Teresa the Traveler's Top Ten Waterfall Day Trips From Kamloops
Who knew we had so many gorgeous waterfall within a short distance of Kamloops? Not me until recently. Wells Gray Park alone have 39 named waterfalls and countless unnamed ones for outdoor enthusiasts to discover. Here are ten of my favorite of the ones I have visited so far. I am sure this list will change as I discover the many others.
#10 - Crown Lake Falls
I am not sure what they real name of these falls are but they are located on the shores of Crown Lake in Marble Canyon. Trickling down a dramatic rock face they empty into a tiny creek located near a large cave surrounded by beautiful waist high white wildflowers.
#9 - Moses Falls
Located not far from the Revelstoke Dam, these little known falls empty into the Columbia River. A short trail from the parking area brings you to this fairy tale setting as the water trickles over various parts to a rock ledge.
#8 Sphatts Falls in Wells Gray
Located on Spahats Creek, this is the first waterfall you come to as you drive up the main road into Wells Gray Provincial Park in Clearwater. Common references place the falls at around 60 m (197 ft) tall, but taking into account the second tier, it is closer to 75–80 meters tall.
#7 Mouls Falls in Wells Gray
Only the hard core waterfall chasers in Wells Gray make the epic journey to these falls. Located a 40 minute hike in, visitors love to visit in the summer when the water is warm and walk behind the falls and into the cave beside it.
#6 - The Five Albas Falls
Racing down Celista Creek into the Shuswap Lake are five incredible and powerful waterfalls. The hike up one side and down the other side of the creek is one of the best hikes in British Columbia. But keep your distance as these falls fatal have claimed more than one life.
#5 - Bridal Veil Falls in Bridal Falls
Not to be mistaken with Peterson Creek's Bridal Veil Falls, these magnificent falls located past Hope on the way to Vancouver were appropriately named as they do resemble a bride's veil.
#4 - Wapta Falls
One of the many highlights of Yoho National Park, these magnificent falls never disappoint. Located on the clear green waters of the Kicking Horse River between Golden and Field, the mist from them often casts a beautiful rainbow. Check out my Top Ten Day Hikes From Kamloops list to see for yourself.
#3 - Dawsen Falls Wells Gray
Located on the Murtle River, these picturesque falls are just a short walk from the parking area. Watch for signs along the main park road as it is located just down the road from Spahats Falls.
#2 - Helmken Falls in Wells Gray
These falls are so incredible, Wells Gray Park was created to protect them. One of seven waterfalls on the Murtle River , this 141 meter waterfall is the fourth highest in Canada. The trail from the parking lot is short and gentle and there is a large viewing deck for your convenience.
#1 - Sylvia Falls Wells Gray Park
With 39 named waterfalls, it's no wonder this is the firth waterfall on my list located in beautiful Wells Gray Park. This is my favorite falls because it is more difficult to get to thus not as visited as the other falls. One of two falls on the Mahood River it flows from Mahood Lake.
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