Surrounded by mountains and glaciers, BC’s Sea to Sky region is teeming with magnificent waterfalls. As the snow melts up above, rivers and streams fill below and raging torrents create spectacular waterfalls.
We’ve compiled a list of our three favourite waterfalls near Whistler. These family-friendly falls can be all be accessed with minimal walking and are perfect for everyone to enjoy.
Nairn Falls is located only 20 minutes south of Whistler within the Nairn Falls Provincial Park. An easy 1.5km hike alongside beautiful Green River takes you through spectacular ancient Douglas Fir and Western Red Cedar forest, following the ancestral route of Lil’wat First Nation’s people. At the falls, vantage points overlook the powerful upper and lower falls. Over the years, sediment and rock carried by Green River have worn away the bedrock and carved the spectacular 60-meter rock-sculpted waterfall.
Whistler Eco Tours run daily Waterfall Explorer tours to Nairn Falls starting from $139.99 per person including hotel pickup/drop-off.
BC’s third largest waterfall – Shannon Falls is located off the Sea To Sky Highway at Squamish, just over an hour’s drive north of Whistler. The falls make a perfect stop-off on during the drive from Vancouver to Whistler. The base of the falls is only an easy 350m stroll from the parking lot. The falls rise a spectacular 335 meters above the temperate rainforest. Why not make a day of it and visit the Sea to Sky Gondola for an amazing view of the Howe Sound and its surrounding mountains?
Brandywine Falls is located less than a twenty-minute drive from Whistler Village and is one of Whistler’s most iconic and photographed waterfalls. From the Brandywine Falls Trailhead, a 10-20 minute walk through the forest brings you to a viewing platform overlooking Brandywine Falls.
The Brandywine Provincial Park is also home to great hiking, picnicking and mountain biking. Therefore, why not plan to make a day of it in the park after you check out the falls!
Whistler Eco Tours has been bringing people back to nature since 2001. Specializing in guided canoe, kayaking, hiking and biking tours, WeT’s interpretive adventure guides will pass on their knowledge of local flora, fauna, history and geology. Contact us for more information or visit our website: www.whistlerecotours.com.