Dawson Falls is one of seven waterfalls on Murtle River in Wells Gray Provincial Park, British Columbia, Canada. Murtle River drains from Murtle Lake, passes through 7 waterfalls, and finally joins Clearwater River at Gattling Gorge of Helmcken Canyon (the narrowest section of Clearwater River, about 20m or 66ft wide).
The seven sisters waterfalls in sequence are: McDougall Falls, Meadow Falls, Horseshoe Falls, Majerus Falls, Dawson Falls, The Mushbowl, and Helmcken Falls. Only the last three are accessible by road (Clearwater Valley Road); the former five are accessed by hiking trails.
Wells Gray’s waterfalls are a result of volcanic action, glaciation, and erosion by water. In summer Dawson’s step-like falls are a roar of white water flowing over layers of lava. Water and spray have eroded the thin layer of lava into the back of the “steps”. During the coldest winters, a wall of blue ice forms over the falls—you can’t see the water move, but you can certainly hear it!
Hiking Trail Map
Read this article for various hiking trails to Dawson Falls.