5 Places to View Waterfalls in BC’s West Kootenays1

5 Places to View Waterfalls in BC’s West Kootenays

With the amount of water flowing through the area, there are plenty of places in BC’s Kootenay region to find waterfalls. However, finding information about them online is a different story. There wasn’t a list (that I could find) with great falls in the area, so I decided to create one covering five of my favourites that I’ve found in the year since moving here.

The bonus is that these five are family-friendly and great for a quick (but impactful) view.

1. Fletcher Falls

When I moved to British Columbia, Fletcher Falls was the waterfall I was first told I had to go see. It makes sense — it’s noted by some as one of Canada’s most spectacular falls, and the hike in takes less than five minutes on a smooth, but steep path. Even with all this, it’s still unknown to many Nelson locals.

Nothing makes me more curious than the unknown.

Just south of Kaslo, these 15+ metre (49+ feet) falls drain the higher-altitude Fletcher Lake in Kokanee Creek Provincial Park. The trail to the falls leads you into a cavern-like amphitheatre where the falls pour over. Standing there, the trees hover overhead from crevices in the cavern’s rock wall. It’s a cool hike, even in the midst of the summer’s heat. When I finished snapping photos, I followed the flow of water for a minute and found myself on the beach of Kootenay Lake — wish I had brought a picnic and swimsuit, or even a tent, since camping is allowed there.

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