Trip 168 - August 3, 2019 (Saturday)

Canim Falls Trail Hike

Wells Gray Provincial Park near 100 Mile House BC

Location: 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 km).

Liked: Canim Falls views, short and easy trail, no bugs.

Of Note: 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.

Cariboo Chilcotin Coast BC Backroad Mapbook (4th edition) Waterfall Location Coordinates:: Page 19 (Interlakes Highway) D1.

Related Website: Wells Gray Provincial Park - BC Parks Official Website.

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 fenced-off 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 5151903 W 12034844. 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. Coordinates: N 5151950 W 12035563. Elevation: 762 meters.

8. Quite a view.


Canim Falls

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 area.

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 Right waterfall.

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 5151898 W 12035408. Elevation: 760 meters. The steep part at the beginning is quite short (only about 100 meters), but is 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 bottom path.

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 bottom path.

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Canim Falls are just as impressive as they are easily accessible. Highly recommended.


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