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Nairn Falls Provincial Park
About This Park
Just 20 minutes north of Whistler, and located within the boundaries of the Village of Pemberton, just 5 minutes from Pemberton town center, is Nairn Falls Park. This park provides a good base camp for exploring Whistler, the Pemberton Valley or nearby Garibaldi Provincial Park.
It is an excellent overnight stop before continuing onto the Duffey Lake Road or points north or south. The falls are 60 m high and a 1.5 km hiking trail will take you to the viewpoint.
Know Before You Go
- This park is patrolled by a Park Operator. In case of emergency, contact the Park Operator located at the Service Area.
- Nairn Falls Provincial Park is situated along a fast flowing river. Some trails and campsites have steep banks and drop-offs. Remain on developed facilities and stay within fenced areas. Use extreme caution when walking near the river’s bank.
- Park gates are open 24hrs and park operators are on site between 7am and 11pm.
- Outside the park, One Mile Lake is 2km north on Highway 99. This is a popular area for swimming and picnicking. There are no lifeguards at this lake.
- There is a sani-station located at the full service tourist information center welcoming visitors to Pemberton.
- Other activities in the Pemberton area might include horseback riding, river rafting or mountain biking.
- Quiet Hours are 10 pm to 7 am: Music, generators, etc. must be shut off completely between these hours.
- Generator use is only permitted between the hours of 9am – 11am, and from 6pm – 8pm. View the generator policy
This park is located off Highway 99, approximately 92 km north of Squamish, 32 km north of Whistler and located within the boundaries of the Village of Pemberton, just 5 minutes from Pemberton town center.
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Nature and Culture
- History: Nairn Falls Provincial Park was established in 1966. This park protects a very special area of natural and cultural history. Long a spiritual site for the Lil’wat Nation, Nairn Falls is a dramatic example of the erosive power of water. Look for “potholes” created in the rocks as the water spins trapped particles in ever-deepening circles.
- Conservation: Situated on the Green River, the park’s 171 hectares protect a mixed forest of western hemlock, western redcedar and coastal Douglas-fir. Also growing here is the western flowering pacific dogwood - the floral emblem for BC and a protected species.
- Wildlife: Nairn Falls is home to some very special wildlife. Of particular note is the rubber boa, one of the most cold-tolerant snake species. Smallest of the boa constrictor family, its average length is only 45 cm (18 inches). Its nocturnal habits mean that this shy snake is rarely observed. The boa’s brown or gray, plasticine-like appearance and two blunt ends make it hard to identify as a living animal from a distance. If you see something that looks like a big brown or gray worm, please do not disturb it! Small mammals and birds such as squirrel, raccoon, gray jay, and raven can often be seen.
- Management Planning Information
- There is currently no approved valid management plan for this area. Management plans are prepared as soon as practicable, subject to available resources and the ability of key planning partners to participate.
Activities Available at this Park
Bicycles must keep to roadways. Bicycle helmets are mandatory in British Columbia. The trail to Nairn Falls is closed to cyclists.
Anyone fishing or angling in British Columbia must have an appropriate licence.
For your own safety and the preservation of the park, obey posted signs and keep to designated trails. Shortcutting trails destroys plant life and soil structure. The Green River is fast flowing and very cold. Please watch children closely. Children require close supervision at this park.
Nairn Falls Trail: Part of this three kilometre round trip route is the traditional route used by the Lil’wat Nation to access the falls and Mount Currie. The trail starts at the day-use parking lot. Hikers should allow at least 1 hour for the hike and wear proper hiking attire. Please stay on the trail and take care along the steep banks and drop offs. This river runs very fast and is very cold. Mountain bikes are not permitted.
One Mile Lake Trail: Approximately 2km north of the campground is a swimming and play area at One Mile Lake. The trail leaves the park from the southeast corner of the campground. This trail is not regularly marked and is not maintained. There are no lifeguards at the lake. Please keep a close watch on children.
Coudre Point: Another pleasant walk is around Coudre Point. The trail wanders along the riparian areas and bank of the Green river. The trails vary in length, all using a circular route starting near site 17, and ending near site 47. This is a fast-flowing river and care should be taken when near the river bank. Please keep an eye on your children at all times, especially near the water.
Pets on Leash
Pets/domestic animals must be on a leash at all times and are not allowed in beach areas or park buildings. You are responsible for their behaviour and must dispose of their excrement. Backcountry areas are not suitable for dogs or other pets due to wildlife issues and the potential for problems with bears.
The viewing platform provides excellent views of Nairn Falls and is approximately a 1.5 kilometre hike.
Facilities Available at this Park
There are wheelchair-accessible pit toilets available.
While campfires are allowed and campfire rings are provided at each campsite, we encourage visitors to conserve wood and protect the environment by minimizing the use of fire and using campstoves instead. Firewood can be purchased in the park or you may bring your own wood. Fees for firewood are set locally and may vary from park to park. Limited burning hours or campfire bans may be implemented. To preserve vegetation and ground cover, please don’t gather firewood from the area around your campsite or elsewhere in the park (this is a ticketable offence under the Park Act). Dead wood is an important habitat element for many plants and animals and it adds organic matter to the soil.
Two hand pumps are located in the park. The pumps are shut off during the winter months.
This park has a day-use/picnic area, there are four picnic tables and two pit toilets.
Pit or Flush Toilets
This park only has pit toilets; no flush toilets.
Vehicle Accessible Camping
This park offers vehicle-accessible campsites. There are vehicle accessible sites, of which 7 are double sites. There are no pull through sites. Sites are mostly shaded and in the trees. Maximum of 2 vehicles per site; there is no extra parking available. There is no gate house. There is a locked gate in the off season, however, you may still walk in and camp. There are no facilities or services available, and no fees in the off season. The closest store is in Pemberton, approximately 3 kilometres away. The nearest pay phone is also located in Pemberton. Campsite reservations are accepted.