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This waterfall in Canada turns bubblegum pink after lots of rain

This bubblegum pink waterfall might look like it's straight out of Willy Wonka's chocolate factory, but the natural wonder is actually located in Alberta.

Cameron Falls, located in Waterton National Park, normally has crystal clear water.

But after heavy rainfall, the unique waterfall actually turns pink on rare occasions, leading to some truly stunning views.

So why the change in colour?

Alas, it has nothing to do with a magical chocolate factory and it's not an epic gender reveal, either.

Instead, the pink colour has everything to do with science.

Cameron Falls is near the aptly-named Ruby Ridge, which is home to shaly siltstones called argillite (red rocks with oxidized iron); after a torrential downpour, the red colour sometimes washes into Cameron Creek, colouring the falls.

According to Rochelle Coffey, one of the few people lucky enough to witness the phenomenon, the falls were coloured red for "several hours" when she happened across them.

There's no guarantee that you'll see a pink waterfall when you hike Cameron Falls (in fact, it's only happened once or twice), but you'll probably want to go in May or June after heavy rainfall for your best chance.

Lead photo by

Rochelle Coffey

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