Della Falls will always have a special place in my heart. It is where
I proposed to my wonderful wife, Tara. It is also the tallest waterfall
in Canada. It is incredibly pretty, falling from Della Lake above in
three cascades. And it is a super experience just getting to the falls.
Located in Strathcona Park on Vancouver Island, you need to take a
boat across Great Central Lake near Port Alberni, just to get to the
trailhead. Then it is a full days hike to get to the base of the
falls, where you camp and enjoy the scenery. It is a pretty difficult
hike, uphill most of the way. And the trail is rocky, which is hard on
the old feet. We went in early September, and the falls were still quite
pretty. But they would be much more spectacular in late June or early
July, though you may have to battle the mosquitoes getting to the falls.
In May, there will probably still be too much snow on the trail,
depending on the year.
Other hikes. Once you reach the base of Della Falls, there a
couple optional hikes you can do on the following day. There is a hike
to the top of the falls, which we understand to be quite difficult and
potentially slippery and dangerous. There is also a hike up to Love
Lake, which is a difficult 2 hour hike (~ 35 switchbacks), but it
offers good views of Della Falls and Della Lake. Love Lake itself is a
jewel, and you will likely have it all to yourself.
Other Falls. The topographic maps show a route (not a
trail) leading from Della Falls along Drinkwater Creek, to Bedwell
Lake. There is a waterfall along Drinkwater Creek, one at Little
Jim Lake, and Doran Falls at K2 Creek (past Bedwell Lake). If anyone
has been along this route and has more information about the trail
and falls (what are they like), we would be very interested in
hearing from you.
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