Brandywine Falls, British Columbia

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Brandywine Falls in August 2010

Brandywine Falls is one of many great waterfalls that can be found in British Columbia. It is one of the more popular ones, partly because it is relatively tall, and partly because it is so easy to go and see. The hike to the falls could hardly even be considered a hike, more like a short stroll to the viewing area!

Brandywine Falls is found south of Whistler and north of Squamish. It’s not really even that far from Vancouver, depending on where you area. The falls are right off of BC-99 in Brandywine Provincial Park. After parking and paying the $1 (for 1 hour) fee, you’ll be rewarded with the very easy and enjoyable walk to the falls.

Now, there’s a major viewing area that was built for the falls, but this was not my favorite viewpoint. First off, in order to get a good view of the falls, you essentially have to hang over the side of the viewpoint, and you can see 200 or so feet below you. Not great for someone that doesn’t care for heights! Even then, I had to kink my neck to get a good picture. I would check that viewpoint out, but I’d also suggest heading to a viewpoint that is further along the very short trail. This other viewpoint is not designated, but I think it leads to just as good, if not better view of the falls more head-on. There is a tree blocking the very lowest portion, but I didn’t mind. Walking further along also leads to great views of the valley below.

Directions:

  1. Brandywine Falls is found between Squamish and Whistler along BC-99. If heading north, the entrance to the park will be on your right. As a “warning”, the entrance to the falls can be confusing, especially if heading south. It’s not all that apparent what road your supposed to follow to enter the park or to leave it (at least in certain directions).
  2. After parking and paying, hike to the falls.

Accessibility: 10/10 (easy)
Height: 230′
Length of Hike: 0.6 miles round-trip

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