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