Waterfalls You Must See on Vancouver Island

Lupin Falls
Lupin Falls
Lupin Falls
Lupin Falls

Vancouver Island is an adventurer’s paradise, filled with breathtaking natural beauty, rugged coastline, and picturesque landscapes. One of the most exciting ways to experience the island’s beauty is by visiting its many stunning waterfalls. From the cascading Lupin Falls to the thundering Elk Falls, there are plenty of waterfalls to explore on Vancouver Island.

1. One of the best ways to start your waterfall adventure is by visiting Lupin Falls. This waterfall is located in Strathcona Provincial Park and is surrounded by lush greenery and stunning scenery.

The first time I experienced Lupin Falls, I was living in Gold River at the time, working as a wedding coordinator at the Strathcona Park Lodge (and if you’ve never been there, I HIGHLY recommend it – another blog to come about living and working there – pre-pandemic). I had been directing guests toward the Falls but I had never been there myself, so I decided on one of my days off that I would venture down that road and check it out. It was in August and I grabbed my 14 year old (at the time) Husky and we took a drive. We left in the morning and went. Now, i look back and I probably should have told someone I was going there because I had no idea where I was going or what to expect, and there is no cell service on that highway. Thankfully – I made it there and back just fine. 

I drove down the highway and when I finally saw the sign for Lupin Falls – my soul got so excited. I pulled over into the little parking lot that is across the road from the Falls and me and Mischa ventured in.

Since seeing it for the first time, I’ve seen many waterfalls and I still say that Lupin is in my Top 3. The feeling I get every time I step inside almost feels magical. The trees are so green and you almost feel nothing else matters once you are inside. It reminds me of a fairy-tale themed forest that you read about in a children’s book. When I walked through the pathway and got up to the waterfall, I felt so grateful that they would have me. I felt so grateful to be surrounded by such magic. 

The hike to the falls is relatively easy, making it perfect for families and beginners. Once you reach the falls, you’ll be rewarded with a stunning view of the cascading water.

2. Another must-visit waterfall on Vancouver Island is Upper and Lower Myra Falls. Located in Strathcona Provincial Park, these waterfalls are a bit more challenging to reach but are definitely worth the effort. The falls are surrounded by a stunning old-growth forest, and the hike to the falls offers breathtaking views of the surrounding landscape.

Lower Myra Falls
Lower Myra Falls

3. If you’re looking for a waterfall that’s easily accessible, Niagara Falls in Goldstream Provincial Park is the perfect choice. This scenic waterfall is located near Victoria and is just a short walk from the parking lot. The waterfall is stunning, with crystal-clear water cascading down a rocky cliff face.

4. China Creek Falls is another breathtaking waterfall on Vancouver Island. Located in Port Alberni, this waterfall is surrounded by a lush forest and offers a peaceful retreat from the hustle and bustle of the city. The hike to the falls is moderate, making it a great option for those who are up for a bit of a challenge.

5. Finally, Elk Falls is one of the most impressive waterfalls on Vancouver Island. Located in Campbell River, this thundering waterfall is a must-visit for anyone who loves nature and adventure. The hike to the falls is easy, and once you arrive, you’ll be rewarded with an awe-inspiring view of the cascading water.

Vancouver Island is a paradise for adventure seekers, and exploring its many stunning waterfalls is the perfect way to experience its natural beauty. Whether you’re a seasoned hiker or a beginner, there’s a waterfall on Vancouver Island that’s perfect for you.

Don’t miss other hidden gems like Stokes Falls, Weiner Falls, Nahmint Falls, Little Qualicum Falls, and Snow Creek Falls.

So grab your hiking boots, pack your camera, and get ready for an unforgettable adventure!

Elk Falls, Photo Credit: Kurt Bauman

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