CANARIES, ST. LUCIA
LEVEL OF DIFFICULTY, AVERAGE from 1 to 5: 2
Nestled in the Grand Bois Reserve about three miles east of the village of Canaries,
the Canaries Waterfall is easily accessible by both car and foot. The road leading
through the rainforest to the falls is paved and well maintained. Plenty of shade is
provided throughout the hike and lush fauna drape over the roadway. Small plantations
line the hillsides, where you’ll see local farmers picking grapefruits, mangos
and digging up dasheen. If you’re lucky, a wave and kind word just might land you
a backpack full of grapefruits from one of the farmers. Reaching the falls takes anywhere
from 1 to 1 1/2 hours.
Upon reaching the end of the road you’ll see a river to your left with a yellow metal
foot bridge. This takes you to the other side and private land. Buses often shuttle
tourists through, charging upwards of $5US. Locals pay $5EC, but it can often
times be avoided. The waterfall itself is about a 15 minute hike that leads along the
river side. Walking down the river provides some great ripples, swimming pools
and fishing spots. Try your luck at snagging a big one with some cane poles and
To the right is another waterfall that is visible after hopping over a few boulders and
turning the corner. Water cascades from above into a beautiful swimming pool.
Further up are three other waterfalls, but can only be reached by pulling yourself up
a rope found on the side off the rocks. It’s a bit tough and a spotter is recommended.
There isn’t much of a trail since these falls are so inaccessible, but follow
the sound of the roaring waters and you can’t miss it.
PEACE CORPS PROCEDURE:
-ALWAYS hike with at least one partner, preferably two.
AARON DOLL, EC76
A steady pace is key for this hike. The hike and waterfall are beautiful. The
road going down is a bit steep, so wear shoes with good traction. A good
walking still is beneficial.
LEO KLEJNOT, EC76
One of my favorite activities in St. Lucia. Totally chill. I caught a massive
fish. Had to be at least 5 ounces. Great eating later that evening.