DON’T TELL ME NOT TO GO CHASiNG WATERFALLS 🤓💦🤪
WATERFALLS!!! Pretty cool thaaangs, right? Well, I’ve always felt amazed when I’m around them. It was actually one of our first things to add to our “need to explore” list when we first moved to the Okanagan. Prior to moving here, I’ve only ever just passed through- so I have never really explored, yet.
So here are the waterfalls that we have found and been to, so far, in and around the Okanangan region.
Side note- these are juuuust the ones that we have personally checked out in the last year. Of course, there are many more close to and around us. BUT this is a thing we enjoy doing! If you have any suggestions or stories to throw down don’t be shy- come say hi!
BEAR CREEK FALLS
THiS just might be my fav so far! Definitely a cute mini day tripper as it is not in the Okanagan, but located in the Shuswap region. just passed Rogers Pass.
With the trailhead parking lot easily located directly off of the Trans-Canada Highway, and a short 15 min hike; how could you resist checking this one out?!? But bundle up because this fall is flowing with GORGEOUS yet freeeeeeezing glacier waters && she is a MiSTY one! The trail itself starts off steep, but is very well maintained and considerably easy otherwise. RECOMMENDED 🙌
I’ll see what info I can find to keep this updated BUT to my knowledge, due to an unfortunate spring run-off and mudslides a few years ago, Margaret Falls has been closed to the public. There has been some cute talks as of late about it reopening with a newly groomed out trail very soon! Gah! I CAN’T WAiT!!! So this one, again, is a super short and easy access trail. Full parking lot and rest area. Located on a trail off of Shuswap Lake, north from Salmon Arm. As you walk off the roadside trail, it’s like you literally start walking into another hidden world. A world so majestic, still, and sooo so BIG! The features in this forest, wrapped in a canyon will take your breath away. Check it out!
This lil cutie is probably the most random roadside surprise ever! Just minutes north of Malwaka, Galway between Sicamous and Revelstoke. Along the Number 1 HWY going East you’ll cross a bridge called the Eagle River bridge. Once you cross this bridge, pull over on the right, where you should find the trailhead.
I wouldn’t call it the most maintained of all trails nor easily levelled BUT it is only a 2 minute hitch up from the highway. As mentioned, it’s a cute lil guy, but I love how she peeks through the surrounding mountain forest!
This one- is big! Maaaybe not as hardcore as flowing river falls or dramatic like Niagra. But, take a good look at this picture, here.
Did ya do it? LOOK AT THE SiZE OF iT ALL! Those are mad washed down and fallen full-sized trees! This guy is maybe an easy ten minute trail off of Mable Lake in the Northern Okanagan region, just East from Vernon. Another one that takes you into a world of its own, this trail takes you right into the cracks of its surrounding mountain.
This is probably considered our local most “tourist-y” waterfall site. Easy access... as long as you can handle a few flights of stairs! (🙃 legit) Right along the northern-west side of Okanagan Lake is Fintry Provincial Park and Protected Area in its own town, Fintry. The park has a small parking lot with a maintained outhouse. Now, the entire park itself it’s super well maintained with year-round access, but the initial turn off to get into town is an immediate downward, slopey road. So, as long as you have wheels that are cool and capable- you are golden! Now back to that stair thing, The direct trail brings you to a staircase consisting around 400 stairs with several view points heading up towards the main top waterfall viewing.
This one is our towns local waterfall. Located by Vernon off of Silverstar rd which, of course, means it’s near the foot of our local ski mountain- Silverstar! Newly renovated parking lot area and trails. Short 5-10 minute walk. The majority of this trail is simple and easy. There are a few points where the trail has some steep steps, but the entire stroll is well maintained and just lovely.
Year-round access with proper seasonal footwear. It’s probably fairly mucky right now with all of the snow currently mad melting- but that never stops us. If you get a chance to check this one out in the Spring when it reaches its peak flows- check it out. It’s a pretty rad one to have in our neck of ze woods!
Last but, by all means, certainly not the least! Within an hours drive from downtown Kelowna- Christie Falls is a local Okanangan gem! A year-round fav for hikers & climbers alike. Christie Falls is pretty spectacular in the warm seasons- but did you know climbers like to ice climb this one when it freezes in the winter?!?! PFFT show RAD is that!! Getting here by vehicle is probably the most difficult as it is up the mountain from Bear Creek Provincial Park with limited driving instructions on logging roads. Once you have found the parking lot, you’ll find the trail to be fairly well used, but it is a constant decline toward the falls. From this point you have the option to follow a steep trek down (ropes are in place in this area) to reach the bottom of the falls. OR you can remain following the top trail which leads to the top of the falls.
christie falls is currently still in recovery mode from a fire a few years ago that has left its burn mark. Sad history, but there’s something beautiful about regrow that I find worth appreciating, as well.
That’s it that’s all! Hope you enjoyed! We have started our waterfall wish list for this but if you have any cute ideas or stories of your own to share- DM anytime! We’d love to hear from ya!
So take that, TLC! What if they’re cooler than just the rivrs and lakes that I’m used to! 😜