Della Falls

Coordinates: 49°27′16″N 125°32′11″W / 49.4544°N 125.5363°W / 49.4544; -125.5363
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Della Falls
Della Falls as viewed from Love Lake Trail
LocationStrathcona Provincial Park, British Columbia
Coordinates49°27′16″N 125°32′11″W / 49.4544°N 125.5363°W / 49.4544; -125.5363
TypeSegmented horsetails
Total height440 m (1,440 ft)[1]
Number of drops3
Total width107 m (351 ft)[1]
Average width30 m (98 ft)[1]
Run411 m (1,348 ft)[1]
WatercourseDella Creek
flow rate
1.5 m3/s (53 cu ft/s)[1]
World height ranking172nd [2]

Della Falls is a waterfall located within Strathcona Provincial Park on Vancouver Island in British Columbia, Canada. With a total height of 440 m (1,440 ft),[1][3] it ranks as the 16th tallest confirmed waterfall in Canada and the second tallest on Vancouver Island after Kiwi Falls in Schoen Lake Provincial Park.[4]


In 1899, prospector and trapper Joe Drinkwater discovered* Della Falls and named them after his wife.[5]: 61  Drinkwater also built a 16 km (10 mi) hiking trail to the falls via Drinkwater Creek. Evidence of his gold mining operation, including an aerial tramway he built, can still be seen near the falls.

  • Discovered in the European context. The falls were known of by First Nations Peoples long before Drinkwater walked there.


The only way to reach Della Falls, other than by helicopter, is by crossing the entire Great Central Lake by boat; the only road access to the lake is at the opposite side from Strathcona Park. After the 35 km (21 mi) crossing, there is a dock that marks the beginning of Strathcona Park, and a camping area which can be used as a base camp before trying the next 15 km (9 mi) ascent to the base of Della Falls. More campsites are available along the trail and near the base of the falls. The hike, part of which follows an old logging railway, takes about seven hours one way and is suitable for intermediate level hikers.[citation needed]

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  1. ^ a b c d e f "Della Falls, British Columbia, Canada - World Waterfall Database". Retrieved 2020-08-29.
  2. ^ "Tallest and Largest Waterfalls at the World Waterfall Database". Retrieved 2020-11-03.
  3. ^ "Waterfalls". The Atlas of Canada, Natural Resources Canada. Archived from the original on 2006-04-20. Retrieved 2006-03-30.
  4. ^ "Waterfalls in Canada - World Waterfall Database". Retrieved 2020-08-29.
  5. ^ Akrigg, G.P.V.; Akrigg, Helen B. (1986), British Columbia Place Names (3rd, 1997 ed.), Vancouver: UBC Press, ISBN 0-7748-0636-2

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