Measuring 43 meters, or 141 feet, tall, Alexander Falls is one of many impressive waterfalls in the Whistler area. Most people see the falls from the upper viewing platform at Alexander Falls Provincial Park, but there's also a well-marked snowshoe trail that takes you to the base of the falls.
To see the falls up close, you'll need to head to Callaghan Country, a winter adventurer's paradise. There are two ways to reach the falls. If you're short on time, take the Express Trail straight down and straight back up again. If you can spare a few more minutes, take the longer and prettier loop. Both routes are signed, flagged, and easy to follow. Note, however, that they are not groomed or maintained for skiers, so be prepared to negotiate narrow trails, trees, and some steep slopes. The final descent to the river is short but steep, and it may not be ideal for beginners.
Conditions at the falls vary based on temperature changes during the winter. Visit Alexander Falls after a prolonged period of cold weather to see beautiful ice and snow formations. Visit during warmer weather to see a high volume of snow melt rushing over the falls. And swing by the drive-up viewing area on your way back to the main road to gain an entirely different perspective of the waterfall.
Combine this loop with the Finger Lakes Loop to get an even better introduction to the Callaghan Valley, and if you are exploring the area for a few days, the Journeyman Lodge provides cozy accommodations and incredible access to the snowshoe and cross-country ski trails in this area.
Winter backcountry adventures can be dangerous outdoor activities that pose significant risks as conditions affecting safety (i.e. weather, snowpack stability, avalanche hazard) are constantly changing. Prior to engaging in these activities each individual should get the proper training to make safe decisions and be equipped to use avalanche safety resources and tools. Please visit our Backcountry Skiing and Avalanche Safety post to learn more.
Journeyman Lodge is a full-service backcountry chalet set deep in the heart of Whistler’s Callaghan wilderness, 13.5 kilometres (8.4 miles) from the nearest road. Boasting genuine hospitality, deluxe meals, and 12,000 hectares of non-motorized alpine terrain, Journeyman Lodge provides comfortable accommodation for up to 24 people (15 singles) in eight private rooms with a range of amenities and adventures.
Spend the days exploring untracked Coast Mountain powder on skis or snowboard, then unwind in the handcrafted Scandinavian wood-fired sauna or in the Games Lounge. Journeyman Lodge offers everything from professionally guided adventure packages to self-propelled wilderness quests to quiet weekends of reflection and solitude.