Nairn Falls Provincial Park

Nairn FallsFalling water and waterfalls. Context is everything!

Water wasn't falling from the sky last Sunday so some friends and I decided to checkout another kind of falling water at Nairn Falls Provincial Park. The park is 32 km north of Whistler, B.C. and 3 km south of Pemberton, B.C. In addition to its namesake, Nairn Falls, the park consists of campsites, short term parking for hikers, outhouses (pit toilets), water, and a few picnic tables.

According to information sites the park has three commonly used trails as well as access to the Pemberton Valley. We were there to see the falls, a 1.5 km walk from the parking lot.

The walk is an easy one with very little elevation change and no long steep climbs. The trail is dirt with a lot of uneven ground, which may add a degree of difficulty for some people. It follows the Green River, which is quite cold. On a hot day you'll pass through tantalizing wisps of cool air coming off the river. Oh to have a magic spell that could bottle that up! For most of the trail's length there is a steep drop down to the river on one side, something to think about if you have young children, and a mountainside on the other. I found the walk visually appealing. It's almost entirely shrouded in trees, giving it the feel of a forest tunnel.

When you get to the falls you can walk to a platform at the top of a large rock outcropping, or down to the cliff edge at the base of the outcropping. The platform gives you an excellent view of the falls and the pool it drops in to. At the bottom of the outcropping you'll see the Green River churning after the falls hits it. Rivulets of water run off the opposing rock face as mist from the falls condensates. Find the right spot, and you can bask in the cool freshness of the moist air and mist coming off the river.

Nairn Falls isn't so spectacular that it warrants a trip for its own sake. However, if you're in the area this bit of falling water is worth adding to your itinerary.

Websites:
- BC Government Nairn Falls Park Webpage
- Park Operator (Sea To Sky Parks) Nairn Falls Webpage
- Park Operator (Sea to Sky Parks) Twitter Account: @SeatoSkyParks
- Nairn Falls Park Google Map

Here are my pictures from the walk. Click on the thumbnails to see the large version of the picture.

5 comments

Gayle wrote 7 years 4 weeks ago

Nairn Falls

Those are lovely pictures, Dale. They make me homesick because they are reminiscent of my favourite place on earth, Gold Creek - or officially Kleanza Creek Provincial Park - near Terrace. Not quite such spectacular falls though, but the terrain - and trail - is very similar. I'll have to visit Nairn Falls some time.

dale wrote 7 years 4 weeks ago

Jen Connection

Gayle, this might make you smile. The park has a personal Browncoat connection. The first time I went there I was touring with our Australian friend Jen (and her moose)! I love it when visitors help me discover my own back yard :-)

Judging from the map, I think Gold Creek and Nairn Falls are on the same mountain range, which might explain the similarities. Definitely beautiful.

kc wrote 7 years 4 weeks ago

That rockface in the second

That rockface in the second last pic really looks like a rock face!

~kc

dale wrote 7 years 4 weeks ago

Now that you mention it

Huh, I didn't notice until you mentioned it, but now I can't not see it!

David H. wrote 5 years 20 weeks ago

Better than my average walk

Better than my average walk in the park I might say - some great pictures and looks like loads of fun. I love seeing stuff like this makes me want to go hiking again !! Dave

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