Cascade Regional Park Mission Reviews
Oct 13, 2007
Cascade Falls Regional Park is 9.5 hectares in size and is located in the outskirts of the Mission area. The Park's main attraction, Cascade Falls, drops an impressive 30 metres into a large pool. From the upper falls, Cascade Creek runs a series of smaller falls within a deeply incised gorge as it drops 18 metres of elevation to the valley floor. There is a smaller water fall a short ways down from the upper falls, with a deep pool of cool green glacier water. This is where the majority of the public swim. I found it easiest to trek over the rocks along the creek to get to the lower falls.
To swim in the upper pool you have to climb over the rocks of the lower falls, so make sure you don’t bring anything you don’t want to drop in the waters below. Swimming, diving and cliff jumping are at your own risk….so just be careful! The lower pool is deep enough to jump off the high rocks above it, but make sure you jump far enough out to clear the rocks of the cliff.
The creek is lined with rocks, so have a seat and enjoy the sounds of the rushing water. A few picnic tables are around the park and are great for a quick break or to stop for lunch.
The trails are easy to find and easy to follow, and don’t take long to hike if you walk fast. Dogs are allowed but must be on a leash at all times. With portions that include stairs and a lookout platform at the Main falls there are many wonderful things to enjoy at Cascade park.
There are a few signs posted that guide you towards the falls as you leave Mission, but as you get closer the signs are almost non-existant, so bring an easy to follow map along just in case. During the summer there are Police road blocks checking for alcohol, but don’t be intimidates….I thought I had passed the falls so I asked one friendly officer for directions.
Hours of Operation:
The park is open year round. The parking lot is closed from October to May. The gate is open from June to September, 8 AM - 8 PM daily. You can park outside the gate and walk in when the gate is closed.
Plan on taking at least a half a day for this scenic adventure, but it’s well worth it!
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