South-Central British Columbia, approximately 70 kilometers from 100
Mile House via Highway 97 (for 2 km), Canim-Hendrix Lake Road (for 34
km), Canim Lake South Road (for 25 km), and Mahood Lake Road (for 9
Canim Falls views, short and easy
trail, no bugs.
Steep unbarricaded drop-off at the
top of the waterfall. Optional trail to the bottom of the waterfalls is
steep, and requires stone-hopping. Hiking boots and poles are highly
recommended for the optional trail to the bottom of Canim Falls. The
trail is popular.
Six kilometers prior to reaching Mahood Lake Campground (described in
our previous trip
report), Mahood Lake Road passes by a large parking area on the side
of the road for Mahood and Canim Falls. Five hundred meters down a wide and easy
path, and Mahood Falls is right in front of you. Alas, this waterfall is
so badly overgrown, that you can hardly see anything. However, Canim
Falls, which is 500 meters further, more than compensates for the Mahood
Falls' disappearance behind thick trees. Canim Falls are actually two
impressive waterfalls right next to each other, coming from the same
Canim River. It's possible to have a great view from the safety of the
observation area. Or, for more adventurous, a very short hike to the
top of the Right falls, or a substantially more complicated hike to the
bottom of both falls are also possible.
1. We are on Mahood Lake Road, with the parking area for the waterfalls
on the right side. This is the same photograph as photo #13 of the
previous trip report. Please, see
Mahood Lake Campground report for
directions on getting up to this point from BC Highway 97.
2. The trailhead is on the left side. Coordinates:
N 51’51’903 W
120’34’844. Elevation: 759 meters.
Canim Falls Trailhead
3. The path is short, wide, and easy. There were no bugs, and we have
met about twenty people on the trail.
4. Mahood Falls arrives in half a kilometer. Unfortunately, it's badly
overgrown, and there doesn't appear to be an easy way to get closer.
Mahood Falls Wells Gray Provincial Park British Columbia Canada
5. Zooming in.
6. The path continues for another 500 meters.
7. You then reach the main Canim Falls observation area.
N 51’51’950 W
120’35’563. Elevation: 762 meters.
8. Quite a view.
9. The Left waterfall up close.
Canim Falls Wells Gray Provincial Park British Columbia Canada
10. Now the Right one.
Here is a video of the Falls from the observation
11. About a hundred meters more brings you to the top of the Left
waterfall. Be very careful, as the drop-offs are huge, the ground may be
slippery, and there is no fence there.
12. A bit closer...
13. Very neat!
Top of Canim Falls
Here is a video of the Left Canim Falls from the top.
14. The view of the canyon and Canim River from this point.
15. Looking back we see Canim River on its way to the Left waterfall.
The river splits at the top of the photo, and the rest of it goes to the
16. While checking out Canim Falls, we observed several young men at the
bottom. So, we went looking for the path to get down, and, sure enough,
there it was, about 250 meters before the fenced-off observation area.
The path to get down is not at all obvious, so, as you are walking
towards the observation area, look for the stone which is highlighted by
the red arrow. The yellow arrow indicates the general location of the
path to the bottom of the falls.
17. Looking at the same stone from the other side. Again, the yellow
arrow points at the path to get down.
18. And here is the path. Coordinates:
N 51’51’898 W 120’35’408. Elevation: 760
meters. The steep part at the beginning is quite short (only about 100 meters), but
very challenging. Also, while by the river, some stone-hopping is required.
Hiking poles and boots would come very handy here.
19. Looking back at the path we have descended.
20. In a few minutes, you are by Canim River, and the waterfalls are
just a few hundred meters away.
21. The Right waterfall comes into view very shortly.
22. Here it is with a zoom.
Here is a video of the Right Canim Falls from the
23. Then you walk through a small stand of trees...
24...and get to meet Canim Falls up close and personal. The stones near
the falls are going to be slippery like ice, so be aware. Also, to get to
the Right falls, river crossing would be required.
Here is a video of both Canim Falls from the