Last updated September 6, 2019
The Canadian wilderness is packed with adventures and BC boasts some truly spectacular sights. Kay Falls is an impressive, little-known gem of a waterfall located between Sicamous and Revelstoke on the Trans Canada Highway.
Hundreds of people pass Kay Falls daily but very few know it’s there, let alone that it’s a mere two-minute walk from the highway. So make sure to stretch your legs at Kay Falls when you travel through the Rockies!
- Length: ~200m
- Duration: 15mins
- Trailhead: View on Google Maps
Where is Kay Falls?
Kay Falls is 36 km from both Sicamous and Revelstoke and is located at the Eagle River Bridge. If you’re coming from Sicamous, watch for Crazy Creek Resort which is 3.5 km from the Kay Falls trailhead. If you’re coming from Revelstoke, watch for the Enchanted Forest which is 3 km from the trailhead. Both Crazy Creek and the Enchanted Forest are large roadside attractions with plenty of advertisements and visitors – you can’t miss them. Kay Falls is a great, free alternative to those popular stops.
Unlike Crazy Creek and the Enchanted Forest, there are no signs for Kay Falls and parking is a simple, small pull-out on the side of the Trans-Canada Highway. There’s a surprising amount of room for vehicles, but it’s often empty.
What to expect
Kay Falls is best visited from March to July when its flow is the strongest. The veiling waterfall is well hidden, yet easily accessible and drops an impressive 187 feet to its base just feet from the Trans-Canada Highway. If you look carefully, you’ll be able to see the falls through the trees before you even leave the highway.
Kay Falls is a wonderful, undeveloped waterfall and it’s important to be very careful when exploring; it would be easy to slip on the wet rocks or get caught in the rushing water.
A Short Hike
Kay Falls is only a few short meters from the Trans-Canada Highway. As you approach Kay Falls you’ll be sprayed by the cold, aggressive mist. The temperature will drop by a few degrees and the mist will make it difficult to breathe. A strong wind will rush from the falls and grab your hair and clothes. Make sure to only bring things that can get wet because they’ll get very wet!
If you visit in the spring, you’ll hear the waterfall as soon as you step out of your car. A small, well-worn trail leads into the forest and a short, rocky trail will bring you to the base of Kay Falls within a few minutes.
What to pack
GoPros are built for adventures like this. They’re durable and waterproof, which lets you get up close and personal with the waterfall without worrying about damaging your camera! Plus, the wide angle will let you capture every detail.
If you don’t want to invest in a GoPro, a Lifeproof phone case is your next best bet. These cases are durable and waterproof so you don’t need to worry about damaging your expensive phone when it’s being sprayed by mist.
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.