Brandywine Falls Provincial Park Whistler Area Hiking Trails
Brandywine Falls is one of the must see sights on the way to or from Whistler. The falls drop from a 66 metre, unnaturally abrupt cliff to the valley below. It is such a popular and beautiful sight that it is a Provincial Park complete with a large and elaborate viewing platform directly opposite the falls. Located just 20 minutes south of Whistler, Brandywine Falls Provincial Park is just off of the Sea to Sky Highway.
If driving from Vancouver, keep your eyes out for the Brandywine Falls sign on your right about 25 minutes north of Squamish.
The parking lot is immediately off the highway and the short 1 kilometre trail takes you over then alongside the Cheakamus River to the viewing area. The only facilities in the park are pit toilets and picnic tables and there is no charge for hiking or for parking your vehicle in the park.
The gate off of the highway is locked at night and in the winter so at these times you simply park at the edge of the highway and hike past the gate.
Brandywine Falls Provincial Park is attached to the wonderful Sea to Sky Trail which runs between and beyond Whistler and Squamish. It is a wide, gravel biking and hiking trail that will eventually extend north to Pemberton.
Directions to Brandywine Falls From Whistler:
To find it just keep your eye out for the Brandywine Falls sign, 11km south of Whistler Village. The falls will be on your left, driving from Whistler. For much of the winter you will find the gates to the parking lot closed. If you encounter this, simply park as close to the gate as possible and hike from there. You will likely see a couple cars already parked there doing the same as you.
Other Waterfalls Close to Whistler:
Alexander Falls: (25 minute drive south of Whistler): Drive right to falls
Nairn Falls: (20 minute drive north of Whistler): Easy, flat trail, 1.2k easy hike to falls
Rainbow Falls: (20 minute drive north of Whistler): Steep but short trail, 0.5k hike to falls
Shannon Falls: (45 minute drive south of Whistler): Steep but short trail, 0.3k hike to falls
Wedgemount Falls: (10 minute drive north of Whistler): Steep and very difficult trail, 5k hike to falls viewpoint