Sea to Sky by Waterfalls

In April, my friend Claire and her mom Robina visited from Scotland. They stayed at my place for one week, which worked out well because while I was at work, they were able to explore Vancouver with ease. On my first full day with them, we opted to drive up the Sea to Sky Highway, and our tour consisted of stops at three waterfalls – Shannon Falls, Alexander Falls, and Nairn Falls.

Shannon Falls at Shannon Falls Provincial Park, Squamish, BC

Our first stop was Shannon Falls, which is located just a few kilometres south of Squamish. The requirements of our stops were to have easy (read: flat) access to beautiful, Canadian scenery as Claire’s mom struggles with Asthma. Shannon Falls has some lovely walking trails, and only a bit of elevation will get you up close and personal with the falls.

Next on our list was Alexander Falls. Driving into Callaghan Provincial Park, I knew to expect snow, but no one was anticipating just how much snow! The small parking lot had been shovelled out, but the short walk over to the lookout took us much longer than expected due to the hard packed snow.

Alexander Falls at Callaghan Provincial Park, Whistler, BC

Furthest on our trip was Nairn Falls. The walk to the Nairn Falls lookout is 3 kilometres round-trip, and runs high up above Green River. The Nairn Falls Provincial Park website states that “Part of this three kilometre round trip route is the traditional route used by the Lil’wat Nation to access the falls and Mount Currie.” (

Nairn Falls at Nairn Falls Provincial Park, Pemberton, BC

We ended our day with a stop back in Whistler at Function Junction, where we enjoyed a hot bowl of soup each at the Whistler Brew Pub.

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