The bustling Olympic ski resort of Whistler in British Columbia is a fantastic destination, no matter what time of year. There’s no end of outdoorsy things to do, from ATVing to ziplining. You can even go skiing!
But if you fancy a break from the adrenaline, you could do a lot worse than head about 10 miles south of Whistler’s centre, to the beautiful Brandywine Falls Provincial Park. There you can go for a hike along part of the Sea To Sky Trail to the lovely waterfall that gives the park its name.
In its entirety, the Sea To Sky Trail is a long distance footpath that stretches roughly 110 miles, from Squamish on the coast to D’Arcy in the Rocky Mountains via the Sea to Sky Corridor.
But don’t worry, you don’t have to walk that far from the Provincial Park’s parking lot to reach the waterfall! In fact, it’s less than a mile to the falls and back. On the way the trail crosses the railway line that runs from Vancouver up into the mountains.
The footpath takes you to a lookout at the edge of the gorge that Brandywine Creek has carved into the bedrock. From there you have spectacular views of the waterfall, plunging 230 feet into the depths below.
The time I was at Brandywine Falls Provincial Park we had an added bonus. On the way back to the car, we heard the sound of a locomotive whistling in the distance (which seemed appropriate, given where we were). We got back to the crossing, just in time to see it pass…
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