Best Whistler Waterfalls - Alexander FallsAlexander Falls is a very impressive 43 metre/141 foot waterfall just 30 to 40 minutes south of Whistler in the Callaghan Valley.  Accessible year-round, the falls are just 9.6 kilometres from the Sea to Sky Highway, up the very scenic Callaghan Valley Road.  The parking lot is just steps from the nice viewing platform on the edge of the cliff across from the falls which crash fantastically into the valley below.

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Alexander Falls is certainly one of the nicest spots for a picnic in Whistler.  The picnic areas are numerous, the surrounding forest is gorgeous and wild and Alexander Falls crashes loud and beautiful in the background.  The Callaghan Valley is home to some other great places to visit. Just past the Alexander Falls parking lot on your left you will see a sign for Callaghan Lake Provincial Park. If you turn left here you can either drive straight up a very bad logging road for 8.5 kilometres to Callaghan Lake. If you want a quick look at a very pretty mountain lake, take the first right at the start of this logging road that takes you to Madeley Lake. On a sunny summer day, few places in Whistler are more serene and beautiful. A short trail from the end of the road, behind the lake takes you down to a lovely and sunny shore of this crystal clear lake. It is also a free campground that is very nice.  Callaghan Lake is well worth the bumpy drive.  Very high up the mountains, it is a pretty great way to get deep into the wilderness around Whistler with little effort.  Almost the entire Callaghan Valley is pristine looking in the winter, with snowy trees, and snowy mountains as far as you can see.  Springtime is when you see the volume of water crashing over the falls increase rapidly.  More dramatic, more beautiful and much louder.  The fall months can be quite beautiful as well. Despite the deteriorating weather and frequent rainfall, the drive up the Callaghan Valley will be flanked by fall coloured leaves. Another benefit of going to Alexander Falls in the fall is that you will likely have the valley to yourselves.

Alexander Falls Provincial Park

Alexander Falls Viewpoint

Alexander Falls Provincial Park

Alexander Falls Aerial View

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Alexander Falls in Winter Snow

In the winter months the Callaghan Valley is a winter wonderland with deep snow everywhere.  Callaghan Valley Road is snow plowed all winter, which allows easy access to Alexander Falls even in the depths of winter!  The parking lot is not plowed, so you just have to park in a cleared section just off the road and walk a couple hundred metres to the viewpoint.

Alexander Falls Winter Parking

Walking through the Alexander Falls parking lot covered in almost 2 metres of snow on a beautiful, sunny winter day.  The outhouses can be seen on the right almost entirely buried in snow.  The viewing platform just past the outhouses is completely obscured by snow.

Alexander Falls Snowy Parking Lot

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Alexander Falls Deep Snow

Alexander Falls Snowy Viewpoint

Alexander Falls Snowy View

Sometimes walking on the railing is the easiest way to get to the falls viewpoint.

Winter Walkway Alexander Falls

Alexander Falls Wintertime

Alexander Falls Driving Directions

Driving to Alexander FallsFrom Whistler Village: Drive south on the Sea to Sky highway, 13.8 kilometres from Village Gate Boulevard, turn right onto Callaghan Valley access road at the sign to Whistler Olympic Park. Follow this road for 9.6 kilometres, keep an eye out on your left for a little sign that directs you to Alexander Falls. The sign/turnoff is just before Whistler Olympic Park.  From Vancouver/Squamish: Head north on Highway 99 towards Whistler. Turn left onto Callaghan Valley road at the sign for Whistler Olympic Park, 40 kilometres from the set of lights at Garibaldi Way in Squamish. Follow this road for9.6 km, keep an eye out on your left for a little sign that directs you to Alexander Falls.  The sign/turnoff is just before Whistler Olympic Park. 

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When To Go See Alexander Falls

Anytime of the year is great to go to Alexander Falls.  In the summer, the weather makes the drive more scenic and you are likely to see bears on the way there.  At the viewing area you have several picnic tables that are wonderful in the summertime.  In the winter months, the valley is a massive, snowy playground.

Bear Near Madeley Lake & Alexander Falls

Callaghan Lake Near Alexander Falls

Alexander Falls lays in the heart of Callaghan Valley with lots of interesting sights.  Callaghan Lake is a beautiful mountain lake just 8.5 kilometres up the logging road past Alexander Falls.  Camping is free at this wonderfully remote feeling Provincial Park.

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Madeley Lake Near Alexander Falls

Madeley Lake is another gorgeous mountain lake near Alexander Falls with a free campsite.

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Northair Mine Near Alexander Falls

Another great place to see near Alexander Falls is the old, abandoned Northair Mine.  Northair Mine is a surreal little world of colourful murals on abandoned cement foundations, surrounded by an astoundingly tranquil little lake in a secluded forest.

Northair Mine Mural by Kups

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