The strong wind ripped our hair in every direction and we quickly became soaked in freezing water! Stuck between loving the rushing waterfall and wanting to run from the cold, we killed ourselves with laughter. We’ve driven this section of the Trans-Canada Highway countless times and we couldn’t believe that this is the first time we’d visited Kay Falls. Afterall, it’s only minutes from the Crazy Creek Suspension Bridge in BC.
A hidden gem on the Trans-Canada Highway
The Canadian wilderness is full of spectacular scenery that I’m constantly in awe of. Jacob and I often take to the mountains in search of adventure, but sometimes it’s fun to look closer and find the easy — yet amazing — natural wonders that we often pass by. I grew up in BC with family in Alberta so I’ve driven the Trans-Canada Highway through the Rocky Mountains countless times. Yet we’ve never stopped to explore the breathtaking mountains and the secrets they hold.
My friend Reanne and I decided to fix that and headed out in search of some such secrets. We packed our car and with a list of waterfalls and even a mountain rollercoaster to check out, we headed out.
Finding Kay Falls
Kay Falls is located a mere 3.5km from Crazy Creek Resort and 3km from the Enchanted Forest which makes it a great, free alternative to those roadside attractions. The trailhead is unmarked and it can be difficult to find but I’ve marked the exact location below!
We passed through Sicamous and I carefully watched the roadside for the trailhead. After passing Crazy Creek we crossed two small bridges. The trailhead for Kay Falls is located immediatly after the second bridge, the Eagle R. at Kay Falls Bridge. The trailhead pullout is barely off the busy Trans-Canada Highway yet there was a surprising amount of room for vehicles. There was only one other vehicle despite the abundance of parking. The roar of the waterfall which is usually drowned out by the rumble of tires greeted us as we stepped out of the car.
A short hike to the stunning Kay Falls
We spotted the trail heading into the forest and excitedly began our adventure. To our amazement we spotted Kay Falls through the trees without even leaving the pullout! Water pounded down the mountain and the waterfall was framed by trees and shrouded in a white mist.
The trail was well-worn and after easily scrambling over rocks, we arrived at Kay Falls. We quickly became covered in freezing water by the agressive mist! It was a hot spring day, but we were soon shivering as if it were the middle of winter. The wind grabbed our hair and pulled it in every direction and our clothes whipped against our bodies. The sheer force of the wind was exhilarating and totally unexpected!
I was unable to stop myself so I made my way towards the base of the waterfall. The strong spring runoff quickly stopped me in my tracks, though. The rocks were slick with water and the creek rushed beside me; I thought of how easy it would be to be swept away. Standing as close to the base of Kay Falls as I dared, I took in the impressive waterfall as the water zigzagged 187 feet down the bedrock. I was startled at how hard it became to breathe.
As I shivered uncontrollably I walked back to Reanne at the main viewpoint. After taking a few more moments to enjoy the gorgeous hidden gem that is Kay Falls, we made our way back to the car. The air quickly warmed as we left behind the waterfall.
Kay Falls was utterly beautiful from the strong spring runoff and I can’t wait to visit again!
Kay Falls is easy hike so you don’t need to bring more than yourself and some clothes that you don’t mind getting wet. However, you’ll want to document your adventure so make sure you bring waterproof equipment because it will get wet. And not just a little wet, soaking wet!
I brought both my Canon and GoPro to Kay Falls but my GoPro performed immensely better! I ended up covering my Canon because I was afraid I’d damage it, but I was able to get up close and personal with the waterfall with my GoPro. The wide angle was able to capture every detail of the area and I didn’t have to worry about damaging it. I don’t know what I did before I got my GoPro!
I was also able to bring my phone to the base of the waterfall because I use the Lifeproof case. I’m always terrified of wrecking my phone (who wants to buy a new one? They’re so expensive!) so the first thing I ever did was buy a Lifeproof case. Now I’m not worried about wrecking it in the rain or near water, which honestly is my biggest worry with electronics.
Notes, directions & trail information
Kay Falls is an easily accessible, stunning waterfall located on the Trans-Canada Highway between Sicamous and Revelstoke in BC. From the highway, there’s only a small 45-foot wide window where the falls are partially visible.
The trailhead is unmarked and is located immediately after the Eagle R. at Kay Falls Bridge between Crazy Creek Resort and the Enchanted Forest.
|Distance||~200m (0.1 mi)|
|Notes||You’ll get very wet and cold, make sure your camera is waterproof|
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