Take a Trip to Alexander Falls
Looking for an outdoor adventure, why not check out Alexander Falls located in Whistler's Callaghan Valley. For those unfamiliar with the Callaghan Valley it's located 30 minutes outside of Whistler Village heading south towards Vancouver. The area offers amazing hiking, sightseeing, berry picking and much more. The valley is also home to Whistler Olympic Park, the official home of the biathlon and cross-country skiing events during the 2010 Winter Olympics.
The trip to Alexander Falls takes about 30 minutes by car (from Whistler). Access to the falls is located very close to the parking area, so don't worry about a big hike in. Once you arrive at the falls a newly constructed viewing deck and picnic area offers ideal viewing. There are also two paths that take you to the bottom and top of the falls. These paths can be hard to find and if you choose to use them you do so at your own risk.
The waterfall itself measures a total height of 43 meters or 141 feet. The waterfall is a result of glacier runoff from the mountains located high below. The falls run into Madelay Creek below and spread throughout the Callaghan Valley into a number of local lakes. Beside the waterfall you can also find a cool information board highlighting the history of the area surrounding Alexander Falls. This includes pictures of old logging practices, first nation’s settlements and BC's sustainable re-logging efforts. The area is also home to various wildlife including bears, beavers, deer, eagles and much more. A camera is a must have when viewing the falls and hiking the surrounding area.
About 15 minutes outside of Whistler heading south towards Vancouver there will be a turn off for Callaghan Road / Whistler Olympic Park. Take the turn and continue down the road for about 15 - 20 minutes. Along the way there will be signs directing you to Alexander Falls. Simply follow the signs and you will arrive in the falls parking lot.
Fly over of Alexander FallsPhoto Credit: www.vancouvertrails.com - Michael Chang
Posted by Aava Whistler Hotel on Friday, September 26, 2014