Alexander Falls is a common stop-off for travelers visiting the nearby Whistler Olympic Park. There is a drive-in lookout at the top of the falls, making it easily accessible to visitors who want spectacular views without having to embark on a lengthy hike. If you do want more adventure, there is a trail leading to the base of the falls, though it is only passable during winter. You’ll need snowshoes and a brave disposition to make it to the base; there are steep sections that make this trail unsuitable for beginners or children.
Things to know before you go
- The viewing platform at Alexander Falls is wheelchair-accessible.
- There is a large parking lot at the site, as well as picnic tables, outhouses, and educational signage.
- Bears are commonly spotted in the vicinity of the falls, particularly at dusk on the approach road; if you see any, be sure to stay inside your car.
- The picnic area is day-use only and camping is forbidden.
How to get there
Alexander Falls is about a 30-minute drive from Whistler Village. Follow the Sea to Sky Highway (Highway 99) south and take the exit onto Callaghan Valley Road. If you don’t have access to a car, it’s best to go as part of a guided tour.
When to get there
If you want to view the falls when flowing, go in late spring or early summer, when the high volume of water—the result of the seasonal snowmelt—creates a dramatic cascade. For snowshoeing opportunities, the winter months (December–March) are best.
Whistler Olympic Park
Alexander Falls is just a 5-minute drive from Whistler Olympic Park, which hosted many Nordic skiing events during the 2010 Whistler Olympics. The park now serves as a recreational facility with numerous cross-country ski and snowshoe trails, a sledding hill, and backcountry ski access.
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