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This easy hike near Vancouver will take your breath away

October 27, 2018
Brandywine Falls - most impressive short hike in British Columbia

This ridiculously short hike in British Columbia rewards you with spectacular waterfall views that will literally take your breath away. Just off the Sea to Sky Highway on the way between Vancouver and Whistler you’ll find the Brandywine Falls. This has to be one of the most rewarding short hikes in British Columbia. It’s the perfect rest stop to get some fresh air and be surrounded by the spectacular beauty that BC offers.

View from the Sea to Sky Highway - Brandywine Falls

Views along the Sea to Sky Highway between Vancouver and Whistler

Brandywine Falls Stats:

Rating: Easy
Distance: 1km
Elevation: Minimal
Time: 30 mins – 1 hr

The trail starts in the parking lot. After a short walk along a wooded path (around 10 minutes) you will cross the train tracks and just ahead on the right hand side you will be rewarded with a magnificent 70m waterfall cascading into the pool below. Over the years, the rock formations around the pool have sprouted trees and moss. I’m not a geologist, but the layers of rock that have formed are really impressive. When the sun shines, you’ll be rewarded with a wonderful rainbow of colours against the falling water. This part of the path is flat and suitable for the whole family; you could even push a buggy.

Just look at those colours! Brandywine Falls is outstanding

Just look at those colours! Brandywine Falls is an outstanding short hike in BC

Continue along the trail and you’ll reach a viewing platform for Daisy Lake and Black Tusk mountain. Hiking down to the falls or lake is not recommended as the path is unsafe.

Simply retrace your steps once you’re done to return to the car park.

There’s no camping in Brandywine Provincial Park, but there are picnic tables in the parking lot so bring some lunch!

Brandywine Falls short hike on way to Whistler

The 70m drop into the pool beneath the Brandywine Falls

Getting to Brandywine Falls

Brandywine Falls Provincial Park is located just 20 mins south of Whistler or 30 mins north of Squamish, on the Sea to Sky Highway. As far as I’m aware you need a car to access the falls as the passing park buses do not stop there.


Best time of year to go?

The park is open all year around, but I’d say the best time to visit is in the spring / summer / fall months when the sun is shining. Saying that, the place would be rather beautiful with a fresh dusting on snow!

Muddy paths in Brandywine Provincial Park

Muddy paths in Brandywine Provincial Park

Further reading:

Read the BC Parks info page on Brandywine Falls Provincial Park here.

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  • Reply Suzy October 27, 2018 at 5:48 am

    What a beautiful spot! The Sea to Sky Highway has to be the best highway name I’ve ever heard. I love that such a beautiful spot is so easily accessible. You’re right that it might be quite spectacular with a dusting of snow. I cannot wait to visit Canada someday hopefully soon.

  • Reply Jyoti October 27, 2018 at 6:01 am

    Love the falls! The hike looks so amazing. I’ll save it for when I get to Vancouver again.

  • Reply Michelletucker October 27, 2018 at 6:22 am

    Great informative post! Love the photos.

  • Reply Ruth Holt October 27, 2018 at 7:54 am

    This looks a beautiful spot! I hope to visit here for our 25th wedding anniversary in 5 years time, so starting to gather ideas.

    • Reply nickyherbert October 29, 2018 at 6:21 pm

      I like your forward planning Ruth! Make sure you look at the Sea to Sky Highway as SO many amazing places to see along the route.

  • Reply Catherine @ To & Fro Fam October 29, 2018 at 6:59 pm

    You read my mind! I’m heading to Vancouver for the first time in January with my very pregnant sister, and an easy hike like this will be perfect. Pinning for later.

    • Reply nickyherbert October 29, 2018 at 11:59 pm

      Yay this would be perfect! Enjoy x

  • Reply Renata - October 31, 2018 at 6:20 pm

    It definitely looks beautiful – so it’s actually a bit sad that the walk is so short – I could see myself hiking in a landscape like this for hours! On the other hand – since the waterfall takes my breath away, maybe it’s not so bad that I don’t have to do too much exercise 😉

  • Reply Sarah November 1, 2018 at 10:09 am

    Sounds lovely. Easy hike, great views, just what I like. Just need to book that flight to Vancouver now !

  • Reply Katherine November 3, 2018 at 2:45 pm

    We visited Vancouver over Thanksgiving a couple of years ago and it rained most of the time so we didn’t get to do any hikes, but I’m putting this one on my bucket list for our next visit!

    • Reply nickyherbert November 7, 2018 at 5:42 am

      It always rains in Vancouver! I’ve been on so many hikes when it’s pouring down I think it kinda adds to the ambiance! I hope you get to visit when the sun is shining nx time 🙂

  • Reply Felicia Mag November 17, 2018 at 4:43 am

    I am sorry to say this but this is much closer to Whistler if you plan to visit rent a car if you’re not already driving a vehicle.

    • Reply nickyherbert November 20, 2018 at 6:47 am

      Hi Felicia, couldnt agree more, a car is super useful. But i know there are a few park bus trips that run from Vancouver too.

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