A Waterfall Adventure
A waterfall was the first adventure Gregory and I went on when we started hiking this year. As summer was quickly coming to a close, I wanted to bring him on one more epic Waterfall adventure while the weather was beautiful out.
Today I am sharing one of the stops on this wonderful waterfall adventure we went on a few months back. Driving up the Sea to Sky Highway, Gregory and I stopped off to check out Brandywine Falls.
The Sea to Sky Highway is always really fun to drive. Once you’re out past West Vancouver you’ll be out of whatever city traffic there happens to be and you’re smooth sailing with stunning views of ocean and mountains.
To get to Brandywine falls you’ll want to drive past Squamish towards Whistler, but not all the way there. You’ll pull off on the passenger side to a large parking lot with a Brandywine Falls Park sign to let you know you’ve made it.
The great thing about this being a provincial park is that there are some pretty sweet amenities at this rest stop. Parking is ample, with space for RV’s and tour buses in a separate area so you’re not going to be fearful of a novice road tripper scratching your car while they try to park their tank.
There is also some picnic tables in nice shaded areas and bathrooms. Now, as you’d already know if you’re a regular around here, I do not care for outhouses and didn’t even bother getting too close to them. They are there for you though. Trash cans are at the start of the parking lot trail head, please take care of our parks and pack out whatever you happen to bring in.
Lastly, there are lots of information boards all around the area. A large multi-faced board with information on all sorts of things is at the parking lot. It has great representation of the First Nations people and offers teachings about the culture (excellent) and two boards at the viewing areas on the hike.
I included photos so if you’re kid is as impatient as mine and won’t let you read it while you’re there, maybe you can squint and read a few lines here.
Brandywine Falls Hike
The hike to Brandywine Falls is very enjoyable. It isn’t very long at half a kilometer, it’s very easy terrain for all family members, and you get to cross a bridge and railroad track. My kid loves both of those things, so this is a major WIN for this waterfall, most likely Gregory’s favourite stop on this adventure.
Follow the trailhead as it points you down a dirt path. When you come close to the train tracks you’ll find another sign post that will tell you to keep going forward to get to the falls, or take a left to check out a lake.
Gregory and I attempted to find the lake on the way back and lost the trail about 50m in. If you happen to know where the trail goes when it leads you to the base of the rock hill, let me know in the comments please. I lurve side adventures and if I need to climb up the rocks I am willing, but want to be sure before I drag Gregory up with me.
A short walk after the train tracks you’ll come across the viewing platform for Brandywine Falls. It’s gorgeous, this waterfall is probably one of my top two I’ve seen this summer. The other being Bridal Veil Falls that I shared a few weeks back.
If I could manage to find a trail that leads me closer to this waterfall and not just to this viewing area from up high, this would for sure be my favourite waterfall I’ve ever seen. Even being able to walk through Hole in the Wall or through a gorge to Oneonta doesn’t compare to the satisfaction of just looking at this magnificent beauty from afar.
Getting a good spot for a photo is difficult with the heavy traffic of people, but if you hang around long enough you’ll be able to get a selfie without someone else in the shot. I wanted to stay there and just stare at the water rushing down but Gregory wasn’t having it. Deciding to keep checking out what the trail had to offer us further past the falls, Gregory and I stumbled upon a lookout.
I’m really not sure what to call this area, it’s about 5 minutes further down the path from the falls, and was completely void of other people while we were hanging out having a snack. This trail leads to a dead end look out over a valley between mountains. It’s absolutely gorgeous! I took so many selfies, and kept trying to hold Gregory up and take a photo without the fence in the background but I had little luck preserving this gorgeous scene.
Sometimes I try really hard to preserve my memories via photos because I easily forget things in my often over-thinking brain. But I can admit defeat and realize that some things you need to just enjoy for that moment. Not everything is meant for photo and video. Some things are best remembered in our minds.
This rad photo dump makes me smile because Gregory and I really enjoyed this stop on our Waterfall adventure. Again, it was his favourite of the day thanks to the bridge and train tracks.
Oh, and did I mention Gregory is holding a iPod because he too is starting to take photos on our hikes? Yep, got myself a little photographer in the making. What am I going to do when I manage to get a DSLR and he wants one just like mom. Uh Oh.
Before You Go
I said it before, if I knew of a trail that would lead me closer to the falls, I want to hike it. I’ve seen instagram photos and I want to see that natural power source at a better angle. Mother Earth sure does gift us with amazing things. If you know of the trail, let me know in the comments could you? I will hike it in the snow this winter if it’s possible. I really want to check it out.
I hope you enjoyed checking out the Brandywine Falls with us, check back next week to see another stop on our waterfall adventure along the sea to sky highway. Before you hit up this waterfall though, be sure to stop outside Squamish and check out the Shannon Falls. It’s an easy walk from the parking lot and if you’re looking for a hike to challenge yourself after you can access the Stawamus Chief right there.