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