Waterfalls project the beauty and power of nature in ways that leave you … what’s the word… speechless. Some cascade lightly into trickling streams. Others harness speed and height in a way that’s simply mesmerizing. Reved has put together 10 waterfalls from around the world … of Revelstoke … that offer a variety of scenery, shapes, sizes and adventures for anyone this summer.
STARTING WITH THE EASY ONES
A good way to break up a long, hot drive on the TransCanada, is to take a 30-minute cool-down/stretch stop at Meeting of the Waters (above) in Glacier National Park. If heading south from Revelstoke on Hwy 23, stop in at Blanket Creek campground and Sutherland Falls, a five-minute jaunt up a not-too-steep pathway.
A bit closer to Revelstoke—just past the dump—is Moses Creek Falls (below) —a non-technical but careful downhill scramble, or a bumpy (but short) road, to the foot of the falls.
A LITTLE MORE HARDCORE?
What about a new waterfall-based activity? Creek climbing (pictured below on Boulder Mtn) gives new meaning to going “bouldering.” You can walk, scramble, climb or swim upstream. Then, the fun part is sliding downstream over terrain you’ve scouted. PHOTO BY STEPHANIE BALLENDINE
And, finally, while not hard on the body, getting to Frog Falls might bang the hell out of your car. It’s four clicks up Wap Lake Forest Service Road at Three Valley.
Not quite easy, but easy enough, are two sweet little hikes in the two nearby national parks: Bear Creek Falls (below) just east of Rogers Pass PHOTO BY WILLIAM EATON, and a newly reopened Broken Bridge trail on Mt. Revelstoke (below, below).
They may not be Fern Gully waterfalls, but they’re magical in their own rite. Watching the Revelstoke Dam spillway in action (below) is a sight to behold. Since BC Hydro frequently releases water to maintain a minimum flow, it allows for a periodic industrial waterfall.
Speaking of industrial, in Revelstoke’s Industrial neighbourhood is a fish ladder of gentle flowing steps, allowing Kokanee, a landlocked sockeye salmon, to return to spawn each fall.