You might have traveled to Vancouver and Whistler, but have you ever stopped by to take in the sights that can leave you spell bound? Yes, I’m talking about the Sea to Sky Highway between Vancouver and Whistler, British Columbia. Check these stunning places out that fall on your way making your trip unexpectedly awesome:
Shannon Falls Provincial Park is home to the third-highest waterfall in the province, which cascades down nearly 335 meters, is a very popular spot for picnic. Not just the view from far, but you can actually witness the thundering water falls just after a short half-mile hike. You can even walk along and explore some of the area’s sky scraping trees under the mist from the water falls from above, as there is a well maintained trail.
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Standing at the summit of the Chief gives you an absolutely stunning view of the Squamish town, the waters of Howe Sound, and the stunning peaks of the Coast Mountains. This park has opportunities for camping, hiking, rock climbing and scenic viewing atop the Chief that has three summits, which are 1,600 feet, 1,940 feet and 2,070 feet, respectively.
Elfin Lakes are two small lakes located in the scenic alpine setting of Garibaldi Provincial Park near Squamish. With only about 600 meters of elevation gain, this is one of the more moderate hikes in Garibaldi Provincial Park. The views from the lakes are so stunning, being no less than any of the other sights in Sea to Sky Highway. There is a shelter in between the trees between the two lakes, and tents are available for those looking to make the trip an overnight endeavor. Stopping by here would be worth while you trip from Vancouver to Whistler or vice-versa.
T’sek Hot Springs
T’sek Hot Springs (previously known as Skookumchuk hot springs), is adjacent to the Lillooet River, in the Pemberton Volcanic Belt. Tsek’s hot and cold springs became the most important spiritual site in the lower Lillooet River Valley. People believe that the cool spring served as a healing pool, to heal and cleanse the body and spirit. Once you arrive at the T’sek springs, you will find sites available for camping as well as a day-use parking area.
Mount Brew Hike
Brew Lake is a 17.1 kilometer located near Whistler with the trail primarily used for hiking, running, and nature walks. If you’re fond of less explored places, you will surely not want to miss this one out. It has no signage, no parking lot, and no crowd. Although there are no designated campsites, there is a comfortable cabin- Brew Hut on the ridge above the lake which is open year round for use by hikers and skiers for just $10 per person per night.
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By Jyoti Khatri
Jyoti Khatri writes for Chillwall on fun events, fitness, lifestyle near me and around the world.