365 Canadian Sights | Day 291: Bridal Veil Falls

Bridal Veil Falls II
| Image from Flickr/Ken Dow via CC BY NC 2.0 |

A popular hike for Vancouverites looking for a day out of the city, it’s easy to see why Chilliwack’s Bridal Veil Falls draws regular hikers.

The tiered falls splash down a series of rocks, disappearing up into the bush. Because of the repeated steps, the water gets spread out, hence the veil.

Starting some 400 ft. above the base. The view from the bottom is only of the bottom section of the falls. I think there are places, some distance away, where you can see the top of the falls as it starts its journey.

However, despite being tall, it’s not the height that gets it a spot on this list, it’s the aforementioned steps mixed with the dense west coast rainforest, creating a magical little spot tucked away in the bush. Unlike some other falls which are massive and dominate the landscape around them, this is a more secluded, private spot (so long as there aren’t too many other hikers).

Also, there’s a bonus to fans of selfies or profile shots. You can get pretty close to the base of the falls, for some great shots of the water crashing down next to you.

This is a spot I’ve passed many times before. Just outside of Chilliwack, this is one that’s a good trip from Vancouver, if you have a car. It’s easy to get to (straight shot out of the city on a highway) and not an extensive hike. On the downside, despite being close to a city, you’ll still need to have a car, even if you’re heading over from Chilliwack.

TripAdvisor ranks this sight well, though it’s poisoned a bit by car thieves working in the parking lot (general piece of advice, assume any parking lot at a somewhat rural provincial park may be hit by theives). Vancouver Trails has a useful little profile if you want to plan a hiking trip. And here’s the official site, if you’re into that sort of thing.

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