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Lower cascade of Della Falls
Location: Strathcona Provincial Park, Great Central Lake, Port Alberni region
Stream: Della Creek
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Height: 1444 ft. (440.2 m)
Access:   boat   backpack   nodog  
Distance: 9.6 miles (1 way) (15.4 km)
Elevation: 1150 ft. elevation gain
Season: May-Sep
Form:   tiered
Lat/Long:49.455461, -125.53712
Directions:Great Central Lake Road is 13km west of Port Alberni on Hwy #4. At the lake, Ark Resort offers a water taxi to the trailhead (~$90 per person). Call for reservations (250-723-2657). You may also rent boat or canoe at the resort. If you are very ambitious, canoeing to the other end of the windy lake will take most of the day and a lot of energy, but a good experience if you have the time.

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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