Bridal Veil Falls – A day-trip to the rainforest

Just east of Chilliwack is a turn-off that will take you from highway driving to lush forest and waterfall magic-ness in just 15 minutes of walking trail.  Bridal Falls is just off highway one and is a popular picnic spot for travelers, but also makes a nice day trip to escape the city.

Over 250 different types of moss can be found in the area
Over 250 different types of moss can be found in the area

Just near the parking lot are a number of picnic tables that run along a babbling creek. The trail towards the waterfall runs along the creek, and is about a 15 minute walk one way. It is not a hike or a trek, but simply a really nice walk in B.C.’s lovely temperate rainforest.  It felt refreshing to look around and see ferns in every direction and several different types of moss covering everything.

The picnic area at Bridal Veil Falls provincial park
The picnic area at Bridal Veil Falls provincial park
The start of the half hour loop to the waterfall
The start of the half hour loop to the waterfall

 

The waterfall is nearly 200ft tall, and tumbles down to an eroded jumble of rocks and tree roots.  The lookout point is near the bottom of the waterfall, and the view of the water rushing down is mesmerizing.

Bridal Veil Falls was named after its wide veil-like cascade
Bridal Veil Falls was named after its wide veil-like cascade
The base of the water fall is a tangle of roots and rocks
The base of the water fall is a tangle of roots and rocks

The trail back to the parking lot loops back and is equally enchanting. We saw a big snail and many more ferns and moss.  The walk was rejuvenating and a great excuse to escape the city with a short road trip.

This snail's shell was about an inch
This snail’s shell was about an inch
Even in the rain it was a wonderful day trip!
Even in the rain it was a wonderful day trip!
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