Alexander Falls 

Whistler / Squamish-Lillooet Regional District, British Columbia, Canada

Rating: 3     Difficulty: 1
Alexander Falls

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INTRODUCTION

Alexander Falls surprised us with its size and volume as it was a waterfall that we hadn't planned on visiting until I accidentally came across it while researching other waterfalls along the Sea to Sky Highway. In fact, this waterfall wasn't even along the highway, which explained why it was relatively obscure and not crowded at all. Nonetheless, as you can see from the photo at the top of its page, it more than held its own in the scenery department, and it was a blessing that our visit was as tranquil as it was. The falls consisted of a trio of main tiers with a cumulative drop of about 43m on Madeley Creek, which itself was a tributary of Callaghan Creek (the watercourse giving rise to Callaghan Valley). And since our visit was plagued by smoke from the unprecedented BC fires of 2017, it was also nice that the viewing area was right next to the large parking lot (see directions below).

The falls was near the Whistler Olympic Park, where they held a lot of the Nordic skiing events during the Vancouver 2010 Winter Games. I had read that because of the infrastructure to make the venue easier to access, it also made Alexander Falls easy to access as well. Prior to 2010, it was said that reaching the falls required driving on an out-of-the-way forest service road before hiking on a rough path to reach the viewpoint. I guess in light of countries becoming economically unstable from spending a lot of resources on building up Olympic infrastructure to host the games (e.g. Athens, Rio, and Sochi), this was one of the instances where the Olympics actually enhanced the host's overall infrastructure and financial windfall.




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PHOTO JOURNAL

Whistler was our turnaround point for the Sea to Sky Highway day trip from Vancouver. While it's most famous for skiing in the Winter months, it was also a nice place to stroll and eat in the SummerWhistler was our turnaround point for the Sea to Sky Highway day trip from Vancouver. While it's most famous for skiing in the Winter months, it was also a nice place to stroll and eat in the Summer
Our day excursion to Whistler and back was based in Vancouver, which was said to be one of the world's most livable (and expensive) citiesOur day excursion to Whistler and back was based in Vancouver, which was said to be one of the world's most livable (and expensive) cities
While looking for a place to eat in the Gas Town part of downtown Vancouver, we stumbled upon a steam clock (shown here before the Lookout tower) that was quite the popular attractionWhile looking for a place to eat in the Gas Town part of downtown Vancouver, we stumbled upon a steam clock (shown here before the Lookout tower) that was quite the popular attraction
Even though the destructive BC Fires of 2017 resulted in poor air quality and lost structures, it produced some pretty surreal sunsetsEven though the destructive BC Fires of 2017 resulted in poor air quality and lost structures, it produced some pretty surreal sunsets
Context of the Alexander Falls from the lookout right next to the parking lotContext of the falls from the lookout right next to the parking lot

Taking advantage of the sturdy wooden railings to take long exposure photographs of Alexander Falls like this oneTaking advantage of the sturdy wooden railings to take long exposure photographs of the falls like this one

Another contextual look at Alexander Falls with the lookout to my rightAnother contextual look at the falls with the lookout to my right

Context of the Alexander Falls lookout and the parking lotContext of the falls lookout and the parking lot

During our visit to Alexander Falls, we noticed some pretty wildflowers in bloomDuring our visit to the falls, we noticed some pretty wildflowers in bloom

More wildflowers in bloom near Alexander FallsMore wildflowers in bloom near the falls


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VIDEOS OF THE FALLS


Sweep of Alexander Falls showing the lookout and car park as well as the falls itself from a couple of different spots


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DRIVING DIRECTIONS

From downtown Vancouver, we could head east on the Route 7A towards the Hwy 1 going north then west, or we could take Route 1A through Stanley Park and the Lion's Gate Bridge eventually joining up with the Hwy 1 going west. We'd then drive on Hwy 1 through West Vancouver for about 11km before taking the Hwy 99 (Sea to Sky Highway) towards Whistler. After about 88km on Hwy 99 (3km north of the turnoff for Brandywine Falls), we then turned left onto Callaghan Road. Then, we followed Callaghan Road for a little over 9km to the signed turnoff on the left for Alexander Falls. Overall, this drive was about 15 minutes beyond Brandywine Falls (or about 105 minutes from Vancouver).

Going in the other direction, Callaghan Road was about 15km southwest of Whistler on the Hwy 99 to the right. Once on Callaghan Road, the last 15 minutes of the drive was as described above.

For some context, Vancouver was about 64km (under an hour drive) south of Squamish, and 229km (2.5 hours drive not counting the border crossing delays) north of Seattle, Washington, USA.




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ITINERARIES

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MAP OF THE FALLS



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TRIP REPORTS

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