Bridal Veil Falls is named for the veil-like effect which is created by water tumbling 60 metres down over the smooth rock face.
Located sixteen kilometres east of Chilliwack and situated in a Coastal Western Hemlock biogeoclimatic zone which includes tree species such as western red cedar, western hemlock, maple and red alder as well as several varieties of ferns. This small park, only encompassing thirty-two acres encompasses mountainous terrain, a valley, and its star attraction, its 122 meter tall and 60 meter wide waterfall which originates high above atop Mount Cheam. The full waterfall cannot be seen from within the Park, however, it is visible from Highway 1. The rock face beneath the falls has been smoothed by hundreds of years of running water which gives the falls its distinctive veil-like appearance for which it is named for. The creek created by the waterfall flows into nearby Cheam Lake Wetlands Regional Park and eventually empties into the Fraser River.
The Park was once the site of a Popkum native village (the tribe takes its name from the 'puff ball' plant which is abundant in the region) in the 1700s, and in the 1900s the waterfall was used to generate electricity for the Bridal Falls Chalet. Visitors to the Park can still see remnants of the concrete foundation of the power generator. In 1965 the government of British Columbia created Bridal Veil Falls Provincial Park in an effort to preserve the waterfall as it is the source of water for the nearby wetlands and to provide a place for visitors to explore and enjoy.
Bridal Veil Falls Provincial Park is a day use area which consists of several picnic tables, washroom facilities, potable water and a loop hiking trail which leads to a platform at the base of Bridal Veil Falls. The hike takes about half an hour and it is important to stay on the marked pathway and heed all warning signs as bears have been spotted in the area.
Bridal Veil Falls Provincial Park is a popular stop along Trans-Canada Highway 1 in British Columbia's Fraser Valley with stunning views of its waterfall from spring to fall (the Park is closed during the winter due to unsafe icy conditions). Take a picnic lunch, hiking boots and explore the forest and waterfall of Bridal Veil Falls Provincial Park!
Use the interactive map below to locate and explore the areas around Bridal Veil Falls Provincial Park, British ColumbiaTake Exit 135 off Highway 1 east of Chilliwack and follow the signs to Bridal Veil Falls Provincial Park.
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