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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. Add Helmcken Falls and other attractions to your Clearwater trip itinerary using our Clearwater vacation planner.
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  • If one is in the Wells Gray you should take this in any case. -very nice natural event :-)
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  • only problem I had with this fall is I couldn't swim in it! gorgeous swimming hole there if u can get to it...or out!  more »
  • Ithis Set Of Falls Is truly Amazing To see. The sound of the water Is exciting To hear. The View around these falls is breath taking. This Is a Must see if you are near this location. Also a photograp...  more »
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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • As an Alaskan, I have to say, Helmcken Falls is very impressive. I visited there in September of 1971. I was visiting my father who was the superintendent on a project for K.P. Wood near Vavenby. The drive to the Falls was not bad for back then, all dirt and rock and pretty rough. It was a memory I'll never forget.
  • Tip: there's a hike that starts a few km south that gets you next to the waterfall for another impressive perpective. Don't forget your mosquito repellent if you are visiting during spring or summer.