Last Updated on June 9, 2022
If you are looking for a breathtaking waterfall to visit near Whistler, BC, look no further than Alexander Falls! This stunning attraction is located just a short drive from the popular mountain town and is well worth the trip. The falls are easily accessible and offer plenty of opportunities for photos and relaxation. Keep reading for all the details on visiting Alexander Falls!
About Whistler, BC
Whistler is a world-famous resort town located in British Columbia, Canada. The town is nestled in the Coast Mountains and is known for its stunning scenery, outdoor activities, and vibrant après-ski scene. Whistler is also home to two major ski resorts: Whistler Blackcomb and Creekside.
The Falls Are Easily Accessible
Alexander Falls is located in the Sea to Sky Corridor, about a 45-minute drive from Whistler.
The best time to visit Alexander Falls is in the summer when the water flow is at its peak. However, the falls are beautiful year-round and offer a different experience in each season. Springtime brings fresh greenery and wildflowers, while winter transforms the falls into a frozen wonderland. No matter when you visit, be sure to bring your camera!
Alexander Falls is also a great stop to stretch your legs on the way to camping at Birkenhead Provincial Park in Pemberton.
Alexander Falls Is Impressive In Size
Alexander Falls is one of the most beautiful and impressive waterfalls in the Whistler area. It drops an impressive 43 meters (141 feet) over three sections of granite into a large pool below. The viewing area is located just a short walk from the parking lot and offers plenty of space to enjoy the falls.
The source of the water comes from Madelay Creek, which flows down from the nearby mountain peaks in the Callaghan Valley Region.
Alexander Falls is one of the tallest waterfalls in the area. And, with its wide basin and wooded surroundings, it’s also one of the most picturesque.
Bring A Picnic
Alexander Falls is the perfect spot to enjoy a picnic near a waterfall! There are picnic tables located only a few steps from the viewing platform of the falls, in forested clearings that were once campsites. And, with all the breathtaking scenery, it’s easy to spend an afternoon relaxing and enjoying a meal in nature while listening to the rushing water from Alexander Falls.
INSIDER TIP: The mosquitos can get hungry out there during the summer months, so pack some bug spray in your day bag.
No Hike Required
There is a small parking lot at the falls, with Alexander Falls only steps from your vehicle.
The viewing platform at Alexander Falls lets you get up close to the action or enjoy a more distant view.
Hiking To Alexander Falls
There is not a marked trail, but more adventurous visitors can find their way to the base of the falls, to really feel the power of the rushing water and the mist on their faces. Keep in mind that though it has been done, it is dangerous to try to reach the bottom of the falls in the summer months.
In the winter, there is a snowshoe trail that takes you to the bottom of the falls. To access the trail, you will need to purchase a ticket from the Callaghan admission gate.
Arrive Early To Avoid Crowds
Alexander Falls is a popular spot, especially on weekends and during the summer months. However, it is easy to avoid the crowds by arriving early in the day. Alexander Falls is located only a short drive from Whistler Village, so it’s easy to make a quick stop before heading up to the mountain or starting your day exploring all that Whistler has to offer.
Other Waterfalls To See Near Whistler
Alexander Falls is just one of many waterfalls located near Whistler. Some other popular spots include Brandywine Falls Provincial Park, Nairn Falls Provincial Park, and Rainbow Falls.
No matter which waterfall you choose to visit, you are sure to be impressed by the natural beauty of British Columbia!
How To Get To Alexander Falls
The best way to get to Alexander Falls and the Callaghan Valley is by car. Having a vehicle will give you the most freedom. If you do not have a vehicle, you can call a taxi for a quick trip to the falls if you are staying in Whistler. However, that is not a cheap option.
To get to Alexander Falls, drive south from Whistler for 10km. Turn right onto Callaghan Valley Road, and follow the paved road for another 8km. Turn left into the large parking lot for Alexander Falls. If you find the turnoff to the Callaghan Lake Park or at the switchback which takes you to the Whistler Olympic Park, you have gone too far. You will see the waterfall viewing platform at the corner of the parking lot. Watch for wildlife as it is very common to see black bears in the area.
Make sure you have good winter tires if you plan to visit Whistler during the winter.
A visit to Alexander Falls is a must-do when you are in the Whistler area! Whether you are looking for a beautiful place to relax or an impressive waterfall to photograph, this spot has it all. Be sure to add it to your list of things to do while you are in town!
Check out our other blog posts about things to do in Whistler:
- Parkhurst Ghost Town Hike In Whistler
- Hiking The Whistler Train Wreck Trail
- Snowmobiling Thrills In The Whistler Backcountry
- Vallea Lumina: Whistler’s Forest Of Enchantment
- Dancing In The Treetops In Whistler
- Biathlon Rifle Shooting At Whistler Olympic Park
- Rafting Green River: Nature’s Own Thrill Ride
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