Distance From Vancouver: About 50 km via Highway 7 and Dewdney Trunk Road.
Liked: No artificial noise, moss on the
fences, easy and well-maintained path, Cliff Falls view.
There are a few steep (though short) sections.
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Kanaka Creek Regional Park (Cliff Falls) is a
hidden gem of Metro Vancouver. It is such a pleasant hike, with nice
views of the waterfall, and there was no car noise, construction noise,
or city noise heard from the path. Just the natural noise of the creek
flowing nearby, and that's all. Kanaka Creek Regional Park is very long
(but narrow), with many inaccessible parts, and with at least three
separate parking areas, which provide access to different sides of the
park. We have visited Cliff Falls part of the park.
1. Kanaka Creek Regional Park can be reached via
Dewdney Trunk Road in Maple Ridge BC. Here we are driving West from
Mission and getting ready to turn left onto 256th Street.
Dewdney Trunk Road Maple Ridge British Columbia Canada
2. Within a few minutes, the entrance to the parking lot. The trail actually
starts on the other side of 256th Street, to the right of where we are. The
parking lot gate is open between 8 AM and 6 PM during the off season.
256th Street at Kanaka Creek Regional Park Maple Ridge BC Canada
3. The parking lot is fairly large, and the parking is free. Straight
ahead is Bell-Irving Hatchery, where fish are raised and then released
to the wild. It is a good place to visit with children to see the fish
(if present) and to read about the fish-rearing process.
Parking Lot for Kanaka Creek Regional Park at Bell-Irving Hatchery
4. Now we are at the trail entrance across the street from the parking lot. Our
current location is marked by a red star on the map. Look at the left side of
the map, where we will end up via the Canyon Trail. There are two bridges by
Cliff Falls, and the sign of the "view" (a person with binoculars) is located
after the second bridge, while the waterfall is after the first bridge (note the
black dot there).
Cliff Falls Trail Map Kanaka Creek Regional Park
5. There is a good view of Kanaka Creek at the beginning of the trail.