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Thunder Falls
   British Columbia, Canada

This waterfall has been surveyed, mapped and measured in person by the World Waterfall Database.
Photo of Thunder Falls Mount Robson Provincial Park has some pretty big waterfalls, but most of them are deep in the backcountry. Thunder Falls, while not traditionally accessible, is quite visible from across Moose Lake and may be one of the biggest front country waterfalls in the Rockies. This is rather surprising considering the stream along which this waterfall occurs doesn't appear to have a name.

The falls begin with a veiling plunge of about 140 feet, then cascade down a steep slope of boulders piled on top of the bedrock before hitting a small pool then cascading over a second cliff band for about 175 feet. The entire drop registers about 375 feet tall, with a much longer runout over more talus below the falls. During the summer the stream harboring the falls moves a substantial volume of water thanks to its large drainage area, so even from across Moose Lake the falls appear quite significant.


  • Thunder Falls is the Official name of this waterfall

Thunder Falls is the officially registered name of this waterfall. In the past seen the falls referred to as both Rainbow Falls and Rockingham Falls, but the sources of these names seems to have disappeared, so the validity of this history is certainly in question.

Our thoughts

Were Thunder Falls more closely accessible it would no doubt be a widely revered waterfall, but as it is it must be appreciated from afar. Waterfall hunters will no doubt want to seek the falls out and more casual visitors may crain many a neck peering across the lake at the falls, but because of the inaccessibility Thunder Falls simply isn't going to gain much respect.

Location and directions

Thunder Falls is best seen where the Yellowhead Highway crosses over the railroad tracks along Moose Lake in Mount Robson Provincial Park, approximately 11km east of Red Pass.

Thunder 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
Upper Moose River Falls 3.59 mi / 5.75 km
Middle Moose River Falls 3.71 mi / 5.94 km
Moose River Falls 3.75 mi / 6 km


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Photography tips

Because the falls face north the sun won't shine directly on the falls during the summer months, but rather over it. This will create problems with haze and make the falls difficult to clearly photograph under sunny conditions, so best options are to shoot early or late in the day or wait for passing clouds. A moderate to long telephoto is also necessary to get a good shot.

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