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Bridal Veil Falls
   British Columbia, Canada

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This waterfall has been surveyed, mapped and measured in person by the World Waterfall Database.
Photo of Bridal Veil Falls Due to its development in a small provincial park, the very aptly named Bridal Veil Falls is one of the most frequently visited and photographed waterfalls of the Fraser Valley. Fed by a small stream draining off the north slopes of Mount Archibald, the falls veil about 300 feet over the side of the Fraser Valley to join the flat farmlands below. The falls are almost always cited as dropping exactly 400 feet (122 meters), which seems to be a figure supported largely by speculation more than anything else. Topographic data suggests the total drop is at least 100 feet less, but an accurate measurement of the falls has yet to take place.

HISTORY AND NAMES


  • Also Known as: Bridal Falls
  • Bridal Veil Falls is the Official name of this waterfall

The nearby town of Bridal Falls was named for the Bridal Falls post office which was established in 1937. The community had originally wanted to name the post office Bridal Veil Falls after this waterfall, but since there was already another post office with the same name in the province, the name was shortened. The town's name was adopted in 1950. Since the town is marked on maps much more often than the falls and park, the name of the town often incorrectly carries over to the falls without the "veil" part of the name. The name of the waterfall was officially adopted in 1950 after a long established local usage.

Our thoughts


Bridal Veil Falls is a great place to stop and take a short rest for travelers heading east from the Vancouver area along Highway 1. The park is immediately off the highway and the falls are reached via a short easy stroll. Waterfall hunters should unquestionably spend some time here, but as Bridal Veil Falls is one of the more noteworthy waterfalls in the Lower Mainland part of British Columbia, its an attraction worth visiting for all.

Location and directions


Exit Highway 1 at Popkum, turn south and follow Bridal Falls Road for a little over a kilometers to Page Road, which lead to the parking lot and trailhead. The bottom of the falls are reached via an easy hike of about 5 minutes. Bridal Veil Falls Provincial Park is well signed from Highway 1.

Bridal Veil Falls is shown in the center. Additional nearby waterfalls (if any) can be found in the list below.

Additional Nearby Waterfalls


Name of Waterfall Distance
Lady Peak Falls 3.67 mi / 5.87 km
Elk Falls 4.42 mi / 7.07 km
Airplane Basin Falls 4.87 mi / 7.79 km
McNulty Falls 4.99 mi / 7.99 km

 

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Photography tips


Bridal Veil Falls is exceptionally photogenic, however due to the extreme angle of view from below the falls, the falls are heavily foreshortened and hard to photograph in a way that conveys its true size. The foundation posts of a former observation deck can be easily seen strewn around the base of the falls, so composing to exclude the man-made influence can be tricky at times. The falls face northwest and rarely see direct sunlight during the winter and early spring months but by summer will have terrible lighting conditions outside the early morning and evening hours.

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