Sutherland Falls in Blanket Creek Provincial Park is one of the most spectacular and accessible waterfalls in the Revelstoke area. This waterfall hike is great for all skill levels and only takes about 5 minutes to reach.
As you hike to Sutherland Falls, there’s no denying the waterfall’s power. You can feel its strength as the water rumbles through the narrow canyon, falls 45 feet into a large pool, and rushes towards the Columbia River.
Even though Sutherland Falls isn’t the biggest waterfall in the area — the Kootenays/Rockies are full of spectacular waterfalls, after all — you don’t want to miss it!REVELSTOKE WEATHER
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Trail Details for Sutherland Falls
Sutherland Falls is near the mouth of Blanket Creek, a glacier-fed stream that ends at Upper Arrow Lake, a man-made reservoir on the Columbia River.
Although Sutherland Falls is a very easy hike, don’t overlook it! The waterfall is spectacular, especially from May to August when the runoff is highest. It’s well worth a quick stop.
After hiking to the waterfall, check out Blanket Creek Provincial Park. The park sits on Upper Arrow Lake and has plenty of sandy beaches and hiking trails to explore.
Sutherland Falls Hike Stats
|Length||0.5 km, 0.3 mi|
|Duration||10 – 30 mins|
|Elevation Gain||14 m, 46 feet|
|GPS File||Download GPX, JSON, and KML files|
|Season||Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall|
Sutherland Falls Map
The trail at Sutherland Falls is obvious and you won’t need a map, but it never hurts to know what you’re getting into beforehand.
When you’re at the waterfall, you can use the Sutherland Falls trail map on AllTrails to track your hike.
Videos of Sutherland Falls
In the videos below, you can experience two very different sides of Sutherlands Falls — the majestic waterfall from a safe distance that most of us will see and the adrenaline-fueled ride that only very few will experience.
What to Expect on the Sutherland Falls Hike
The Sutherlands Falls hike is an easy, mostly flat trail through a forest of white pine, western cedar, western hemlock, and moss. The trail follows Blanket Creek, but you can’t see the water until you reach the viewpoint.
A large wooden sign marks the trailhead in the parking lot and it takes roughly five minutes to reach Sutherland Falls from here. In the winter, you’ll start at the park gate which adds about 40 minutes (3.5 km).
The trail is wide and compact with loose rocks and roots sprinkled throughout. Because it’s such a short trail, the area’s usually not too busy — and even if it is, people are often in and out within about 20 minutes so you can easily wait it out.
Plants + Wildlife at Sutherland Falls
There are plenty of plants and wildlife to enjoy at Sutherland Falls! It’s a very lush area with lots of nature to experience.
The trail to Sutherland Falls is surrounded by a mature second-growth forest of Western hemlocks and Western cedar. If you come at the right time, you might even luck out and find some thimbleberries to snack on.
In the fall of 2020, BC Parks and CSISS began ecosystem restoration work in Blanket Creek. They’ve been working hard to remove invasive plants and replace them with indigenous trees and shrubs which the local wildlife rely on. The project aims to encourage natural habitat regeneration so that future plants are more resilient.
Blanket Creek is home to lots of wildlife. Ground squirrels call the lagoon home (and like to spy on you), kokanee spawn in the waterways, and bears are sometimes seen in the park.
To keep yourself and the wildlife safe, I highly recommend RecSafe with Wildlife’s bear safety online course. Kim’s doing amazing work educating people about bear and wildlife safety!
When to Visit Sutherland Falls
You can visit Sutherland Falls year-round. However, because the waterfall is located inside a provincial park, access to the area changes throughout the year.
May to September
Blanket Creek Provincial Park is open from May to the end of September (check exact dates here). During this time, it’s easy to access Sutherland Falls. You simply drive to the parking lot and hike five minutes to the waterfall.
October to April
From October to the end of April, Blanket Creek Provincial Park is closed. You can still access the park during this time, but it’s not as easy. During the off-season, the park isn’t maintained and the gate to the park is locked. Come prepared with snowshoes or boot spikes for the icy/snowy conditions.
Directions + Parking for Sutherland Falls
Sutherland Falls is about 20 minutes (27 km) from Revelstoke, BC. Turn off Highway 1 onto Highway 23 and stay on this road until you reach Blanket Creek Provincial Park. A large, wooden sign marks the entrance to the park.
Parking (Main Season)
During the main season, parking for Sutherland Falls is easy. Head down the hill and take your first left, which brings you to the parking lot for Sutherland Falls. The turn-off is marked with signs but if you miss the turn, you’ll end up in the campground or day-use where you can easily turn around.
The parking lot for Sutherland Falls is paved, large, and easy to access. There are no washrooms or garbage cans in the parking lot, but you can head into the campground for these.
Parking (Off Season)
In the off-season, parking for Sutherlands Falls isn’t quite as easy. The road into the park is gated and you will need to park on the side of Highway 23 and hike in. This adds ~3.5 km round-trip to your waterfall adventure.
There are “No Parking” signs at the gate, but you can usually park here in the off-season without it being a big deal. You can also park in the large dirt area just across the bridge to be on the safe side.
Before you embark on your (short) adventure to Sutherland Falls, there are a few things you should consider bringing along. It’s easy to overlook gear when the trail is short, but it never hurts to pack a few things: