Waterfalls are among the world’s most wondrous natural sights. There is nothing like a mighty mass of water cascading and crashing down rocks to enliven the senses. The waterfalls in Canada certainly did not disappoint, but it was the smaller ones that left more of a lasting impact.
I’m not saying that Niagara Falls – the most famous in Canada – was not impressive to see. Visiting this incredible force of nature in Ontario was well worth the effort – especially due to the fact that a gorgeous rainbow decided to make an appearance. Just like a smile brightens up a face, this rainbow brightened up Niagara Falls.
I was surprised to discover that Niagara Falls consists of three waterfalls: Horseshoe Falls on the Canadian side and the American Falls and much smaller Bridal Veil Falls in the US.
Horseshoe Falls grabs the most attention out of the three waterfalls.
Niagara is the biggest waterfall in North America – the largest waterfall I’ve ever visited (so far!). But, as I mentioned earlier, the smaller waterfalls were so much better. Let me show you my picks for the best waterfalls in Canada…
Takakkaw Falls, Yoho National Park
The highest waterfall in the Canadian Rockies and one of the highest in Canada is the spectacular Takakkaw Falls. The stunning setting in Yoho National Park made visiting here all the more wonderful.
There is something really special about this waterfall. You are able to get right up close to it and feel the refreshing ice-cold spray. It looks beautiful and, unlike Niagara Falls which is surrounded by hotels and casinos, this location feels natural.
Glacial waterfalls at Stanley Glacier, Kootenay National Park
I never would have envisaged that tiny trickles of water would have more resonance with me than the mammoth Niagara Falls. When I was hiking in Stanley Valley, numerous glacial waterfalls could be see majestically tumbling down the rock side.
They were magical and reminded me of the waterfalls you see in the Lord of the Rings films; in the heavenly elven habitat of Rivendell.
Little Qualicum Falls, Vancouver Island, British Columbia
When I worked on an organic blueberry farm in Vancouver Island as a WWOOF-er, I had an opportunity to see some of the local sights. This included Little Qualicum Falls Provincial Park where there were some lovely waterfalls.
A short scenic hike through woodland took in two different look-out spots: the lower falls and upper falls. The setting was perfect, with mountains in the background and craggy rocks and trees to add breathtaking dimension to the scene surrounding the tumultuous Little Qualicum River.
Giant Steps, Banff National Park
This might have been the location where I lost my camera (the second camera within two weeks I might add!), but there’s no taking away the fact that Giant Steps is absolutely amazing. This waterfall is accessible via a day hike in the area behind Lake Louise.
There are lots of grizzlies here and you will have to hike in a group of four or more; safety in numbers and all that! Take bear bells with you or, alternatively, sing your heart out to ensure the bears avoid you like the plague .
Have you visited any waterfalls in Canada? What is your favourite and why?