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Hunlen Falls
   British Columbia, Canada

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This waterfall has been confirmed by the World Waterfall Database, has been mapped and its height has been approximated but exact measurements have not yet been confirmed.
Hunlen Falls is an airy 853 foot (260 meters) plunging waterfall located at the mouth of Turner Lake within Tweedsmuir Provincial Park. The waters of Hunlen Creek exit the lake and almost immediately veil over a uniform lip, free-falling into a massive gaping canyon. Near the bottom of the falls, the water seems to conglomerate into an alcove within the alcove in the canyon, the mist of the falls swirling and dancing in such a way that the actual bottom of the falls seems to be perpetually obstructed from view no matter the conditions.

Like Della Falls, another of BC's frequently cited waterfalls, the height of Hunlen Falls has been frequently debated. Topographic data and most government documentation supports a total drop of just over 850 feet, though we have seen some sources citing the drop as being as much as 1200 feet or more - though any figures over about 900 feet in height have to be accounting for the total change in elevation between Turner Lake and the confluence of Hunlen Creek and the Atnarko River in the valley below, none of which actually qualifies as part of the waterfall and the total height should reflect this.

HISTORY AND NAMES


  • Also Known as: Bella Coola Falls, Mystery Falls
  • Hunlen Falls is the Official name of this waterfall

Mountain climbers referred to the falls as Mystery Falls in the 1930s and even earlier photographs have been seen with captions as Bella Coola Falls. The name Hunlen was formally adopted in 1947 for a local Indian Chief.

Our thoughts


Hunlen Falls is far and away one of the most impressive waterfalls in British Columbia. It isn't anywhere near the tallest, though at 853 feet it is one of the tallest falls with a sheer drop in the country. Unfortunately accessing the falls requires either a long hike or an expensive plane ride. For for those who can't make the trek on foot, this is one of the few waterfalls where spending the money to see the falls is more than worth it.

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Trumpeter Falls 3.03 mi / 4.84 km

 

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