Waterfalls Near Vancouver You Need to Visit

Brandywine Falls near Whistler, BC

Brandywine Falls between Squamish and Whistler. Photo credit: Justin Kenneth Rowley on the Inside Vancouver Flickr pool.

Vancouver is known as a rainy city. But all that rain feeds our rivers and streams. And those rivers and streams sometimes come crashing downhill as spectacular waterfalls. Here are ten of the best waterfalls to visit near Vancouver. A few of them require a short hike, but most are within five minutes of the parking lot.

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Waterfalls Near Vancouver You Need to Visit

Top 5 Waterfalls to Visit in and around Vancouver

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Image courtesy of Colin Knowles | Inside Vancouver Flickr Pool

There’s something about hiking to a waterfall that’s extremely rewarding. They make for great photographs, they provide a spectacular backdrop for a picnic, and they sometimes even provide an opportunity for a refreshing cool-down shower.

In Vancouver and the surrounding areas, there always seems to be a waterfall at the end of most trails. Whether it’s large and intimidating or picturesque and silky smooth, waterfalls are always a great ending to a hike in Vancouver.

There are over 15 waterfall hikes in the Vancouver and Lower Mainland area, so to make your choice a little easier of which one to visit (although you should try and see them all!), I’ve got a list of the top 5 waterfalls that are worth the walk. Check it out below:

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Top 5 Waterfalls to Visit in and around Vancouver

Great (under-the-radar) Vancouver Hikes: Norvan Falls

NorvanFalls-26Nature lovers in the city know that Lynn Canyon Park in North Vancouver is beautiful … but crowded.  On weekends, visitors queue up for a chance to cross the iconic suspension bridge and busy trails feel more like city sidewalks.

But just a few kilometres north at the Lynn Headwaters Regional Park is an entirely different experience: fewer people, more trails and scenery that’s no less gorgeous.

I checked out the area over the weekend on a hike to Norvan Falls.  At 12 kilometres roundtrip (about four-five hours of moderate-paced walking), the trail is a bit long but pays off with incredible river views and a pristine waterfall at the end.

Getting to Lynn Headwaters Regional Park requires following Lynn Valley Road all the way to the end of the line, where it turns Rice Lake Road, a narrow, winding lane that traces the course of the river.  After parking, I crossed a broad wooden bridge over Lynn Creek and reached the trailhead, where a large map shows the route to Norvan Falls and other destinations.

The first part of the trail immediately plunges into thick cedar forest.   Continue reading:
Great (under-the-radar) Vancouver Hikes: Norvan Falls