Helmcken Falls, Clearwater

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See an impressive natural landmark at Helmcken Falls, the fourth-highest falls in the country. Surrounded by the lush vegetation of a provincial park, the cascade drops over the western escarpment of the Murtle Plateau and crashes into a rough canyon. A viewing platform offers a good perspective on the falls, with the water, canyon, and surrounding trees forming a memorable (and very photogenic) scene. A range of trails through the countryside begin at the falls, of varying lengths and difficulties. To visit Helmcken Falls and other attractions in Clearwater, use our Clearwater online route planner .
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  • Original and impressive falls with this large cavity autour. Beautiful view from the belvedere view depth!
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  • Walking a short trail to see the fury of nature from a platform. These Cascades have 141 meters high and the water falls with a force may be clearly seen as a Grand Canyon has been formed. 10-minute walk you can see best views of the waterfall and Canyon.
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  • really just go! It almost has a tropical feel to it. It is easily accessible - I'd say the easiest to get to from the parking lot out all of the falls... Also stop at Spahat first, then Dawson.  more »
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  • Falls beautiful. Bring mosquito spray!!! You won't spend long here as it's just the lookout up top (didn't see any trails etc). There are a couple of other falls & lookouts on the road in/out too which are good. Saw a couple of accommodation places & eatery/pub on the road in also. Saw a big bear on the side of the road on the way in!
  • One of my favourite waterfalls. I've visited twice to soak in the spectacular view. Though it's a short way off the main road, it is well worth the effort to get there. I remember this image was on the front cover of our phone book a few years back.
  • make sure you visit this place when heading back to BC from Jasper National Park. the view is breathtaking! one of the most amazing things i've seen this year. photos cannot capture what i've seen with my eyes
  • Phenomenal view of the falls. Would've loved to have done the Helmcken Rim trek, but we were on a time constraint. A mere few minutes from the parking area and you're amidst the gorgeous view.
  • Gorgeous falls that can only be seen on a clear day (when it's rainy the mist covers it). Massively tall. Easy to get to from the parking lot.

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Camping grounds and RV parks make up the majority of options in the small town, with the most scenic of these located slightly west of the center, on the shores of Dutch Lake. Don't expect much in the way of amenities at these sites--if you're looking for something more luxurious, reserve in advance to secure a room in one of the town's few bed and breakfasts.
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