Home of the third tallest waterfall in British Columbia
Just south of Squamish on the Sea to Sky Highway is Shannon Falls Provincial Park. A small park, adjacent to the Stawamus Chief Provincial Park, it is home of the third highest waterfall in British Columbia. Originating from the alpine massif below Sky Pilot Mountain and the Stadium Glacier, Shannon Creek tumbles some 335m down, over granite cliffs, to the valley below.
The park is just off the highway and has a nice picnic area, BC Parks kiosk and a short, easy hike to the base of the falls. Just 350m each way, the Shannon Falls Trail meanders along the base of the falls through old growth Douglas Fir, Hemlock and Western Red Cedar. There are viewpoints along the way and even an opportunity to walk into the boulders at the base of Shannon Creek.
Shannon Falls can be accessed from the main parking area or from both the Stawamus Chief and Sea to Sky Gondola parking lots. There is an easy hiking trail that connects all three lots.
Shannon Falls Provincial Park is located just off Highway 99, 1km south of Squamish on the east side of the highway. The trail begins right off the picnic area, adjacent to the parking lot.
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BC Parks spends a lot of time and effort to keep this small piece of old growth, pacific forest intact. Please stay on marked trails. Venturing into the boulders in the creek and up to the base of the falls is hazardous and should only be attempted by experienced hikers and climbers. Please respect signage and stay on the designated trails.
Best in spring and fall when water flows higher and less crowds.
|Duration:||.5 - 1 hour|