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Swiftcurrent 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.
Swiftcurrent Falls is a tall, high volume waterfall along Swiftcurrent Creek in Mount Robson Provincial Park. Based on topographic data the falls appear to drop approximately 1750 feet over an amphitheater headwall between Mount Longstaff and Whitehorn Mountain. Because the bedrock comprising the headwall is limestone, the creek has eroded a very narrow slot canyon into the headwall which causes much of the waterfall to seem to disappear into underground tunnels for short distances, only to re-emerge and disappear again. The largest section of the falls exposed to the surface stands about 400 feet tall, but the majority of the remaining descent occurs within the deep canyon and is extremely difficult - if not impossible - to see.

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  • Swiftcurrent Falls is the Unofficial name of this waterfall


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Swiftcurrent Falls is definitely one of the most noteworthy waterfalls in North America, for several reasons. Its height coupled with the high volume of Swiftcurrent Creek should easily elevate it to stand among the great waterfalls of the continent, however because of its extremely unique geology and the reduced visibility of the waterfall, there is simply no way to know for sure just how significant the falls are, or could be, without a major geologic change in the basin.

Swiftcurrent 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
Unnamed Waterfall 0.81 mi / 1.29 km
West Swiftcurrent Falls 1.02 mi / 1.63 km
Unnamed Waterfall 3.69 mi / 5.91 km
Longstaff Falls 3.78 mi / 6.05 km
North Phillips Glacier Falls 3.95 mi / 6.32 km
South Phillips Glacier Falls 3.95 mi / 6.33 km
Whitehorn Falls 3.96 mi / 6.33 km
Unnamed Waterfall 4.69 mi / 7.5 km
Emperor Falls 4.72 mi / 7.55 km
Falls of the Pool 4.74 mi / 7.59 km

 

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