There are lots of beautiful waterfalls near Revelstoke but Sutherland Falls might take the cake!
Just 25 minutes south of Revelstoke, you’ll find this short and easy walk to the iconic viewpoint where you can see this beauty!
You can hop on Highway 23 and make your way down to the falls. You can also make a stop at Begbie Falls along the way and then go visit Halcyon Hot Springs after if you have the time!
Revelstoke is an outdoor paradise so no matter which direction you go or what you do you’ll find stunning nature, beautiful waterfalls, and a ton of awesome hikes near Revelstoke!
In this post, we’ll share everything you need to know before visiting Sutherland Falls, including the trail directions, when to go, where to park, and what to bring!
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What you need to know about Sutherland Falls near Revelstoke
We’ve done some awesome hikes near Revelstoke and some of them are quite tough with lots of elevation gain. Sutherland Falls is quite the opposite of that!
Sutherland Falls is a very quick and easy hike (almost more of a walk) that takes you to a viewpoint right next to this beautiful waterfall.
Since the hike to Sutherland Falls is very brief, we recommend pairing it with another adventure or two! We actually stopped by Sutherland Falls on our way to Halcyon Hot Springs!
The area where Sutherland Falls is located is called Blanket Creek Provincial Park. It’s a pretty small provincial park but it has the falls and also the Blanket Creek Campground which looked super cool!
This part of BC is known for its stunning nature and when you visit Sutherland Falls you’ll understand why.
Practical information about Sutherland Falls Revelstoke
Distance: 0.5 km return / 0.31 miles return
Elevation: 16 m / 52.5 ft. elevation gain
Type: In-and-out trail
Length: 15 minutes return (add time for pictures)
Difficulty: Very easy
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Here’s a picture of the trailhead for Sutherland Falls
We want to acknowledge that Sutherland Falls is on the traditional territory of The Ktunaxa People, Sinixt, Stoney, Secwépemc, Syilx, and The Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation.
Starting the hike at the Sutherland Falls parking lot
Since this trail is located within a provincial park, the trailhead for Sutherland Falls is super easy to find.
There’s a parking spot right in front of the trailhead which, (unless you’re camping at Blanket Creek campground) you can just drive up to and park at.
There aren’t really any designated parking spots but, as long as you don’t box any cars in, you should be good to park wherever.
It might get busy in the summer but during the off-season, it shouldn’t be a problem to find a spot. Also, since it’s such a short hike, people come and go all the time, so even if you have to wait for a spot, it shouldn’t be long!
As we mentioned, the start of the trail is really easy to find and you’ll even hear the sound of running water from the parking area.
You’ll make your way on the flat trail for roughly 5 minutes and, as soon as you come around the corner, you’ll see the beautiful waterfall tucked away in the forest.
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Admire the stunning Sutherland Falls
The viewpoint is probably the best spot to stand and admire the beautiful Sutherland Falls!
We just stood there for a few minutes and took in the beauty of the surroundings, enjoyed the fresh, crisp mountain air and the smell of pine, and admired the power of the water.
It’s an awesome view and the waterfall is so powerful! If you love photography you’ll also be able to get some really cool pictures.
Whether you go on a sunny or moody day, the waterfall will really pop and you’ll get a chance to get some awesome photos!
Even though it’s only a short little walk it’s definitely one of the stops you should make while you’re in Revelstoke – especially if you love waterfalls!
Once you’re at the viewing platform, you’ll see some trails that go towards the waterfall. We don’t recommend going in there but if you do decide to go please be mindful of where you go and be careful!
After exploring Sutherland Falls
Since it is a short little walk you can always walk around the area and check out Blanket Creek Campground when you’re done.
There’s a short little trail that takes you to some nice viewpoints overlooking the Columbia River as well!
The Blanket Creek Provincial Park is a stunning area near Revy to explore. It’s also a great place to camp if you’re looking for some camping near Revelstoke.
