It’s no surprise that Canada is absolutely packed full of gorgeous waterfalls from coast to coast. But, with Canadian winters, waterfalls freeze. The good news is that all of these stunning works of nature still look pretty amazing in the winter. Without question, one of the most spectacular frozen waterfalls in Canada is Helmcken Falls in BC. Why? Because of the ice cone.


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Well, that’s not the only reason, but it is probably the most unique. The ice cone is actually just a natural phenomenon that occurs every winter at Helmcken Falls. As Canada’s 4th tallest waterfall, you can imagine the power this glacier-cold water has crashing down at the base of the fall. When the water and the air are cold enough, the residual splash creates a massive cone of ice that makes it look like the falls are frozen in time.

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Helmcken Falls is located in Wells Gray Provincial Park, sitting in the east-central part of the province. While Helmcken Falls might be the gem of the park, Wells Gray is actually home to over 40 named waterfalls that are all very worth exploring.

Plus, if winter ain’t your thing, then just take a look at how good Helmcken Falls looks without snow…

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Finally, when it comes to checking out these natural wonders in the winter, you definitely want a professional guide. Luckily, you can do just that with companies like Riverside Adventures which offers snowshoes tours of the best frozen waterfalls. So for a starting price of $160 you can treat yourself to an unforgettable winter experience.

If you’d like to learn more about the frozen waterfall tour you can click here. And if you end up booking a tour be sure to follow all company guidelines. Have fun out there and be safe!

Helmcken Falls

Where: Wells Gray Provincial Park