The Shannon falls in Squamish is a must-see location for all nature lovers. The main camping season of Shannon falls is from March to October. The location offers – hiking trails, cycling roads and rock climbing opportunities. For those who simply want to relax and enjoy the scenery Shannon Park has wildlife viewing sites as well as picnic areas.
As this area gets really busy during the high season, we recommend making your reservations in advance especially if you are planning to visit with a group of people.
The town of Squamish in British Columbia began its history in 1920 during the construction of the Pacific Great Eastern Railway. The town is mostly known and visited because of Shannon Falls Provincial Park which welcomes tens of thousands of people every year.
We recommend taking the Sea to Sky Gondola over the Howe Sounds and enjoy the stunning 360 view as well as cafes, hiking trails, and lodges. Once you have arrived you can walk across the 100-meter long suspension bridge with Howe Sound below your feet.
Go to the Britannia Mine Museum where you can visit the historical mining site and the West Coast Railway Heritage which is a railway station holding many train and rail artifacts.
Take part in one of the 300 climbing routes, our pick is The Stawamus Chief which is a 700-meter high granite massif and one of the most visited climbing spots in town.
Squamish also has a municipal airport as well as water access to float the planes, it offers an opportunity to catch a flight to and from Vancouver.
What to do in Squamish?
Don’t let the size of the little town of Squamish to fool you, it has plenty of outdoor as well as indoor activities to offer.
Visit the Squamish Farmers Market that is open every Saturday and buy some fresh produce from the local farmers. You can find more than 60 vendors selling such products as – eggs, cheese, local produce, various types of meats, vegetables and fruits.
Support the local business and grab a beer at the Howe Sound Brewing Company for the best craft beer in town.
Play golf at the Furry Creek golf courses located at the Howe Sound district.
Most importantly –stay safe! The town of Squamish is not only inhabited by 19,000 locals, but it is also home to bears, coyotes, cougars, and elks. Before you take up any outdoor activities in town, make sure you are informed on how to avoid encounters with local animals as well as what to do in extreme situations.
Clean after yourself, make sure not to leave the active fireplace or lit cigarettes behind you as the forest areas are prone to wildfires.
Shannon Falls Provincial Park
Shannon Falls Provincial Park in British Columbia, Canada was created in 1882. This provincial park is known for the third-highest waterfall in British Columbia -The Shannon Falls which reaches a height of 1,099 ft.
You can hike up to the Upper Shannon falls through the old forests on a 3,5-kilometer trail that will take you 470 meters above the sea level, right up to the top of the falls. Once you have reached the top, you can enjoy the stunning view from the Howe Sound lookout. The trail is equipped with ropes and chains for the assistance and in warmer seasons you can even find little swimming pools along your way. The whole trail will take you 4-6 hours to complete.
We also recommend other hiking trails like – Klahanie Crack, Local Boys Do Good and Magic Carpet Ride varying from 5.7 to 5.11 d in difficulty levels.
If you have decided to take part in one of those challenging hikes, you should practice the utmost safety, the conditions of the trails might vary due to weather conditions, make sure to bring enough food and water supplies as well as first aid kit.
For those who simply want to enjoy nature and fresh air, we recommend having a barbeque at one of the designated picnic areas equipped with chairs, tables as well as bbq holders.