10 of the Best Waterfalls on Vancouver Island

Vancouver Island is a paradise for nature lovers, with its rugged coastline, lush forests, and majestic mountains. But one of the most stunning features are the waterfalls on Vancouver Island which range from cascading streams to thundering torrents. Imagine seeing a waterfall that is higher than the Eiffel Tower, or a waterfall that flows over driftwood logs onto a sandy beach or even one that is named after ancient fossils. Here are 10 of the best waterfalls on Vancouver Island that you should not miss.

1. Lower Myra Falls

This waterfall is located in Strathcona-Westmin Provincial Park, at the southern tip of Buttle Lake. It has upper and lower viewing areas, where you can admire the falls plunging into a deep pool surrounded by rocks and trees. The hike to the falls is short and easy, making it suitable for all ages and abilities. Lower Myra Falls is a perfect spot to enjoy the beauty and tranquility of nature.

2. Ammonite Falls

This waterfall is named after the fossilized ammonites that can be found in the rocks near the falls. It is located in Benson Creek Falls Regional Park, near Nanaimo. The falls drop over a cliff into a canyon, creating a spectacular sight. The hike to the falls is moderate and involves some steep sections and rope-assisted descents. Ammonite Falls is a hidden gem that rewards adventurous hikers with a stunning view.

3. Stocking Creek Trail

Stocking Creek Trail leads to a series of waterfalls along Stocking Creek, near Ladysmith. The trail is well-maintained and follows a boardwalk and stairs through the forest. The main attraction is Stocking Creek Falls, which cascades over a rock wall into a pool. The trail also passes by other smaller falls and rapids along the way. Stocking Creek Trail is a scenic walk that offers a variety of sights and sounds.

4. Della Falls

Della Falls Vancouver Island

Della Falls is one of the most well-known waterfalls on Vancouver Island (no, I'm not named after it) and is the highest in Canada, with a total drop of 440 meters. It is located in Strathcona Provincial Park, near Port Alberni. The falls are fed by Della Lake, which lies in a glacial valley surrounded by snow-capped peaks. The hike to the falls is challenging and requires a boat ride across Great Central Lake and a two-day trek through the wilderness. Della Falls is a bucket-list destination for experienced hikers who want to witness one of the wonders of nature.

5. Virgin Falls

This waterfall is located near Tofino, on the west coast of Vancouver Island. It is a hidden gem that can be accessed by a gravel road and a short hike. The falls drop from a narrow opening in the cliff into a clear pool below. The falls are especially impressive after heavy rain or snowmelt. Virgin Falls is a peaceful oasis that invites you to relax and enjoy the scenery.

6. Englishman River Falls

This waterfall is located in Englishman River Falls Provincial Park, near Parksville. It consists of two tiers of falls that flow into a deep canyon. The park has a network of trails that offer views of the falls and the river, as well as picnic areas and campsites. The park is also home to old-growth Douglas fir trees and wildlife such as deer and black bears. Englishman River Falls is a family-friendly park that has something for everyone.

7. Elk Falls

This waterfall is located in Elk Falls Provincial Park, near Campbell River. It is one of the most powerful waterfalls on Vancouver Island, with a drop of 25 meters and a width of 15 meters. The park has a suspension bridge that spans the canyon and offers thrilling views of the falls and the river below. The park also has trails that explore the forest and the Quinsam salmon hatchery. Elk Falls is an exciting park that showcases the force and beauty of nature.

8. Little Qualicum Falls

This waterfall is located in Little Qualicum Falls Provincial Park, near Qualicum Beach. It is a scenic cascade that flows over several ledges into a gorge. The park has trails that follow both sides of the river and offer views of the falls and the surrounding forest. The park also has picnic areas and campsites for visitors who want to stay longer.

9. Nymph Falls

This waterfall is located in Nymph Falls Nature Park, near Courtenay. It is a series of rapids that flow over smooth rocks into pools below. The park has trails that lead to various viewpoints of the falls and the river, as well as benches and picnic tables for relaxing. The park is also popular for swimming, fishing, biking, and horseback riding.

10. Sandcut Beach Falls

This waterfall is located on Sandcut Beach, near Sooke. It is a small but charming waterfall that flows over driftwood logs onto the beach. The beach is accessible by a short hike through the forest and offers views of the ocean and the Olympic Mountains. The beach is also ideal for beachcombing, surfing, and camping. Note: The image above is from my last visit but I managed to not get any photos of the actual falls!

These are just some of the amazing waterfalls on Vancouver Island!

Whether you are looking for a relaxing stroll, a challenging hike, or a thrilling adventure, you will find a waterfall that suits your taste and mood.

Vancouver Island is a place where you can experience the beauty and diversity of nature in all its forms. If you ever have a chance to visit this island, make sure to check out these waterfalls and discover their magic for yourself.

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