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Cerberus Falls
Location Columbia-Shuswap, British Columbia, Canada
Coordinates 51°53′39″N 117°04′19″W / 51.89405°N 117.0720°W / 51.89405; -117.0720
Elevation 1,814 m (5,951 ft)
Type Segmented horsetails
Total height 475 m (1,558 ft)
Total width 198 m (650 ft)
Height of longest drop 475 m (1,558 ft)
Average width 122 m (400 ft)
Number of drops 1
Average flow rate 14 m3/s (490 cu ft/s)
Watercourse Icefall Brook
World height ranking 140th (overall)
26th (tallest single drop)

Cerberus Falls is a segmented horsetail waterfall located at the head of Icefall Canyon in the Continental Ranges of British Columbia, Canada. With a total height of 475 m (1,558 ft), the falls are tied with Kiwi Falls on Vancouver Island as the 8th tallest confirmed waterfall in Canada. It is also the tallest waterfall in Canada by tallest single drop and the 26th tallest waterfall in the world by tallest single drop.


Cerberus Falls forms as Icefall Brook emerges from the Southwest Lyell Glaciers and cascade over the edge of a glacially scoured trough. The falls form two to four distinct segments depending on seasonal melt. During high flow, three of the four segments appear grouped close together while the fourth appears further to the southwest.

The southernmost segment plunges in three massive steps. The middle segment skips down the cliff in one long horsetail. The northernmost segment plunges down into a narrow slot canyon before reemerging as a veiling horsetail near the base of the cliff.

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