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Brandywine Falls: A Walk in the Park

It’s only a gentle 10-minute walk through the forest to the mighty Brandywine Falls, which thunder down a staggering 220-foot (70-meter) steep-sided gorge.

The falls are a short 15- to 20-minute drive south of Whistler Village, just off Highway 99.

Brandywine Falls, near Whistler

Brandywine Falls, British Columbia

You may know Whistler as a top ski and snowboard resort.

But Whistler is also a popular destination when visiting British Columbia (Canada) in summer.

It boasts many lovely hiking and nature trails. One of our favorites is the Joffre Lakes Trail.

If you spend two days in Whistler, you’ll get a chance to enjoy Whistler’s lakes, bicycle paths and hiking trails.

And when driving up from Vancouver to Whistler (or back), a detour to Brandywine Falls is definitely worth making.

Brandywine Falls, Whistler

We usually stop in at the falls at least once each year (after all, they are almost in our back yard).

The falls are most magnificent when viewed from the first viewing platform.

Brandywine Falls, Whistler

The platform juts out over the gorge.

Spray rises, enveloping the carved volcanic bowl girdling the falls with mist, often throwing off delicate rainbows.

In winter, it’s another spectacle again.

Snow weighs heavy on the branches of fir and pine trees, and icicles cling to the gorge walls.

Brandywine Falls hike

Brandywine Falls is not really a hike – it’s more a walk in the park.

And there’s no chance of getting lost walking to Brandywine Falls.

Brandywine Falls Provincial Park is well-visited and well-signed.

From the parking lot, cross a covered footbridge over Brandywine Creek.

Then follow the trail to the right, crossing the BC Rail train tracks before coming to the first viewpoint of the falls, a large platform built in 2006.

Continue on a short distance to reach another viewpoint of the falls.

Beyond that is a third viewpoint overlooking turquoise Daisy Lake far below and the dark, jagged Black Tusk Mountain.

Daisy Lake near Brandywine Falls

To return to the parking lot, simply retrace your steps.

Brandywine Falls trail stats

Length – 1/3 mile (½ km) one-way

Difficulty – easy, wide, flat gravel trail

Use – walking and snowshoeing

More information on Brandywine Falls Provincial Park

See the park’s website.

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