A Waterfall Adventure
Welcome back to another installment of Gregory’s and my summer waterfall adventure. Last week I shared with you the Brandywine Falls pit stop and this week we are going take you on a hike we went on later that day to Nairn Falls.
To get to Nairn Falls you’ll continue to drive the Sea to Sky Highway from Vancouver to a little while past Whistler. Yep, we’re hitting up Pemberton, or about 5 minutes south of it.
It’s a long drive, strap in with some cool tunes, cool drinks and enjoy the ride.
Pull off along the highway to check out Green Lake to stretch your legs. You’ll want to hit it on the way up so you’re not crossing traffic to get a look at the beautiful turquoise water. On a hot, sunny day, this is the perfect place to stop and burn your retina’s. Totally worth it.
Nairn Falls parking lot does not have a very long turning lane adjacent to the highway to slow your roll before you turn. So keep an eye out for the park signs leading up, and start to slow down when you cross over the train tracks on the Sea to Sky highway.
Yes, you’ll slow down anyone behind you, but it’s better to be safe than sorry when turning into a potentially heavily populated park.
Turning right off the highway you’re guided right into a parking lot that has quite a bit of space. You’re sure to find parking most days, when we arrived and left the lot was just over half full. It was a scorcher though, so most people may have been wise to not hike in the midday heat.
Hiking To Nairn Falls
To get to Nairn Falls you must hike for 1.5km. Yep, it’s a hike. Not a super difficult terrain, Gregory managed it no problems on his lil’ 2 year old legs. And I saw several hikers with silver and white hair managing the trail with ease.
At some points the path gets skinnier with a steep drop off edge, I would not recommend any sort of stroller. If you’re Little is too little to walk, pack them in a carrier. It’ll still be a breeze for the babywearer.
When you’re heading towards the trailhead from the parking lot you come to a viewing area with picnic tables and a lookout over a gorgeous turquoise river. It is GORGEOUS! I know I already said that, I just needed to yell it at you so you knew how much I appreciated this gift Mother Earth gave us. Seriously guys, it’s perfect.
So perfect in fact that you’ll want to jump in, and you can when you walk down a path along the hike to the Falls. Yep! You can get down closer to the water and you’ll discover the secret to it’s beauty.
I already knew this fact because I’ve been around turquoise water many times, the most recent would be Garibaldi Lake. The light blueish green water is freezing cold. And on a hot summer day it’s the best side adventure you’ll go on.
There are several paths to walk down closer to the water, Gregory and I managed the easiest most hiked looking one. It was easy to manage as it’s a switchback and you can see that after about 20ft you’re greeted with a sandy beach.
There will most likely be another person or group of people with you down here, but there is plenty of space for everyone. Gregory and I enjoyed throwing rocks on the sandy area, and there were an group of young adults hanging out along the rocks and in the water where they wouldn’t get swept up by the water.
YEAH! You can go in the water! I yelled again, sorry.
While I didn’t go in myself, I would have if I had my bathing suit. Gregory dipped his feet and enjoyed soaking his socks. As I said, it was a scorcher this day, the hike is dry, you’re sweating, it’s the perfect side adventure. If you’re in a group, see who is brave enough to dump the most of their body in the ice cold water. Gregory won between the two of us.
When you hit the end of the trail you’re greeted with a few stairs and a rock face. In the rain and snow I imagine it is very difficult to keep balance, even on a sunny day I used the handrail provided to help me up the rock.
There are two viewing areas of the falls. Heading right up the rock you’ll come to the upper viewing platform. Here you’ll find an info-board and plenty of areas to entice you to jump the fence and scale the rock for a closer shot for the ‘gram.
I’m not usually one to climb past the fence line… it was just that one time. I felt I got a great view of the upper falls from here, when you jump the fence line you can get to a better vantage point of the lower falls.
The Lower Nairn Fall
Gregory and I headed back down the rock face and followed the fence line through a gate. It was open and we were merely exploring when we discovered this is how to get to the designated viewing point for the lower waterfall of Nairn Falls.
With a fence to hold on for stability, it’s definitely worth the hike down the rock face to this viewing area. The water was loud, fast, and I always expect the water to stop because someone turns off the tap.
Nope, this is nature, and I could stand there and suck in it’s never ending flow all day if I could.
There isn’t much else to say about Nairn Falls other than to make sure you bring some water for your hike.
On to the best part of every travel post, the photos.
As I started to mention in the Brandywine Falls post, by this time of the day I had concluded that some things aren’t going to be captured on film like you want it to. Some things are best kept as memories.
I wish I had a few more photos of the actual waterfall for you, but it might be something that you just need to come and hike to see it for yourself.
Before You Go
I hope you enjoyed coming along our hike to Nairn Falls and are inspired to drive up to Pemberton and hike there yourself. It isn’t a waterfall I would visit all on it’s own. Meaning, if you’re making the drive, make sure you make another stop at a waterfall along the way.
It’s a beautiful waterfall, but not worth the drive all on it’s own if you’re coming from Vancouver or farther. Plan another, make it a real waterfall adventure like Gregory and I did.Planning a family Waterfall Adventure and I want to hike to Nairn Falls #ourRADhouse Click To Tweet
Hiking to Nairn Falls is a wonderful family activity that gets you outside in the fresh air, seeing beautiful things, making wonderful memories, releasing great endorphins and gives you a great photo to share with your friends and start a conversation.
Let me know what you thought about Nairn Falls if you’ve been, or which other waterfall you’d stop at along the Sea to Sky Highway on your waterfall adventure. If you tell me, then you’ve already started planning it and you’re one step closer to getting your butt out the door with the kids.
That’s one way of how I manage to do it at least. Until next time, my friend.