The Cariboo Chilcotin plateau, which stretches across central BC, is fed by melt water from two staggeringly large and beautiful mountain ranges: The Coast Mountains and the Cariboo Mountains.
During late spring and early summer, most of these melt waters flow across the Plateau and drain into the mighty Fraser River. From there, all water travels to the great Salish Sea, the Pacific Ocean.
Along that journey across the Plateau, melt water tumbles over some spectacular drops in elevation, creating waterfalls of stunning beauty. Many of these are favourite destinations for travellers from all over the world.
In the West Chilcotin, Hunlen Falls is the highest free falling waterfall in Canada. Hikers can camp at the northern end of Turner Lake in Tweedsmuir Park and take a short hike along a well groomed trail to see the falls. It’s breathtaking.
You can also take a short flight-seeing trip with Tweedsmuir Air, based out of Nimpo Lake. It’s inexpensive and well worth the adventure.
Another beautiful and accessible waterfall is Moffat Creek Falls. As the water pours over layers of loose basalt, the falls get higher and higher each year. Moffat Creek Falls is near Horsefly, BC, and is accessible by vehicle and a very short hike.
For anyone visiting or travelling through 100 Mile House, on Highway 97, Bridge Creek Falls is a must see. It’s situated in downtown Centennial Park, accessible along a beautiful trail.
Whenever you travel through the Cariboo Chilcotin, drop in to each town’s Information Centre and ask for directions to the area’s waterfalls. Waterfalls are part of the great water cycle that keeps us all alive on the Planet. They are always worth a visit. Enjoy!
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