"Goldstream Niagara Falls" (Niagara Falls)

Langford / Victoria / Southern Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada

About “Goldstream Niagara Falls” (Niagara Falls)


Hiking Distance: 1.4km round trip
Suggested Time: 45-60 minutes

Date first visited: 2017-08-02
Date last visited: 2017-08-02

Waterfall Latitude: 48.48309
Waterfall Longitude: -123.55362

“Goldstream Niagara Falls” seemed to us to be a rather obscure waterfall.

This was surprising because it was barely a quarter-mile from a busy highway and it was within the Goldstream Provincial Park.

Goldstream_Niagara_Falls_029_08022017 - 'Goldstream Niagara Falls'
‘Goldstream Niagara Falls’

The park was pretty built-up complete with picnic tables, interpretive signs, a visitor center, and a campground.

And as you can see from the photo above, this 47.5m tall waterfall more than held its own in the scenery department.

Why was “Goldstream Niagara Falls” obscure?

However, without prior research to reveal the not-so-obvious trail to reach the waterfall, it was very easy to miss, and this was what made this waterfall all the more perplexing.

Heck, even the name that we’ve associated with the falls could be confusing as it went by other names like “Little Niagara Falls”, “Niagara Falls”, “Golden Falls”, and even GoldStream Falls.

Goldstream_Falls_031_08032017 - This was the Goldstream Falls, which was a different waterfall than the 'Goldstream Niagara Falls'
This was the Goldstream Falls, which was a different waterfall than the ‘Goldstream Niagara Falls’

That last one belonged to a different waterfall, which also happened to be within the boundaries of Goldstream Provincial Park.

Indeed, “Goldstream Niagara Falls” was an unofficial name (hence the quotes) that I noticed some people used to distinguish it from other waterfalls when doing Google searches.

Certainly, there was a lot to be scratching our heads about concerning this waterfall.

Yet there was no denying that it was possibly one of the more satisfying waterfalling experiences to be had on Southern Vancouver Island.

Victoria_023_09032011 - 'Goldstream Niagara Falls' was pretty close to Victoria, which was the capital of Victoria Island, and it was all the more amazing that it was as obscure as it was
‘Goldstream Niagara Falls’ was pretty close to Victoria, which was the capital of Victoria Island, and it was all the more amazing that it was as obscure as it was

After all, it was the first waterfall of this magnitude on our epic 2017 Summer road trip where we had it all to ourselves as family!

“Goldstream Niagara Falls” Trail Description – the well-established trail

Our hike began from a well-signed and well-established parking lot for the Goldstream Provincial Park Visitor Centre (see directions below).

At the fairly spacious parking lot, there were lots of picnic tables and interpretive signs as well as several trails and buildings.

From the far northern end of the parking lot, we walked to a four-way intersection, then took the leftmost path to continue walking in a northerly direction.

Goldstream_Niagara_Falls_003_08022017 - We started off our hike to 'Goldstream Niagara Falls' on a well-used trail with lots of infrastructure
We started off our hike to ‘Goldstream Niagara Falls’ on a well-used trail with lots of infrastructure

The trail was very wide and flat, and it seemed like it was built for high volume traffic.

It was flanked by tall fir trees as well as some openings revealing neighboring mountains and low-lying bush.

At each of the signed junctions, we continued walking towards the Visitor Centre (about 1km from the parking lot).

We’d eventually get to a spot where a tunnel running beneath the Trans-Canada Highway was on our left (roughly 400m from the trailhead).

Goldstream_Niagara_Falls_057_08022017 - Looking back at an overflow tunnel beneath the highway en route to 'Goldstream Niagara Falls'
Looking back at an overflow tunnel beneath the highway en route to ‘Goldstream Niagara Falls’

Despite no obvious signs or hints indicating the way to Goldstream Niagara Falls, we knew that we had to leave the wide trail and walk through the tunnel (much to Julie’s disbelief).

“Goldstream Niagara Falls” Trail Description – behind the tunnel

When we made our visit in early August, the tunnel was mostly dry.

However, in wetter times (like in the Spring), this tunnel can be flooded and impassable.

Under those circumstances, you’d either have to find your way up to Hwy 1 then make a dangerous crossing.

Goldstream_Niagara_Falls_015_08022017 - Julie and Tahia following alongside the dry bouldery stream on the way to the 'Goldstream Niagara Falls'
Julie and Tahia following alongside the dry bouldery stream on the way to the ‘Goldstream Niagara Falls’

Or, you’d have to know to park in a pullout somewhere near here right off the southbound lanes (more on that in the directions).

After emerging from the other side of the tunnel, we then had a choice of doing a rocky creek scramble or climbing up to a fairly obvious-looking trail on our left that paralleled the dry creek.

After roughly 200m or so, we eventually saw the Goldstream Niagara Falls.

In order to get all the way to the bottom of the falls, if we were on the hiking trail, we’d have to make a steep but short scramble down to the creek bed.

Goldstream_Niagara_Falls_049_08022017 - Approaching the 'Goldstream Niagara Falls'
Approaching the ‘Goldstream Niagara Falls’

If we were already in the creek bed, then we could continue all the way to the falls itself.

