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Chasing Winter Waterfalls at Cascade Falls Regional Park, BC

Crunchy snow, glittering icicles, and beautiful emerald-coloured water are just a sampling of what you will experience on a winter visit to Cascade Falls Regional Park near Mission, BC.

Cascade Falls Regional Park in Winter
Cascade Falls Regional Park in Winter

With the unusually snowy and cold winter we are experiencing here in the lower mainland of British Columbia, a whole new world of adventure awaits. Cascade Falls Regional Park, northeast of Mission, had been on my bucket list since the park's new suspension bridge officially opened in the spring of 2015. Since it is close to home, and a fairly short half hour walk to the 30 metre falls, it got pushed aside again and again in favour of longer, more far-flung adventures.

That is, until New Year's Day 2017.

There had been a boat-load of fresh snow overnight and an arctic high pressure ridge that brought with it clear skies and glorious winter sunshine. It was the perfect day for an adventure.

We loaded our dog and our snowshoes into the back of our truck, anticipating that the road out to the park may not have been plowed, and got on our way. Once we got to Mission, we headed East towards Agassiz. Upon turning North onto Sylvester Road, I was pleasantly surprised to find that the road was well signed and well maintained all the way to the parking lot at the regional park.

Viewing Platform Cascade Regional Park
Stairs to Cascade Falls Viewing Platform

Once out of the truck, we strapped on our snowshoes and walked through the deserted parking lot towards the sound of rushing water. After a short uphill section through a beautiful wooded area, we came to a series of wooden stairs that brought us up to the waterfall's viewing platform.

What a magical sight!

The rocks and trees were covered with snow, the waterfall dropped an impressive 30 metres into a beautiful emerald pool, and the suspension bridge stretched out before us, inviting us to cross the creek and take in the sight from the other side.

Suspension Bridge Cascade Falls Regional Park
Suspension Bridge Across Creek

After spending time exploring the viewing areas, taking lots of photos (a photographer's dream destination!), and throwing snowball for our very excited dog, we continued the "loop" along the access road, which brought us back to the parking lot before too long.

Feeling that we were not yet done with this gorgeous location, we followed the lower trail towards the creek where we discovered a covered picnic area overlooking the creek, which flowed through a series of pools that would be perfect for cooling your feet in the summertime.

Picnic Area Along Creek at Cascade Falls
Picnic Area Along Creek at Cascade Falls

After walking along the creek edge for a bit, we returned to the car, hearts happy that we had saved this bucket-list item for a winter day.

Cascade Falls Regional Park is open daily 7AM to sunset. When visiting in the winter, use caution when driving on snowy/icy roads and walking on the trails, stairs, walkways, and suspension bridge. Stay on the trails, and don't cross any fences - they are there to protect you!

Author: Kimberly Campbell-Walker is an Elementary Special Education teacher in Hope, BC. Previously, she worked at the Hope Visitor Centre & Museum Complex for ten years both in the Visitor Centre and the museum researching & writing about local history. Kimberly loves travelling with her husband, Dale, and their dog, Alpine.

Background Photo Credit: Destination British Columbia

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