Plummeting a spectacular 335 metres (1,105 feet), Shannon Falls is the third tallest fall in British Columbia and is the Sea-to-Sky corridor’s most popular spot for a picnic.
Around the base, you’ll find a well-maintained boardwalk and trail network to explore some of the area’s towering trees, old-growth stumps and ever-present mist from the roaring falls above. There are also some fantastic rock climbs in this area, mainly on the rock slabs to the south of the falls
In the summer, families can splash in the water in the creek below the falls or have a picnic in the field. As this area does get busy, especially during the summer months, the prime time to visit is in the spring and fall when it’s less crowded. Plus, you’ll get to experience the high water levels from the rain and snowmelt, which make for cascading, thunderous falls.
Known as Kwékwetxwm, Shannon Falls holds particular significance for the Squamish people, the area’s first inhabitants. One legend tells that Say-noth-ka, a two-headed sea serpent, created the falls by repeatedly slithering up and down the mountainside.
How to get here
Shannon Falls Provincial Park is located just off the Sea to Sky Highway approximately 58 kilometres north of Vancouver and just 2 kilometres south of Squamish. The falls are adjacent to Stawamus Chief Provincial Park.
Things to do
Hiking & Sightseeing
Hikers and sightseers can pull into the park and hike less than 1km to the base of the falls. There are two viewing platforms located about 5 minutes apart and seeing the falls from both vistas is highly encouraged.
Those looking for a longer hike can take the trail to Upper Shannon Falls (7km) which leads to a stunning viewpoint. It is also possible to link the Shannon Falls trail with the adjacent Stawamus Chief trail - simply follow the Upper Shannon Falls trail until you reach a well-marked junction. Instead of turning right towards Upper Shannon Falls, continue straight to reach the first peak of the Stawamus Chief.
Shannon Falls wall is a popular climbing area in Squamish. The classics include the steep slab of Local Boys Do Good and the immaculate Klahanie Crack (5.7). At the far south end of the cliff, the Gobsmacking Wall offers some steeper, more featured climbing. The cliffs at Shannon Falls have some of the area's highest density of 3-star routes in the 5.11 range, yet see relatively few ascents.
Group picnicking reservations are available for the grassy area above the day-use area from March 15 to October 15. To make a reservation visit www.discovercamping.ca.
The parking lot gate is closed between 10pm and 7am each day
The trail to both viewpoints at Shannon Falls is well-maintained and perfect for young children and parents with strollers
There are wheelchair-accessible toilets in the day-use area. Although the trail is not paved, the surface is a fairly packed crusher dust base trail which is suitable for most wheelchairs. A secondary trail, with an incline, provides access to the viewing platform, although assistance may be required. There are also a few wheelchair-accessible picnic tables and a drinking fountain.
In the summer months there is a small centre that offers snacks, park and outdoor recreation information and souvenirs
There is a large washroom facility with flush toilets located at the beginning of the trail to Shannon Falls. The restroom is open from May 15 to Thanksgiving each year