You can even bring some lunch and enjoy it in the camping area (there’s a day-use area) with a view of the Columbia River before heading off to your next stop!
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What to bring on the Sutherland Falls hike
For Sutherland Falls itself, you don’t really need much besides a good camera (or phone) and some shoes unless you’re a barefoot hiker!
It’s always good to have a list though and in case you do a full-day trip or combine this with another hike in Revelstoke you got some inspiration for what gear to bring!
Packing list for Sutherland Falls hike:
- Water! We always fill up our LifeStraw bottles before going on a hike.
- Sunscreen!! You might not need it for the short walk to Sutherland Falls but if you do by chance go chase more waterfalls in Revelstoke or go to Halcyon Hot Springs you may need it!
- Bring some food to enjoy at the waterfall or at the Blanket Creek Campground! There’s a nice area to have a snack or lunch and enjoy the beautiful fresh air.
- A camera! We’ve listed the camera we use below.
You can also check out this great list of hiking gear to get some more inspiration for your hikes around Revelstoke!
The best affordable camera for beginners
If you’re looking for the best and most affordable camera for beginners, check out the Sony Alpha a6000 Camera.
This is the camera we’ve been using for years and still use to this day.
It’s perfect for travelling and super easy to use – even if you’re a beginner.
Before you go explore Sutherland Falls
Check the weather near Revelstoke
As a rule of thumb, you should always check the weather before you go hiking.
This is just a short walk so, rain or shine, you should be fine (but don’t go if it’s pouring and muddy as this can damage the trail). Regardless, it’s still nice to know what kind of weather you’re going to have.
Wear hiking shoes
We wear hiking shoes or trail shoes on almost every outdoor adventure we do.
Since this trail is super short, you might be fine with trail shoes or runners. We wore ours though! And for most hikes in Revelstoke, you really should be wearing hiking shoes!
If you don’t have any hiking shoes, we highly recommend the Newton Ridge hiking shoes from Columbia. Jo just got these recently and she loves them!
Leave no trace
When you go hiking (and do other outdoor adventure activities), always remember to follow the 7 principles of leaving no trace.
- Plan ahead and prepare.
- Travel and camp on durable surfaces.
- Dispose of waste properly.
- Leave what you find.
- Minimize campfire impacts.
- Respect wildlife.
- Be considerate of others.
When is the best time to explore Sutherland Falls?
Honestly, since it’s such a short walk to the waterfalls almost all year can be good to go see Sutherland Falls.
If we lived in Revelstoke we’d probably go at least 4 times a year to see it in all 4 seasons. Every season would bring out something different.
We had a chance to see it in late summer on a nice warm day and it was stunning. Blanket Creek Provincial Park is beautiful and it’s an awesome place to visit near Revy!
It can get really busy in the summer during peak season so late spring or early fall might be the best time to come.
If you do go during peak season, early in the morning or later in the day would be good times to go in order to avoid crowds.
How to get to Sutherland Falls near Revelstoke
From Revelstoke to Sutherland Falls is a 25-minute drive (28 kilometres) on the highway. You’ll take Highway 23 south out of Revelstoke until you see the turnoff for Sutherland Falls.
On the way to Sutherland Falls, you’ll also see the turn for Begbie Falls. It’s worth stopping by if you have the time.
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Recap of visiting Sutherland Falls near Revelstoke
If you’re looking to see all the waterfalls in Revelstoke then you have one more to add to your list. Sutherland Falls is a beauty and an awesome place to visit.
It’s just a short viewpoint walk so it’s easy to combine with some other plans in the area and make a day trip out of it.
Since Begbie Falls is so close, that’s what we recommend doing in the area. Otherwise, just enjoy Blanket Creek Provincial Park and this awesome waterfall.
If you have questions feel free to leave a comment below or DM us on Instagram and we’ll get right back to you.
We hope you have the best time in Revy and get to see as many waterfalls as possible in the area! There are also plenty of awesome hikes in Revelstoke and lots of other fun things to do so we’re sure you’ll never be bored here!