Would I run a mile to photograph a waterfall? Yup! Living on Vancouver Island, all
Trent River Falls Vancouver Island
I’m lucky enough to live close to the Trent River Falls in Comox Valley. It is one of my favorites. It’s close, it’s tall, about 10 meters (30 feet) high and when the snow in the mountains is melting, it sounds powerful. My experience has always been met with delight every time I go to photography the falls. It is always an absolutely amazing experience and often rejuvenates my love for photography!
Trent River Falls, Vancouver Island (Comox Valley)
Wanting a photo-trip that is a short hike and a little off the beaten path? Have you checked out Trent River Falls?
The falls have an interesting shape, a long cascade and exposed rock face. The river below the falls is relatively calm and is a popular swimming hole.
The best time to photography the waterfalls falls is during spring or early summer, when the snow is melting, providing plenty of water. However, be prepared for crowds during peak season!
Trent River Falls Hike
There are several trails along the Trent River that will lead you to the Falls. I prefer the shortest route when carrying 25 lbs of camera gear. For all the trail information, I would suggest you check out All-trails.
The trail is suitable for hikers and photographers of all abilities. To get the best photo opportunities of the falls, you will have to be brave. It’s a short but steep slope to the river. Ropes are there to assist you. Take your time. It is worth the effort.
As you approach the falls, the sounds of water flowing over rock face can be heard.
How Do I Get To Trent Falls?
Trent River Falls is located just outside the town of Courtenay in the Comox valley. Take the inland Island highway (90a) to where the bridge crosses the Trent River. Parking is on the side of the highway. There is a small pull-off on the East side of the highway for 3 cars. If you are park on the East side you will have to go under the bridge, than look for a trail that heads into the woods. Or back track down the highway looking for an old logging road. The hike to the falls is about 10 minutes, and it’s an easy hike.
What You Will Need to Photograph Trent River Falls
When you go to photograph Trent River Falls, be sure to bring your camera and a tripod and a good polarizer.
The best time of day to photograph Trent River Falls is early morning or late afternoon when the light is at its best. Try to avoid photographing the falls during the middle of the day when the light is harsh and the shadows are too dark. If you wait till late afternoon, you take the chance of having to photograph around the crowds of swimmers.
Best Time of Year to Photograph Trent River Falls
The best time of year is definitely in the fall, after a rainstorm. The leaves will have changed colour and water will be rushing over the falls. It is a beautiful sight to photograph. However, if you’re not able to make it in the fall, don’t worry! The falls are still worth checking out anytime of the year.
Tips for Photographing The Falls
When photographing Trent River Falls, it is important to use a tripod to avoid camera shake and to use a low ISO to prevent noise. It is also important to use a wide-angle lens to capture the entire scene.
If you don’t have a tripod, find a rock or log to place your camera on to steady it.
Try going down by the river for some close-ups, and then go up into the forest for some wider shots.
Finally, take your time and enjoy the beauty of this natural wonder.
Similar Photo Opportunities to Trent River Falls
Some of my other favorite places in and around the Comox Valley are Brown River, Nymph Falls and the Medicine Bowls.
Overall, Trent River Falls on Vancouver Island is an easy and rewarding family hike with a nice payoff at the end. It’s a great place to take your camera and photograph waterfalls! If you’re interested in reading about some of our other photo trips, be sure to check out the rest of our website.