Trip 036 - May 4, 2011 (Wednesday)

Bridal Veil Falls Provincial Park

Near Chilliwack BC


Distance From Vancouver:
115 km via Highway 1 East. Take Exit 135.

Liked: The waterfall, short and well-maintained path, several picnic tables available near the parking lot.

Of note: The park is popular. It is not allowed to approach the waterfall, despite the photo on the cover of 2010 Chilliwack Visitors Guide. The park can be closed in off-season due to dangerous conditions.

Vancouver, Coast & Mountains Backroad Mapbook (2010 edition) Coordinates: Page 4 (Chilliwack) G4. The latest edition of Backroad Mapbook for this and other regions, as well as GPS maps, are available at BackroadMapbooks.com.

Related Website: Bridal Veil Falls Provincial Park - BC Parks Official Site.

Other Trips in Chilliwack Area: Mount Cheam Peak Trail Hike, Ling Lake Trail Hike, Chilliwack Foley Forest Service Road, Chilliwack Bench Forest Service Road, Elk-Thurston Trail Hike, Slesse Memorial Trail Hike, Downtown Chilliwack BC Visit, Chilliwack River Forest Service Road, Radium Lake Trail Hike, Chilliwack Lake Provincial Park, Minter Gardens by Chilliwack BC, Town of Agassiz BC.

Bridal Veil Falls is one of the most spectacular waterfalls in British Columbia, and is one of the most accessible too. Just drive on Highway 1, take Exit 135, follow the signs to Bridal Veil Falls Provincial Park, and then walk for 10 minutes along a wide, gently graded path. The park is also a good place for a picnic, with several tables available. And Highway 1 is far enough, so there is no noise from passing vehicles, which is so often the case in other rest areas. It is also worth mentioning that parking fees in all BC provincial parks have been cancelled, so day parking is free. Exit 135 is remarkable for several reasons: Bridal Veil Falls, a golf course, exit to Highway 9 to Agassiz (covered in the next trip) and Harrison Hot Springs, Shell gas station, Bridal Falls Waterpark (closed in off-season), and a restaurant too.

1. The following several photos show the directions to Bridal Veil Falls. We are on Highway 1, East of Abbotsford, en route to the waterfall. We would drive past Chilliwack before getting to Exit 135.


TransCanada Highway 1 Near Chilliwack BC Canada

2. Approaching Exit 135. The distance from Vancouver (Highway 1 entrance off 12th avenue) to Exit 135 is 115 kilometers. The distance from Whatcom Road rest area in Abbotsford to Exit 135 is 37.5 kilometers.


TransCanada Highway 1 East British Columbia Approaching Exit 135 to Agassiz, Harrison Hot Springs, Bridal Veil Falls.

3. Upon exiting Highway 1, follow the signs to Bridal Veil Falls Provincial Park for about a minute. Then, turn right just before the Shell gas station.


Photo of Shell Gas Station Near Bridal Veil Falls Provincial Park BC Canada

4. Less than a minute later, you are at the park's entrance gate, which is open between 8 AM and 10 PM (times subject to change, and the park can be closed in off-season).


Entrance Gate to Bridal Veil Falls Provincial Park British Columbia Canada

5. The parking lot is wide, and can accommodate about fifty vehicles. Parking is now free in all BC provincial parks, but on weekends during the busy season it would probably get crowded here.


Parking Lot at Bridal Veil Falls Provincial Park BC Canada

6. The path to Bridal Veil Falls starts near the parking lot. There are actually two different paths you can take, or walk a circular route. The path on the left side (when coming from the parking lot to the waterfall) does have stairs, which would be an obstacle to wheelchair users and strollers.


Bridal Veil Falls Provincial Park BC Canada

7. You would walk for about 10 minutes through a pleasant forest.


Bridal Veil Falls Provincial Park British Columbia Canada

8. Closer to the waterfall, the path becomes steeper.


Walking Path in Bridal Veil Falls Provincial Park British Columbia Canada

9. You start hearing the roar of falling water, but, first, see Bridal Creek.


Bridal Creek BC Canada

10. And then, Bridal Veil Falls appears straight ahead.


Photo of Bridal Veil Falls BC Canada

11.You may come to the barrier and watch the waterfall from there. Getting closer is prohibited, and a yellow sign seen below warns potential trespassers about a fine under the Parks Act.


Bridal Veil Falls British Columbia

12. Slightly zooming in, we see Bridal Veil Falls in all its glory.


Bridal Veil Falls BC Canada

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13. Check this out - the front cover of the 2010 Chilliwack Visitors Guide shows a man standing very close to the waterfall. Can't do it now.


Chilliwack Visitors Guide 2010 Cover

14. On your way back, you can take the same path, or take the path on the right for a complete circle. Do note that the path on the right has stairs, which would be an obstacle for wheelchairs and strollers. But you do get to see this log before the stairs arrive.


Bridal Veil Falls Provincial Park BC Canada

15. Bridal Falls Waterpark is also located at this highway exit, but is still closed for the season. This duck can be found about two hundred feet past the Shell gas station seen in photo #3.


Bridal Falls Waterpark Sign BC Canada

16. And pretty much right across the duck is a "New Country Decor" store selling various statues to beautify your yard. There is a "Massive Closing Sale" sign on display there.


New Country Decor Store Closing Sale British Columbia Canada

17. This old lion is the only statue sitting outside.


Lion Statue New Country Decor Store British Columbia near Bridal Veil Falls Provincial Park

Alright, as far as Bridal Veil Falls, it is a very nice stopover on Highway 1, or a side trip en route to Harrison Hot Springs.


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