Prior to the park attaining Provincial Park status in 1965, Bridal Veil Falls was used to generate electricity in the early 1900s for the Bridal Falls Chalet. Today, only traces of the concrete foundation for the power generator can be found.
Bridal Veil Falls Park is located at the site of the ancient village of Popkum, which has settlement records dating back to the 1700s. Popkum is a First Nations word meaning 'puff ball', a plant which grows in the area in abundance.
The park is situated in the Coastal Western Hemlock biogeoclimatic zone. Western red cedar, western hemlock, broadleaf maple, and red alder form a dense canopy over a sparse understory of western sword fern and spiny wood ferns.
The significant wildlife species in the park are primarily songbirds and small mammals. Songbird species include the varied thrush, black-throated gray warbler, and red-breasted nuthatch. Transient species include porcupine, Columbia blacktail deer, and black bear.