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Shooting Star Falls In Nanoose: Truly a Hidden Gem

Let the photo adventure begin! Shooting Star Falls, in Nanoose, is a fun photo opportunity. This remarkable little waterfall is an excellent destination for nature enthusiasts and photographers alike. Imagine the sounds of rolling water falling from above, the mist on your face and trying to stand on your toes in the creek, while getting ready for that perfect shot.

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What is Shooting Star Falls in Nanoose?

Shooting Star Falls is a small inviting waterfall in Nanoose, BC. It is known for its easy access and view. This little treasure is known mostly to the locals. I’d bet hundreds of travellers stop at the rest area, and have no idea of what lies just 200 meters away.

The waterfall is part of the natural beauty of Vancouver Island and is a glorious spot to enjoy. The rest area is a perfect place for a picnic or to appreciate nature.

What to consider when visiting Shooting Star Falls

1. Shooting Star Falls: Level of Difficulty

I would rate the level of difficulty for visiting Shooting Star Falls as medium. However, depending on the path you choose, for example during the summer you could hike down the creek. In winter, the creek will be a little higher, and you will need to walk down the left or right bank.

2. Shooting Star Falls: Length of Trail

The Lower Shooting Star Falls trail is approximately 200 m (660ft) in length, and will take approximately 20 minutes to complete. If you know where to look, you can see the waterfall from the rest area.

3. Shooting Star Falls: Trail Conditions

Trail conditions are not the best. To get to that perfect photo spot, you have to climb under and over trees. Walk through the woods, trying not to get your clothes snagged on the branches and dead vegetation on the ground. The trail is not wheelchair accessible and if you have difficulty walking or require a cane. This is not the area for you.

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4. Shooting Star Falls: Trailhead Accessibility

There are no trail makings, but it’s easy to find. Behind the last picnic table is where I started. The hill is a little steep. Try not to fall. Once down the hill, follow the path.

How to get to Shooting Star Trailhead

Map to Shooting Star Falls in Nanoose

Map to Shooting Star Falls in Nanoose

Step 1 Getting to Nanoose

  • Take the Island highway from any town/city on Vancouver Island.
  • If coming from the South, you will have to do a U-turn as the area around the rest area is blocked by cement blocks.

Step 2: Choose your hiking route

According to Google, the trailhead is just off of Shooting Star Pl from Sea Blush Dr. This is NOT the route I took. I started at the rest area between Nanoose and Nanaimo.

Step 3 Best time to visit Shooting Start Falls Trail

In winter or early spring are the times to photograph Shooting Star Falls and other waterfalls on Vancouver Island.

Vancouver Island is mostly a rain forest and during these times, the water levels are at their peak. In summer, several waterfalls, like Shooting Star Falls, could be almost dry.

Be prepared for the weather conditions

The weather in Nanoose Bay varies with the season. In the winter, the area tends to be rainy, with heavy precipitation and cooler temperatures. This makes for some beautiful and misty photos of the waterfall. But it also means that it’s important to be prepared with the appropriate clothing and gear.

Our weather can change quickly, so it’s a good idea to check the forecast before you head out.

Lower Shooting Star falls in Nanoose

Dress appropriately for the weather and trail conditions.

When planning your trip to Shooting Star Falls Trail, it’s important to dress appropriately. 1) for the weather and 2) trail conditions. The trail most likely will be wet and slippery, so it’s important to wear good hiking boots. I did the trail in my rain boots (galoshes). You will want to wear clothing that covers your skin to protect you from the branches.

If it’s raining, be sure to bring rain gear to stay dry and don’t forget to bring plastic bags or a rain cover for your camera.

During the summer months, it’s also a good idea to wear lightweight, breathable clothing to stay cool while hiking.

What you can expect when visiting Shooting Star Falls

When photographing Shooting Star Falls, you can expect to see a wonderful waterfall surrounded by natural scenery. The waterfall may have a powerful flow, depending on the season and rainfall. I’ve heard of some visitors taking a dip in the pool at the base of the waterfall. It’s also common for visitors to take photographs and enjoy a picnic in the rest area.

Final Thoughts – Enjoy your time at Shooting Star Falls

Shooting Star Falls trail may be a quick stop, but the waterfall is truly one of a kind. Just remember, hiking the trail to the waterfall can be a challenge, but the photo opportunity makes the journey worth it.

If you’re looking for a quick little adventure, don’t miss out on the opportunity to discover the hidden gem of Nanoose Bay, Shooting Star Falls.

While you’re here, why not check out our post on Ammonite falls in Nanaimo

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