennedy Falls, North Vancouver

This North Vancouver waterfall is a rugged adventure through the forest on a 9.8KM trail. This waterfall is known to be the most impressive on the North Shore, and while this trail is not maintained but it’s mostly flat with some easy technical sections.

Gold Creek Falls, Golden Ears Provincial Park

Gold Creek Falls is a fantastic recommendation on this list not only for the scenic waterfalls but for the large swimming hole surrounding it! This 5.5KM hike will take you through the bright green old growth forests of Golden Ears Provincial Park and you’ll be taken to both the lower and upper falls. The falls are only 20ft tall but extremely powerful!

Other waterfalls to visit near Vancouver

  • Shannon Falls, Squamish
  • Bridal Veil Falls, Chilliwack
  • Cypress Falls, North Vancouver
  • Nairn Falls, Pemberton
  • Della Falls, Strathcona Provincial Park

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