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.