Shannon Falls

Shannon Falls is the third largest waterfall in British Columbia, Canada.

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Shannon Falls is located in the Shannon Falls Provincial Park, and is named after early settler William Shannon.

The waterfall has a height of 335 metres (1,099 feet).

There is a kiosk located at the trail entrance, which has snacks, souvenirs, and park information. There are also a flush toilet block.

The Shannon Falls Provincial Park is located 58 kilometres (36 miles) north from Vancouver and 2 kilometres (1.2 miles) south of Squamish on the Sea to Sky Highway.

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Johnston Canyon

Johnston Canyon is a tributary of the Bow River in Banff National Park.

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The canyon has been formed by erosion over thousands of years. The Johnston Creek, which empties into the Bow River, has cut through limestone rock creating the canyon.

Catwalks are attached to the limestone walls allowing visitors to follow the Johnston Creek through the canyon.

It is 1.1 km (1/2 mile) one way the the Lower Falls and 2.2 km (1 1/2 miles) one way to the Upper Falls. Allow 2 to 2/12 hours for a return trip to both the Lower and Upper Falls.

For a longer hike continue on 3 kms from the Upper Falls to the Ink Pots, a series of green coloured mineral pools.

At the lower falls you can cross a bridge and climb through a tunnel to see the waterfall up close. Expect to feel the spray from the waterfall and during busy periods you may have to wait to enter.

 

At the base of the trail is the Johnston Canyon Resort. There is a restaurant, gift shop and ice cream stand. The resort offers cabin and cottage accommodation.

Johnston Canyon is 25 km from Banff and 33 km from Lake Louise on the Bow Valley Parkway.

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Bow Falls Trail

Bow Falls Trail is a walk in Banff, Canada that follows the south shore of the Bow River to Bow Falls.

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It is a 1.2 km walk from the Bow River Bridge to the Bow Falls. The is a segment of the Bow River Trail.

There are separate trails for pedestrians and cyclists. Bicycles are not permitted on the clifftop part of the track. The clifftop part of the track is closed during the winter.

The Bow Falls is adjacent to the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel. The waterfall itself is rather wide and shallow.

It is a nice walk from Banff township along the riverbank to the falls.

If you don’t want to walk the trail there is a parking lot off Bow Falls Drive.

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Wrights Water Gardens

Wrights Water Gardens is a private garden developed around the historic Mauku waterfall and quarry.

The gardens are located 128 Mauku Road, Patumahoe and are open October through May, Wednesday to Sunday from 10am to 4:30pm. During the winter months (June to August) the gardens are only open weekends.

There is also a café, gift shop and nursery onsite. The gardens are a popular venue for weddings and private functions.

Adults are $12, Seniors $10, Children $6. Dogs on a leash are most welcome.

The Mauku waterfall and stream is the focal point of the gardens. Back in the 1800s there was a huge waterwheel located at top of the waterfall, which powered a nearby flax mill. This was dismantled in 1869, and the area became a popular picnic spot for locals.

Following the Second World War the land was turned into a rock quarry. After the quarry was abandoned the site was left unkempt with rubbish and weeds growing for the next forty years.

Mauku waterfall

Mauku waterfall

The quarry was developed into a 4 acre garden, which opened in 1992. Numerous pathways and bridges weave through this the magical garden.

The Hardy Waterlilies flower around September finishing late March. Tropical waterlilies start flowering in mid December finishing in May, and the Lotus start following in late December finishing in late February.

As well as the water gardens there are several special features including a wedding lawn, rock garden, boulder garden, Oriental garden, wishing well, and the Balinese Temple, a Buddhist temple.

The new owners of the gardens have also placed various sculptures and statues throughout the gardens.

Wedding Lawn

Wedding Lawn

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Balinese Temple

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Hunua Falls

Hunua Falls is part of the Hunua Ranges Regional Park.

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To get to Hunua Falls before Hunua Village, turn left into White Road and then left into Falls Road and then follow this road. During the summer (daylight savings) the gates are open 6am to 9pm; winter 6am to 7pm.

It is a short walk to the 30 metre waterfall, which is part of the Wairoa River. There is a large beautiful photo frame, which looks out to the waterfall, providing a photo opportunity.

There are two short walks. The Hunua Falls Upper Lookout Walk, is a 30 minute return walk through bush to a lookout platform. The Hunua Falls Lower Lookout Walk is a 15 minute return walk that takes visitors to the opposite side of the waterfall pool.

Both walks are accessible by crossing a footbridge over the river and turning to the right. It is also possible to view the waterfall from the footbridge.

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There is a large car park, toilet facilities and picnic tables in the clearing before the large photo frame.

While swimming in the river is possible, swimming in the pool below the waterfall is not recommended as the pool is up to 19 metres deep. Tragically there have been 9 drownings since 1980, so please take caution.

Bridal Veil Falls

Bridal Veil Falls in a waterfall in the Waikato region.

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The waterfall is a 55 metre (180 feet) plunge waterfall that over time has caused a large pool to form at the bottom. The pool is five metres deep but there is a large boulder in the middle of the pool just below the surface.

The waterfall is located along the Pakoka River at the Wairēinga Scenic Reserve. Wairēinga means ‘water of the underworld’ in Māori.

Wairēinga/Bridal Veil Falls is located between the towns of Te Uku and Raglan. The waterfall is off Kawhia Road. Access is via Te Mata Road, which is off the Hamilton/Raglan Highway (SH23). The carpark is 4 km down Kawhia Road, from the Te Mata Road turn off. From the carpark it is a 10 minute bush walk to the top of the waterfalls.

There are four viewing platforms. There are two platforms at the top of the waterfall. It is 135 steps down to a midpoint platform and 261 steps to the viewing platform at the bottom.

Top viewing platform

Top viewing platform

2nd top viewing platform

2nd top viewing platform

Midway viewing platform

Midway Viewing Platform

Lower viewing platform

Lower viewing platform

Facilities wise there are public toilets (long drop) at the entrance and a picnic table in a clearing.

The track at the top of the waterfall is accessible for wheelchairs and children’s pushchairs but there is no access to the bottom of the falls other than the steep set of steps.

Swimming in the pool below the waterfall is not recommended as the water quality is not safe for swimming.