That said, we didn’t want to linger here too long since the large boulders fronting and surrounding the waterfall’s plunge pool was an indication that rockfalls do happen.

In any case, after having our fill of this falls, we went back the way we came.

We managed to spend about 50 minutes away from the car, but a good chunk of time was spent just enjoying having the waterfall all to ourselves.

Authorities

“Goldstream Niagara Falls” resides in the Goldstream Provincial Park near Victoria in the province of British Columbia, Canada. It is adminstered by BC Parks. For information or inquiries as well as current conditions, visit their website.

Goldstream_Niagara_Falls_006_08022017 - This was the wide and flat trail leading towards the Goldstream Provincial Park Visitor Centre, which we followed before the departure point for the 'Goldstream Niagara Falls'
Goldstream_Niagara_Falls_008_08022017 - Going past a signed junction near some slanted trees that looked like they wanted to topple over en route to 'Goldstream Niagara Falls'
Goldstream_Niagara_Falls_011_08022017 - Julie and Tahia continuing on the wide footpath leading to the visitor centre while being towered over by these mossy fir trees en route to the 'Goldstream Niagara Falls'
Goldstream_Niagara_Falls_013_08022017 - This was the tunnel beneath Hwy 1 that left the main trail and led us to the Goldstream Niagara Falls.  Since there was no signage nor obvious trails pointing this way, this was what made the falls so obscure
Goldstream_Niagara_Falls_017_08022017 - When we started to see the Goldstream Niagara Falls, we got to the end of the trail and further progress meant we had to scramble down the hillside to our right
Goldstream_Niagara_Falls_028_08022017 - Julie and Tahia scrambling to get as close to the Goldstream Niagara Falls as they could
Goldstream_Niagara_Falls_033_08022017 - Closer look at Julie and Tahia in front of the Goldstream Niagara Falls
Goldstream_Niagara_Falls_042_08022017 - Julie and Tahia looking up at the Goldstream Niagara Falls from the edge of the small plunge pool
Goldstream_Niagara_Falls_043_08022017 - After having our fill of the Goldstream Niagara Falls, we decided to scramble back within the dry creekbed
Goldstream_Niagara_Falls_055_08022017 - These were the first people we saw on the other side of the tunnel on the morning of our visit to Goldstream Niagara Falls
Goldstream_Niagara_Falls_062_08022017 - Julie and Tahia hiking beneath the slanted trees that seemingly threatened to topple over as we returned from Goldstream Niagara Falls

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We’ll describe the directions to “Goldstream Niagara Falls” both from the Schwartz Bay Ferry Terminal as well as downtown Victoria (since we managed to make these drives).

Driving from the Schwartz Bay Ferry Terminal to “Goldstream Niagara Falls”

From the Schwartz Bay Ferry Terminal, we drove about 26km south on Hwy 17 before taking exit 1 onto McKenzie Ave (towards Nanaimo and Sooke).

Once on McKenzie Ave, we then took this surface street for about 2km before merging onto the Trans-Canada Hwy (Hwy 1) towards Nanaimo.

We continued on Hwy 1 for about 13km before taking exit for the Goldstream Provincial Park Visitor Centre on the right.

Goldstream_Niagara_Falls_001_08022017 - The parking lot for the Goldstream Provincial Park Visitor Centre and what we used to start our hike to 'Goldstream Niagara Falls'
The parking lot for the Goldstream Provincial Park Visitor Centre and what we used to start our hike to ‘Goldstream Niagara Falls’

Once on the exit, we then immediately turned left and parked towards the end of the parking lot.

Overall, this drive took us about an hour though this dependended on how much traffic there was.

Driving from Victoria to “Goldstream Niagara Falls”

Coming from Victoria, we drove north on Douglas St, which eventually became the Trans-Canada Hwy (Hwy 1).

We followed Hwy 1 for about 19km before exiting on the right for the Goldstream Provincial Park Visitor Centre on the right.

This route took me on the order of 45 minutes.

What if you overshoot the Goldstream Provincial Park Visitor Centre?

Finally, if you happen to find yourself going north past the Goldstream Provincial Park Visitor Centre and wish to go back south, there are limited opportunities to make a U-turn.

By the way, you may consider doing this because you may try to park in one of the obscure pullouts alongside the southbound lanes of Hwy 1.

Anyways, due to a combination of the terrain and the high speed (as well as volume) of traffic, you have to continue driving north on Hwy 1 for about 5.5km before finally getting an opportunity to turn left into a large pullout.

Only then can you use that pullout to make a U-turn and rejoin the southbound Hwy 1 lane.

Once you’re back on the southbound lanes, then you can drive 5km to return to the bridge over Niagara Creek and seek out a nearby pullout on your right.

And for some geographical context, Victoria was about 31km (about 30-45 minutes drive) south of Sidney (where the Schwartz Bay Ferry Terminal was), about 111km (over 90 minutes drive) south of Nanaimo, and 40km (around an hour drive) east of Sooke.

Checking out the dead-end at the falls' base before walking back downstream for a more contextual look

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