When it comes to Canadian landscapes I’ll admit, even though I’m Canadian, I never realized how diverse my country was. But I’ll let you in on a little secret.. we have more water falls than just Niagara Falls.. In fact we have lots of them. And it was so secret that I didn’t even know about it till a little vacation into BC led me to some of the pretty scenery and of course – waterfalls.
On a trip to Clearwater BC, a small town located a few hours away from the Rocky Mountains, I did some research and found that Clearwater was home to Canada’s 4th largest waterfall – Helmcken Falls.
Then I realized that there were waterfalls all around the Clearwater area. You could hike to see them or you could drive to 3 of them out of 7.
Being short on time we decided to see Helmcken and Dawson Falls but there was a waterfall circuit tourists and Canadian’s could make there way to.
The drive was only about 30 minutes from Clearwater’s centre with winding roads through untouched land. It was a beautiful drive with an even beautifuler destination.
Before the trip I’ll admit the photos of the falls didn’t look all that impressive. But what photos have a hard time telling you that your eyes don’t is how big things are (463 ft to be exact.) And this was certainly the case with Canada’s secret Helmcken Falls.
I was in awe of the gigantic waterfall. It looked like a crater had chipped away at the steep sloped and carved out a perfect spot for a roaring waterfall.
Named in honour after a physician from the 1800’s from the Hudson’s Bay Company this huge lava deposit started its formation 200,000 years ago. Only becoming the beautiful waterfall we see today 10,000 years ago.
Anyone looking for a scenic drive should put Wells Gray Provincial Park on their bucket list and head to see the underrated waterfalls of British Columbia.
Have you seen any waterfalls? Which was your favourite one? Comment below!
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