We’ve discovered what could be Canada’s most unique winter waterfall with a massive “snow crater” that is so epic it looks like it’s from another planet. This stunning frozen B.C. waterfall is just one of the many reasons why we’re proud to call Canada home. In the winter, Helmcken Falls gets a crown of ice around its base and we haven’t seen anything like it before.
Helmcken Falls is just one of 39 waterfalls inside Wells Gray Provincial Park and they’re amazing to see year-round, but in the winter some of them freeze over and they take on a whole new magical glittering look.
The waterfall doesn’t completely freeze over and you can still feel a mist and experience a thundering roar of water. There is a viewing platform that’s easy to access even if you aren’t an experienced hiker.
For those who want to get even closer to the waterfall, you can try the Helmcken Falls Rim Trail that will take you about three hours roundtrip to complete but you’re treated to an incredible view. You’d only want to do the hike with the right experience and gear but even newbies can check out the waterfall from the viewing platform and see the spectacular snow crater at the base of the roaring falls.
As far as frozen waterfalls in B.C. goes, this is probably the most spectacular place to check them out. Wells Gray Park is like B.C.’s own version of Maligne Canyon because there are so many waterfalls to experience concentrated in one park.
The park is about a six-hour drive from Vancouver and you can stay in the town of Clearwater overnight or for the weekend as a basecamp to explore Wells Gray Park.
Address: Wells Gray Provincial Park, 416 Eden Rd., Clearwater, BC
Why You Need To Go: Road trip to this incredible park with 39 waterfalls and see the magical snow crater around the falls.