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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  • August 15, 2017
    Easy to access - parking - toilets available and clean - beware of the mosquitos
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  • August 15, 2017
    Well worth visiting and easy to reach, with a platform to shoot beautiful pictures. Tip: in the afternoon when the sun is shining on the falls, you will see a rainbow :-))  more »
  • August 15, 2017
    It has been a while since I have toured the waterfalls in Wells Gray and I am very pleased that I did. Helmcken Falls is a unique, powerful and beautiful waterfall. It is one of our hidden gems in BC....  more »
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  • June 9, 2017
    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!
  • October 10, 2016
    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.
  • December 16, 2016
    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
  • September 13, 2016
    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.
  • October 11, 2016
    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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