Break up your Sea-To-Sky roadtrip by incorporating a visit to one of these 5 must-see spots between Vancouver and Whistler…
At an impressive 335 metres high, Shannon Falls is BC’s third tallest waterfall. Exploring the area is easy thanks to a boardwalk and trail network. Nearby routes worth checking out include the Sea To Summit Trail and the Stawamus Chief. The Sea-To-Sky Gondola is also close by and is a great way to access the mountaintop with stunning views of Howe Sound below.
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.
Towering an imposing 2,000 feet above the Sea-To-Sky Corridor, the Stawamus Chief is the second largest piece of freestanding granite in the world. Popular with hikers and climbers alike, the area offers stunning views of downtown Squamish and the surrounding mountain vistas. Headed for the top? Although elevation gain may only be 600m, it’s gained in a short space of time thanks to a series of stairs. However, it’s worth every step!
Stawamus Chief Provincial Park is located just 2 kilometers south of Squamish alongside the Sea-To-Sky Highway.
Alice Lake Provincial Park
Located approximately 13km north of Squamish on the Sea-To-Sky Highway, Alice Lake Provincial Park is a local landmark known for four freshwater lakes. Edith, Stump, Fawn and Alice make up the popular Four Lakes Trail, which meanders through beautiful, old-growth forest and is suitable for all ages. The area is also popular for swimming, picnicking, fishing, canoeing and stand-up paddleboarding (SUP).
In addition to hiking and water activities, the park is home to some awesome running trails as well as mountain biking trails that are some of the best in the area.
Located on the coastline of the Burrard Inlet in West Vancouver, BC Canada, this 185 acre lush virgin rainforest is a great little spot to explore. Lighthouse park is full of hiking trails, which meander through the forest and along the stunning coastline. It’s here that you’ll find West Vancouver’s last standing first-growth Douglas Fir trees along with some Western Hemlock and Western Redcedar.
Lighthouse Park is reached from West Vancouver. Follow Marine Drive westbound until you pass Caulfield Cove Marina and then follow signs.
The Brohm Lake Interpretive Forest
A short drive north of Squamish, Brohm Lake Interpretive Forest is home to over 10km of trails and one of the Sea-to-Sky Corridor’s warmest lakes. In the Interpretive Forest, the main trail is the loop around Brohm Lake itself, however there are options to extend your adventure for unobstructed views of the breathtaking, snow-covered Tantalus Mountain Range – Very Instagrammable!
Find Brohm Lake 7km north of Squamish on the west side of highway 99.
For more information about places to visit in the Sea-To-Sky Corridor, we recommend visiting https://www.exploresquamish.com. Another great resource for hike-speration (“hike inspiration” – see what we did there…) is https://www.vancouvertrails.com.
Have fun exploring and remember to stay safe!
Feature Image PC: Tourism Whistler/Justa Jeskova