Dawson Falls was discovered in 1913 by land surveyor Robert Henry Lee and named after George Herbert Dawson, the Surveyor-General for British Columbia from 1912-1917. Lee later discovered Helmcken Falls while surveying west from Dawson Falls.
At Dawson Falls, Murtle River drops over layers of lava, forming stepwise cascades. Below the lava are compacted sand and gravel deposits left by a river that predated the volcano eruption in this region 200 million years ago.
Hiking Trail Map
Read this article for various hiking trails to Dawson Falls.