Shannon Falls Tours
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Tumbling 1,099 feet (335 meters) over granite framed by evergreen trees, Shannon Falls are a scenic highlight of the Sea-to-Sky Highway linking Vancouver to Pemberton. The hike to the falls from the parking lot is a beautiful way to get some fresh air and stretch your legs.
While Shannon Falls are easily reached on a day trip from Vancouver, many visitors stop by when traveling the length of the Sea-to-Sky Highway. The short Shannon Falls Trail winds through old-growth hemlock, western red cedar, and Douglas fir trees to reach two viewing platforms. Most tours include plenty of time to hike to the falls and back. Don’t forget your camera, as this is considered one of Squamish’s prettiest spots.
Things to Know Before You Go
- While Shannon Falls Trail is generally safe and well-maintained, stay away from the creek boulders and the base of the falls.
- There’s a picnic area near the trailhead.
- The Sea to Sky Gondola is a short distance from the Shannon Falls parking area, so it’s convenient to combine the two destinations into a single stop.
How to Get There
The Shannon Falls parking area is located on the east side of Highway 99 (aka the Sea-to-Sky Highway). The falls are about 37 miles (59 kilometers) north of Vancouver and 3 miles (5 kilometers) south of Squamish, making them a nice place to break up a trip between Vancouver and Whistler. Parkbus provides round-trip service from Vancouver during the summer months.
When to Get There
Shannon Falls Provincial Park is open year-round. To beat the crowds, get to the parking lot early, as it can fill quickly. If you’re going in winter, when the falls freeze into dramatic formations, be extra cautious when hiking, as the trail and boardwalk will likely be slippery.
How to Photograph Shannon Falls
A wide-angle lens is ideal for capturing the true scale of the towering waterfall, whose lower half is visible from two viewing platforms near the base. Since the falls face northwest, photography can be tricky in the morning—plan to arrive in the afternoon for the best possible light for snapping photos.
Address: Britannia Beach, BC V0N 1J0, Canada
3 Tours and Activities to Experience Shannon Falls
Have your camera ready to capture photos of bald eagles in Brackendale during this full-day journey to Whistler, via downtown Vancouver. Along the way, stop at Stanley Park and Horseshoe Bay, a quaint village at the entrance to Howe Sound. Your guide follows a scenic route along the Sea to Sky Highway to Shannon Falls, where you'll take a short hike, with time to explore the ski resort year-round.
Explore Whistler on a day trip from Vancouver without the hassle of driving or waiting around for buses. This private tour is exclusively for your party and takes on a scenic route north to Whistler which you can explore your own way before heading back. Includes beer stops at two popular breweries, one in Whistler and one in Squamish.
Travelers that want to explore Whistler on a day trip from Vancouver typically need to rent a car and drive, which means focusing on the road rather than the landscape. You can sit back, relax, and enjoy the views on this sightseeing tour to Whistler, complete with a guide to whisk you there. Along the way you can see Downtown Vancouver and Stanley Park, enjoy views of Howe Sound, and take a few hours to explore Whistler independently.
Price varies by group size
Price varies by group size
Frequently Asked Questions
What's the best way to experience Shannon Falls?
The best ways to experience Shannon Falls are:
- Guided Sightseeing Tour in Vancouver, Shannon Falls and Whistler
- Whistler Private Sightseeing Tour Includes Whistler and Squamish Breweries
- Whistler Sightseeing Tour from Vancouver: See Horseshoe Bay and Shannon Falls
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