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Shannon Falls Provincial Park

Squamish

Squamish-Lillooet Area, British Columbia

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  • Approaching the Shannon Falls lookout.- Shannon Falls Provincial Park
  • View of Shannon Falls from the lookout.- Shannon Falls Provincial Park
  • The falls are surrounded by thick forest.- Shannon Falls Provincial Park
  • The upper Shannon Falls Trail.- Shannon Falls Provincial Park
  • The trail zigzags through tall fir and cedar trees.- Shannon Falls Provincial Park
  • Mushrooms growing in the moist rainforest.- Shannon Falls Provincial Park
  • Many varieties of mushrooms can be found here.- Shannon Falls Provincial Park
  • The trail gets steeper and steeper near the top of the upper falls trail.- Shannon Falls Provincial Park
  • The trail plateaus before one last push to the top.- Shannon Falls Provincial Park
  • Near the top of the trail the trees are larger and the forest is more dense.- Shannon Falls Provincial Park
  • Upper Shannon Falls.- Shannon Falls Provincial Park
  • The falls run low in the summer months.- Shannon Falls Provincial Park
  • The view from the Howe Sound Lookout.- Shannon Falls Provincial Park
  • The decent is steep and difficcult in places.- Shannon Falls Provincial Park
  • Great afternoon light in the woods.- Shannon Falls Provincial Park
  • Some very steep scrambling in sections of the trail.- Shannon Falls Provincial Park
  • Permanent chains and ropes are put in place at dangerous areas of the trail.- Shannon Falls Provincial Park
  • Smaller cascades with small swimming holes are accessable along the trail.- Shannon Falls Provincial Park
  • Lush green old-growth forest.- Shannon Falls Provincial Park
  • Information center and picnic area.- Shannon Falls Provincial Park
  • Restrooms.- Shannon Falls Provincial Park
  • More picnic tables.- Shannon Falls Provincial Park
  • - Shannon Falls Provincial Park
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Pros: 
Close to parking. Old-growth forest. Beautiful views.
Cons: 
Very crowded. Small park.
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Region:
Squamish-Lillooet Area, BC
Congestion: 
High
Pets allowed: 
Yes
Parking Pass: 
Not Required
Preferable Season(s):
Spring, Summer, Fall
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Adventure Description

Adventure Description

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Just outside of Squamish and adjacent to Stawamus Chief Provincial Park is the beautiful Shannon Falls Provincial Park. Water originating from Mount Habrich and Mount Sky Pilot tumble over the edge of a 335-meter cliff and cascade over several rock faces before crashing to the ground, making Shannon fall the third largest waterfall in BC. Previously owned by Carling O'keefe Brewers, which used the area for it's glacier fresh water, the land was donated to the province in 1982 and the park was created.

The waterfall is mostly surrounded by lush old-growth rain forest, which makes it hard to get a good vantage point. The province has created a viewing platform at the bottom for tourists to see the torrent crashing to the ground. The park has two large grassy areas that are complete with picnic tables, an information center, restrooms, and a bus stop. The park also draws in rock climbers for its high quality crack climbs and multi-pitch routes.

From the picnic area there is a trail that leads to the top of Upper Shannon Falls, which cannot be seen from the ground. The trail rises 470 meters in 3.5 kilometers through tall old-growth forest and leads up to the top of the falls and out onto the stunning Howe Sound lookout. This trail has now become the first half of the Sea To Summit Trail that leads to the new Chalet at the top of the Sea to Sky gondola. The trail is steep in sections and flat in others. The 3.5-kilometer route back is the same as the way up, but it offers a different perspective and can be tricky coming down. Permanent ropes and chains are put in place for assistance in tougher areas. Depending on the season, you can find a few swimming or dunking pools along the falls route to cool down in. The trail there and back takes about four hours with picture taking and snack breaks, and it makes for a great outing.

 

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