On one of our recent trips to Whistler, Steve and I knew that there was no way we would skip a trip to Brandywine Falls. This iconic landmark sits almost squarely in between Whistler and Squamish, along the Sea to Sky Highway.
It couldn’t be the more perfect spot for a quick rest stop from your road trip to Whistler. Brandywine Falls Provincial Park offers a lovely spot to stretch your legs and take in the invigorating cedar-scented fresh air.
Welcome to Brandywine Falls Provincial Park
Hiking Brandywine Falls
The good thing is that Brandywine Falls Provincial Park offers an easy hike, thanks to its flat terrain. Not only is it easy, but it is also a quick trip to the stunning waterfalls. From the parking lot, it should only take you about 15 minutes to get to the viewing platform, where you can revel in the beauty of Brandywine Falls.
For those who would like to be more precise about the time needed to make it to and back from the falls, allot some 30 minutes for the whole journey.
If you want to get the full Brandywine Falls experience, however, some folks hike to the base of the falls. We saw signs indicating it was off-limits, and we are sticklers for rules, however, we were really hoping to see it from the bottom and were disappointed to see signs that proceeding beyond the fence was not allowed. We are well aware that loads of folks find their way to base of the falls to capture those stunning photographs, however, we wouldn’t want to advise you to trespass or break the park guidelines.
Brandywine Fall is rated as an easy hike in terms of the level of difficulty. This can be attributed mostly to the minimal change in elevation along the way. It is more like a short stroll.
The Brandywine Falls Provincial Park is open all year-round. But if you want to get there on the best days, squeeze in a trip sometime between April and October. If you’re driving from Vancouver, it will only take 90 minutes for you to reach this out-and-back trail.
And because it’s a pretty popular spot to check out, you can expect a lot of other visitors wanting to have their own special Brandywine Falls experience too. To secure a good parking spot, it’s best to go early in the morning, or even on rainy days when people aren’t likely to want to go hiking.
Brandywine Falls is dog-friendly—as long as you keep them leashed. It’s a stable and steady trail, your pet should also be able to enjoy it as well.
If you want to do a bit more exploring, you can choose longer hikes in Brandywine Falls Provincial Park. Unfortunately, we didn’t have time to go deeper into the forest, but that lush bed of moss was sure calling our name.
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