365 Canadian Sights | Day 342: Myra Falls

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Carved into the rock in the central part of Vancouver Island is Myra Falls.

Like a location from the Adriatic, the falls tumble over a series of dramatic (though short drops into a pool on the edge of Buttle Lake.

Filled with minerals (there’s a mine upstream) the water has a slightly abnormal hue, like glacial lakes. It helps that the falls are located amongst some very solid looking stone, allowing the colour to pop and observers lots of angles to get close (if conditions allow, the falls vary depending on season and water flow).

The Lower Falls are the popular spot, and to be fair, the reason the falls are on the list, but there is a set of Upper Falls not too far away. Tucked away in the forest, they’re much steeper and, from some angles seem to barrel through the canopy. A bridge nearby gives a close-up view.

Located inland, in Strathcona Park, there’s a lot to see in this area, away from the coast. These falls are but one of the brighter highlights amongst many.

Even though it’s closer to Courtenay/Comox by distance, this sight is closer to Campbell River by drive time, since there’s no route inland to this area from Courtenay/Comox. You’ll need a car for this one, but the good news is the route is paved, so the one-and-a-half-hour trip is smooth and relatively clear.

Ranked only 13 of things to do in Campbell River (not that it’s that close), this is another location that suffers from a lack of exposure. It has an amazing rating, but not many people make the treck to the north end of the island, and those who do don’t often head inland, being that the ocean is usually the draw. This post covers the lower falls a bit more, while this piece covers more of the nerdy stuff, like biology and ecology in the area. 

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Hike: Lower Myra Falls Location: Strathcona Prov. Park Difficulty: Easy Distance: 1.5 km Dogs allowed: Yes, on-leash Lower Myra Falls, in Strathcona Provincial Park, is a short hike which leads to a beautiful waterfall. Located at the southern tip of Buttle Lake, Lower Myra Falls is remote but well worth the stop for anyone visiting or camping Strathcona Park. Shorter and easier to hike than nearby Upper Myra Falls, Lower Myra Falls is kid-friendly and makes for a terrific family outing. Click the link in our bio for full description or go to outdoorvancouver.ca/lower-myra #outdoorvancouver #explorebc #ilovebc #bcpnw #hikebc #pnw #pnwonderland #resfeberlifestyle #vancouverisawesome #vancity #hellobc #explorecanada #beautifulbc #pnwcollective #mecnation #pnwlife #vancouvertrails #vancouverlife #discoverbc #thatpnwlife #vancitywild #discovervancouver #shorevi #strathcona #strathconapark #myrafalls #vanisle

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